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Validating the assumptions through political donations
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Few if any would argue against the premise that academia in the US leans well to the left. A recent study has demonstrated how much through a look a political donations from academia to date:
That many college professors and academics lean to the political left is no surprise — 76 percent of their donations went to Democratic candidates in the first two quarters of 2007. But the volume of their donations is increasing, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), which tracks money in politics.

"College professors and others in the education field have contributed more money than the oil industry and drug makers, with the nearly unanimous goal of putting a Democrat in the White House," the report said.

Faculty members from Harvard University led the way in overall political contributions — $266,044 — with 81 percent of those gifts going to Democrats so far in 2007, according to the report.

The second largest sum came from the University of California — $248,488 - with 90 percent of those donations going to Democrats. (See Complete School Breakdown)
Wonder how many students will be treated to their professors condemning "big oil" and "big pharma" this year for trying to influence elections through donations?
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"College professors and others in the education field have contributed more money than the oil industry and drug makers...
Gee, can anyone imagine why tuition costs are rising faster than inflation? Incidentally, there is a new (to me) blog that’s rather interesting. Minding the Campus and it has a post from Ward Connerly with this:
One thing I learned from my days as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of California is that solutions to problems of an academic nature are best solved internally rather than imposed from above, no matter how cumbersome the machinery of the academy might operate. Therefore, we should not expect governing boards or university presidents to solve this matter. The solution must originate from within the faculty itself.
For change to occur, the faculty leadership at universities throughout the nation must be urged to recognize the long-term harm that will result to them and to the faith that the American people should have in higher education from a continued public perception that the academy is intellectually monolithic of thought, goofy and out-of-touch with the American mainstream. When Ward Churchill becomes the face of the college professoriate, American higher education will lose the respect that it has among the taxpaying public. That perception is not far from reality. Little-by-little, the high esteem that we give to higher education is being eroded by the view that they are out-of-touch or intellectually intolerant.
Take note Professor(s).
Written By: tom scott
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"College professors and others in the education field have contributed more money than the oil industry and drug makers, with the nearly unanimous goal of putting a Democrat in the White House," the report said.
Hmmm. I’m not sure that sentence is correct as worded. It was my understanding that college professors, et al., have given more than employees of the oil and drug industries, not the industries themselves. I’ve read the Center for Responsive Politics report, and it seems to use "employees of the industry" synonymously with "the industry."
Typically a candidate’s top givers are large firms with highly paid employees, such as investment banks or law firms, but in 2004, Democratic presidential contender John Kerry’s top contributors looked very different. Kerry received more money from employees of the University of California than he did from any other employer—$623,000. According to CRP’s research, that was more than twice the amount given by employees of media conglomerate Time Warner, which was Kerry’s largest corporate donor. Directly behind UC was Harvard University, located in the Massachusetts senator’s home state. Stanford and Columbia universities also ranked among Kerry’s top 20 contributors.
Just looking at the size of the academic donations, however, leads me to believe that this study is only dealing with employees, and not the actual corporations:
In the 2008 election cycle, employees at Harvard and the University of California have given the most money among nonprofit and for-profit institutions of higher education, at $266,000 and $248,000, respectively.
Obviously, the Big Oil and Big Pharma have pumped much more money than that into campaigns for POTUS.
Written By: MichaelW

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