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Monday, December 17, 2007

Faculty and Administrators Support Obama Over Clinton, Romney Over Giuliani

This week's Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the donations by the academy to the Presidential candidates:

  1. Barack Obama:  $2.1 million
  2. Hillary Clinton:  $1.6 million
  3. Mitt Romney:  $563,795
  4. Rudy Giuliani:  $461,925
  5. John Edwards:  $351,261

Here are the colleges whose faculty and administrators have contributed the most to the Presidential candidates:

  1. Harvard:  $281,050 (81% Democrats, 19% Republicans)
  2. Stanford:  $135,850  (85% Democrats, 15% Republicans)
  3. Columbia $120,350 (81% Democrats, 19% Republicans)
  4. Georgetown:  $105,150
  5. Chicago:  $92,902
  6. Northwestern:  $78,450
  7. NYU:  $74,350
  8. UC-Berkeley:  $71,976
  9. UCLA:  $65,980
  10. USC:  $63,950

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This is interesting, in that I would be surprised if 20 percent of Harvard or Columbia faculty were Republicans. Are Republican faculty more generous (or wealthier)? Or has the Democratic leaning of academia been perhaps somewhat overstated?

Posted by: Michael Livingston | Dec 17, 2007 6:54:46 AM

This includes administrators too, which presumably pumps up the Republican numbers. Plus, certain departments are more evenly divided than others, so the impression about the aggregate faculty is skewed depending upon your knowledge of any particular department.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 17, 2007 8:57:42 AM