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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Law Prof Presidential Campaign Contributions: 95% to Obama, 5% to McCain

FundRace 2008 on The Huffington Post lists 635 "law professors" as having made contributions to candidates in the 2008 Presidential election totalling $623,472.  Of this amount, 92.7% ($577,924) has been contributed to Democratic candidates, 7.3% ($45,548) to Republican candidates.  $487,772 has been contributed to the nominees of each party -- 94.7% ($461,754) to Barack Obama, 5.3% ($26,018) to John McCain.  The breakdown in political contributions by professors at various law schools includes:

  • Harvard:  100% ($23,632) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • Chicago:  100% ($14,158) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • Michigan:  100% ($11,653) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • Stanford:  100% ($8,900) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • Texas:  100% ($6,107) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • UC-Berkeley:  100% ($4,850) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • Pennsylvania:  100% ($2,711) to Democrats, 0% to Republicans
  • Duke:  93.8% ($15,188) to Democrats, 6.2% ($1,000) to Republicans
  • Columbia:  92.7% ($6,390) to Democrats, 7.3% ($500) to Republicans
  • Georgetown:  91.9% ($25,990) to Democrats, 8.1% ($2,300) to Republicans
  • NYU:  91.7% ($5,500) to Democrats, 8.3% ($500) to Republicans
  • Cornell:  91.5% ($3,250) to Democrats, 8.5% ($300) to Republicans
  • Yale:  91.2% ($3,630) to Democrats, 8.8% ($350) to Republicans
  • Virginia:  77.8% ($15,097) to Democrats, 22.2% ($4,300) to Republicans
  • UCLA:  73.2% ($2,050) to Democrats, 26.8% ($750) to Republicans
  • Vanderbilt:  56.9% ($1,318) to Democrats, 43.1% ($1,000) to Republicans
  • Northwestern:  35.3% ($5,050) to Democrats, 64.7% ($9,275) to Republicans

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Comments

The percentages are interesting, I suppose (cue outrage from certain media sectors here), but it seems like there's another story hidden in the numbers, and that is the low average political donations of law faculty. UCLA's online faculty directory lists over 100 names, but combined they cobbled together only $2,800 in donations? Only $2,711 from all the law profs at Penn? $2,318 in toto from Vanderbilt? On a per capita basis, these figures seem like chicken feed. Is disaffection from politics to blame? Is it due to low faculty salaries and a stagnant economy? Or a reporting lag in the underlying data? Some interesting unexplored questions here.

Posted by: Timothy K. Armstrong | Sep 10, 2008 6:33:55 AM

I think the numbers track only those individuals who, upon donating, listed as occupation "law professor." If you search the database for individuals who listed as occupation "professor," many more law professors turn up.

Posted by: Stephen Carter | Sep 10, 2008 7:04:06 AM

Hurry, someone, go tell David Horowitz that academia, the bastion of open-mindedness, is an ideological monolith.

This reminds me a little of the surveys done of the mainstream media. Upwards of 80% are Democrats.

By the way, if you want to see what entrenched, close-minded ideologicalism can do to an organization (nay, an entire industry) pay close very attention to the decline and fall of NBC.

No wonder people don't trust academicians or the media.

Folks, these are the folks who are indoctrinat ... I mean educating your kids.

By the way, I wonder what percentage of those contributing to Obama are on record as having said that George W. Bush lacked the foreign policy experience to be President?


Posted by: peter | Sep 10, 2008 9:03:48 AM

You missed a fellow tax prof at Umich. $301 to mccain.

Posted by: John | Sep 10, 2008 11:06:16 AM

Anyone expect anything different from the bastion of liberalism?

Posted by: Bo | Sep 11, 2008 6:11:43 AM

It is worth noting that one of the places one would expect to find Republican contributions in a Presidential race, the University of Chicago Law school, is influenced in this case by the fact that Obama is a close personal colleague.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Sep 11, 2008 1:37:22 PM

This just in... water is wet.

Posted by: Anon. | Sep 11, 2008 1:49:01 PM

?Ariana's site is representing that Boalt's own tenured Yoo so far, this early in the race, has decided to sit on the sidelines? Time for a followup question from an Esquire reporter, like that** 'unedited' interview transcript published May 2008.
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** http://www.esquire.com/the-side/feature/john-yoo

Posted by: JohnLopresti | Sep 11, 2008 2:18:11 PM

Go U Northwestern!!, Fight for Victory!

Posted by: EROC | Sep 12, 2008 6:26:20 PM

Couple of points. This might represent the 2008 cycle but in Harvard’s case you have to include professor and attorney Charles Fried who contributed $200 to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004. He was also a Reagan cabinet member.

You might recall the name since he along with another Harvard attorney represented the Florida House in Bush vs. Gore. regarding the Florida 2000 election debacle. The other attorney was Einer Elhauge who was co-counsel in this case and also wrote several op-ed pieces including a November 20, 2000 editorial in the New York Times in support of Bush’s SCOTUS case.

Ironically, Mr. Elhauge has gone from being a defacto legal figure and protagonist in the Bush vs. Gore case in the courts (and in his editorials) to a legal advisor and contributing member ($4,600) of the Obama campaign.

Posted by: Fly on the Wall | Sep 12, 2008 7:13:03 PM

Obviously the Dems are the party of victims and grievances, and thus of trial lawyers, but there must be more to it than that - perhaps the 'intellectual' effect.

To paraphrase Orwell: there are some things only an intellectual could be so foolish as to believe.

Also, Obama's a fellow law prof.


Posted by: Mike | Sep 13, 2008 3:55:34 AM

"Law Prof Presidential Campaign Contributions: 95% to Obama, 5% to McCain"

No wonder the Democratic Party is now the party of insanity, corruption and death.


Sorry lawyers to hurt any feelings but the only profession worse than the journalism profession is the law profession or rather National Lawyers Guild in alliance with Big Brother; way too many meglomanics in the Democratic Party.

Posted by: syn | Sep 13, 2008 4:45:54 AM

Very interesting and informative list. My family is very grateful for this ideological array. It will be of great value in selecting a school for our children. Thank you!

Posted by: Isabelle | Sep 13, 2008 7:06:19 AM

Wow. Big surprise here. Wake me when some real news comes.

Posted by: Bob | Sep 15, 2008 5:49:06 AM

A number of professors were left off simply because they didn't specify their occupation as "law professor." For instance, Lino Graglia at Texas gave $2,000 to John McCain, but listed his occupation only as "professor." That would shift the percentages at Texas fairly substantially. Seems like a pretty crude statistic.

Posted by: | Sep 22, 2008 2:48:05 PM

Well gentlemen, it must be true. "Birds of a feather flock together". Just hope the congress doesn't end up the same way. ....HW

Posted by: Howard Winter | Nov 10, 2008 7:16:13 AM