Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

96% of Political Donations From Ivy League Faculty & Staff Went to Obama  96% of Political Donations From Ivy League Faculty & Staff Went for Obama:

From the eight elite schools, $1,211,267 was contributed to the Obama campaign, compared to the $114,166 given to Romney.

The highest percentage of Obama donors came from Brown and Princeton, with 99% of donations from faculty and staff going towards his campaign.

Dartmouth and Pennsylvania’s faculty contributed to the President’s campaign in the lowest numbers, with only 94% percent donating to the Obama campaign.

  • Brown:  129 Obama donors gave $67,728, 1 Romney donor gave $500
  • Columbia:  652 Obama donors gave $361,754, 21 Romney donors gave $34,250
  • Cornell:  282 Obama donors gave $141,731, 11 Romney donors gave $8,610
  • Dartmouth:  90 Obama donors gave $51,018, 6 Romney donors gave $2,850
  • Harvard:  555 Obama donors gave $373,556, 30 Romney donors gave $34,500
  • Princeton:  277 Obama donors gave $155,008, 4 Romney donors gave $1,901
  • Pennsylvania:  376 Obama donors gave $209,839, 26 Romney donors gave $22,900
  • Yale:  399 Obama donors gave $186,834, 13 Romney donors gave $8,655

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"Or maybe there is a simpler explanation--like smart people prefer Democratic policies."

Or an even simpler one: professors DEPEND on leftwing politics. They know on which side of their bread is buttered. Democrats support massive transfers from poor to rich (like SS, Medicare, bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, and of course higher education subsidies). Professors are rich people who directly benefit from these thieving politics.

Of course they excuse away their thieving believes by saying they're smart, which is undoubtedly true for many. But there are many smart businessmen who stand on their own two feet without the need for thieving politics to support their lives.

Greedy and an overwhelming sense of entitlement is no way to go through life, son.

Posted by: Ken | Dec 16, 2012 8:47:54 AM

I guess the "hard left" has taken over the tech industry as well, since employees of Google, Apple, and even IBM donated overwhelmingly to Obama.

Or maybe there is a simpler explanation--like smart people prefer Democratic policies.

Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 30, 2012 10:22:10 AM

In response to Jimpithecus "The hard left has taken complete control of academic institutions.." That sentence itself is preposterous. Schools hire the smartest people they can find. if that means they they don't hire types who believe the world is 6,000 years old and want to teach creationism instead of the scientific theory of evolution (basically Tea Party/Right wing views), that would result in a "liberal" faculty. They wouldn't tend to hire teachers who refuse to believe in the science of global warming/climate change in spite of the polar caps melting before our very eyes and the recent years' crazy weather patterns. Conservatives also think education should be the first thing to cut for funding. Just to name a couple of things. To mandate a faculty with a percentage of conservatives sounds suspiciously like affirmative action to me.

Posted by: cleareyes | Nov 29, 2012 3:28:36 PM

There are several reasons for this. First is the fact that most of the faculties consider themselves Democrats, though not nearly as high a proportion as these figures indicate.
The second is that those faculty members who are conservative do not like the idea of mixing politics with their teaching activities, and tend to carry that over to their open involvements in politics.
The third is that there are Democrats who, on the internet, publicize the givings of faculty members to Republican causes which can lead to discrimination against them by politically active members of their department administrations.
Finally, many conservatives find relations with their colleagues are much safer from antagonisms if they keep their political views to themselves. They therefore avoid outward manifestations of their politics such as significant contributions.
Thus the actual polarization among faculty is less than these figures suggest.

Posted by: Daniel | Nov 29, 2012 8:09:02 AM

Whether Republicans believe in education or science is irrelevant. Neither is practiced in the Ivy League schools.

Posted by: ymous | Nov 29, 2012 7:46:08 AM

The hard left has taken complete control of academic institutions and associated governmental agencies (e.g., U.S. Dept. of Education). Conservatives are deliberately excluded. It's an outrage that conservatives are expected to pay taxes to fund academic institutions, but are then denied the opportunity to participate in these same institutions. The only remedy at this time is for Red States to pass laws that enable conservatives to sue academic institutions that receive state tax dollars if said institutions fail to maintain conservative faculty and administrators in rough proportion to their representation in the general public. The available remedies should include actual and punitive damages, and goals and time tables for achieving a political diversity that reflects the Red State's population.

Posted by: Action Now | Nov 29, 2012 7:04:37 AM

While it is certainly true that Republicans have a checkered history with regard to science, the problem is that every conservative that now attends a large university has their values system ridiculed, trashed and marginalized from the moment they walk on campus. That goes beyond the science issue.

Posted by: Jimpithecus | Nov 29, 2012 7:01:18 AM

Hmmmm....Let me think why would Republicans have doubt about AGW? Could it be that every time something comes out like the hacked emails we find a conspiracy to hide countervailing scientific results and highly suspicious statistical methods? Could be!

And while I personally could careless about abortion (and that is what the whole stem cell thing is about by the way). The fact is that there is 1) a principled argument to make against abortion. And 2) the stem cell thing was not a ban but merely a refusal to pay for that research on the federal level and in fact it has carried on since with funding from other sources.

Oh yeah. We also have learned to make stem cells from adult tissue so we don't actually have to harvest them from aborted fetuses.

But of course it was all about SCIENCE on the left not politics and power. Funny how the proposed solutions all seem to end with a whole lot of poor people sitting hungry and cold in the dark.

Posted by: Jhon Doh | Nov 29, 2012 6:58:21 AM

Always amusing when leftists say Republicans "don't believe in science." Conservatives tend to favor genetically modified food, fracking, and nuclear energy ... while self-proclaimed "environmentalists" object strenuously to all those things. True, though, we tend to be a bit more skeptical when it comes to doomsday predictions by AGW alarmists.

Posted by: PB | Nov 29, 2012 5:42:41 AM

Republicans don't believe in education or science. Look at how they reacted to Global Warming and Stem Cell Research.

Why would educators or scientists believe in Republicans?

Posted by: Anon | Nov 28, 2012 6:56:51 PM

The herd of independent minds.

Posted by: cas127 | Nov 28, 2012 4:35:15 PM