Paul L. Caron

Saturday, May 2, 2015

98% Of Harvard Law Faculty Political Donations Go To Democrats

Harvard 2015The Crimson, Harvard Faculty Donate to Democrats by Wide Margin:

Eighty-four percent of campaign contributions made by a group of 614 Harvard faculty, instructors, and researchers between 2011 and the third quarter of 2014 went to federal Democratic campaigns and political action committees, according to a Crimson analysis of Federal Election Commission filings.

During the three years, the Harvard affiliates represented in analyzed public filings gave nearly $3 million to federal campaigns and candidates. Each of Harvard’s schools leaned to the left in the contributions made by their affiliates, many by wide margins. Ninety-six percent of donations in the data set from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which includes Harvard College, supported Democratic efforts. That figure was even higher—nearly 98 percent—at Harvard Law School. Harvard Business School was the most Republican, with 37 percent of its contributions supporting Republicans and 62 percent going to Democrats.


Faculty from the Law School in the data set gave the second-largest amount of money to political campaigns and committees at $692,792. Almost all—98 percent—of these contributions went to Democratic campaigns. Ninety-five faculty members, instructors, and researchers with primary appointments at the Law School in the data set contributed 24 percent of all Harvard faculty campaign donations.

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"Headline should be "Most Harvard Faculty Couldn't Give a Crap About Politics"."

Posted by: Sample size

With a sub-header: 'Law Professors Misuse Statistics; Sun Rises in East'.

Posted by: Barry | May 5, 2015 7:01:26 AM

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University

Posted by: Nick | May 4, 2015 2:54:33 PM

So 614 people out of the the 10,000+ who work at Harvard donated to either Republicans or the Democrats?

Headline should be "Most Harvard Faculty Couldn't Give a Crap About Politics".

Posted by: Sample size | May 4, 2015 12:44:36 PM

Also, these figures really should just include faculty, and tenured faculty should be separated out. I, myself, am a Harvard Law researchers, but I don't belong in the same category with permanent faculty. I might even be the 2%.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | May 4, 2015 8:35:07 AM

Good point, David Kahn. How many donations to Republicans were there? When I lived in Cambridge in 2000, Republicans were literally a third party--- the Greens came in ahead of them.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | May 4, 2015 8:33:07 AM

Indeed, Antiro,

HLS sometimes hires graduates of the law schools of Yale, Stanford, Columbia, or even Chicago. Voila! Law school professor diversity!

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | May 3, 2015 12:33:14 PM

Smart people. What can I say?

Posted by: Publius Novus | May 3, 2015 11:50:30 AM

The Harvard Law School obviously values diversity in their hiring.

Posted by: antiro | May 2, 2015 4:47:33 PM

I'm moderately surprised that only 2% of HLS faculty contributions went to the Greens. Thought it would be higher.

Posted by: David Kahn | May 2, 2015 9:44:17 AM