Paul L. Caron

Monday, February 12, 2024

The Only Higher Ed Employee To Give $1,000 Or More To Trump's 2024 Campaign: A Tax Professor

The Center Square, Of All The Professors in the Country, One Guy in South Dakota Stood Up for Trump:

EischenErich Eischen is unique.

According to Federal Election Commission data, he is the only person who lists his employer as a college or university in the United States who made a contribution of $1,000 or more to Donald Trump's presidential campaign so far in the 2024 election cycle.

Such donors are a dime a dozen for President Joe Biden. There are 289, in fact, according to the FEC, Biden has more higher ed support at the University of California alone, than Trump has in the whole country. And Biden's support comes from schools that will tell you they are the most prestigious—Cornell, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Penn, NYU, Georgetown and on and on.

Where does Trump's single big dollar contribution come from? A Dakota State University tax and accounting instructor. According to the school's website, he teaches introductory tax and accounting classes as well as more advanced courses. ...

Critics of higher education say that the disparity in donations is a sign that universities are out of touch with the rest of America which funds them. "We hear a lot about 'diversity' and the need for a higher education sector that 'looks like America, but higher education looks about as much like America as the National Hockey League does," Glenn Reynolds, author of The New School.

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