Three words: public employee unions. These professors, many of whom work for state schools, are not stupid. They know California is headed off a fiscal cliff and they’re worried about things like their pensions.
Which candidate is more likely to bail them out? Do I even need to answer that question?
Danielle Charette of The College Fix Reports.
Top Obama Campaign Contributors This Year: Professors
Who beat Microsoft and Google billionaires this year as the top contributors to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign? None other than professors up and down the state of California.
Employees and faculty affiliated with the University of California system came in as the top Obama donor in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The group’s OpenSecrets.org website notes employees and educators associated with the massive, 10-campus system gave nearly $1.1 million to the president’s re-election bid, beating out employees at companies such as Microsoft, Google and Kaiser Permanente.
While the list of the top 20 donors to the Obama campaign puts the UC system on top, it’s not the only university on there. Harvard University came in fifth place at about $600,000 in donations, with Stanford University right behind in seventh place at $532,000.
Not to be outdone, Columbia University came in at ninth place with $411,000, followed by the University of Chicago at about $325,000 and in thirteenth place. Finally, University of Michigan came in at seventeenth place with $308,000 given to Obama.
The figures tally donations made during the 2012 election cycle and are based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Oct. 25, according to the website. Donations of $200 or more are tracked.
In reporting this data, the Center for Responsive Politics emphasized the “organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.”
And while there’s several universities on the center’s top 20 list, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Read it all at the link below.
Top Obama Campaign Contributors This Year: Professors (The College Fix)