"Top Ten Liberal Arts Colleges Boost Dems in 2010"
I know. Surprise!
A new Young America’s Foundation study reveals that the nation’s top ten colleges gave donations almost exclusively to Democrats. Of all the 2010 candidate contribution dollars coming from these schools’ professors and staff, 84% of them went to Democrats.
Here is a breakdown of candidate contributions that went to Democrats for each individual school, in order of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings:
· Harvard University: 89%
· Princeton University: 97%
· Yale University: 73%
· Columbia University: 86%
· Stanford University: 86%
· University of Pennsylvania: 93%
· California Institute of Technology: 94%
· Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 70%
· Dartmouth College: 47%
· Duke University: 78%
Our research also looked at contributions to liberal political action committees (PACs). Of all the 2010 PAC contributions dollars coming from these schools professors and staff, 94% of them went to liberal PACs.
When totaling the dollars acquired for liberal candidates and PACs versus conservative candidates and PACs, 87% of the dollars raised went to liberal candidates and PACs.
YAF conducted their research from FEC records, and generated the results by “listing each school as an employer and adding up the total dollars donated to candidates and PACs.”
What we see here is the decided disconnect between a center-right country and the leftist academics who have become some of its biggest (“intellectual”) stewards. And while progressives like to make silly arguments about the heavy leftward lean of the academy being the result of “intelligent” people gravitating toward “progressive” politics (or, perhaps, it’s merely a sociological phenomenon based on “typecasting”) the real reason so-called “liberal arts colleges” heavily back Democrats and progressives is that the culture inside these schools is to self-select faculty based largely on political leanings sussed out through CV review and in hiring interviews.
In the Humanities, conservatives and classical liberals — particularly those open about their beliefs — need not bother to apply, especially if the department doing the hiring already has a token Republican willing to send, say, arch-conservative Michael Bloomberg a few bucks from time to time.