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College Fix survey finds Nancy Pelosi raked in the most support, with $50,500 from professors

With midterm elections looming, an analysis of professors’ recent campaign contributions to California lawmakers found that about 95 percent of their donations went to Democratic politicians.graph1

Dozens of scholars have donated nearly $200,000 to a variety of Democratic representatives, while Republican politicians only netted about $9,000 from scholars, Federal Election Commission records show.

In effect, contributions by professors to Democrat lawmakers outweigh donations to Republican ones by 22 to 1, according to the The College Fix analysis.

The analysis used figures listed on the Federal Election Commission website from January 2013 through 2014 spring filings. Both Political Action Committee and individual campaign contributions were included in the data. Only donors with occupations listed as “professor” were included in the tally.

The survey looked at all 53 U.S. congressional representatives in California as well as its two U.S. Senators, 40 of whom are Democrat and 15 are Republican.

The California lawmaker who appears a favorite among professors is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Pelosi’s Victory Fund PAC garnered the largest dollar amount in donations from professors by far at $50,500.

The California Democratic representative received the largest individual donations on record: two gifts of $25,000 by Carol and Terry Winograd – a pair of professors from Stanford University, who also donated to seven other campaigns for California Democrats. winograd-pelosi

The Winograds are longtime Pelosi supporters, and met with the California representative at a luncheon during the 2009 inauguration, where Carol Winograd described Pelosi as “people savvy, charming and engaging.”  (Pictured, at right.)

“It was amusing to be outside afterwards and see Nancy Pelosi getting in her car to leave, amidst a crowd of cheering people, just like a rock star!” Winograd said in 2009.

Pelosi is up for re-election this November, and is currently serving her fourteenth term in Congress. Contributions to her campaign also came from another Stanford professor and a Columbia University professor, who gave her $250 each.

Freshman Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), considered vulnerable by Roll Call, followed Pelosi with more than $23,000 in donations.

Freshman Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) – also up for re-election –came in third, netting just shy of $20,000 from university professors.

Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), who will face primary challenger Carl DeMaio in November, was the fourth Californian to top the $17,000 mark, followed by Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) straddling $14,000.

Nineteen of the remaining 34 Democratic representatives received contributions from professors across the country: the typical donation total per candidate averaging about $3,000.

Only six California Republicans received donations from professors, resulting in a combined sum of $9,000. Rep. Ken Calvert received the highest sum of donations of any Republican, netting $3,600. The average donation total for Republican candidates was $300.

Neither Sen. Dianne Feinstein nor Sen. Barbara Boxer received donations of more than $750 from professors, FEC records showed.


Ami Bera (D):  23,435

Julia Brownley (D): 13,943

Lois Capps (D): 19,425

Tony Cardenas (D):  1,166

Judy Chu (D):  3,333

Jim Costa (D):  1,000

Susan Davis (D): 3,100

Anna Eshoo (D):  2,950

Sam Farr (D):  2,800

John Garamendi (D):  2,320

Janice Hahn (D): 300

Mike Honda (D): 14,480

Barbara Lee (D): 4,350

Zoe Lofgren (D): 4,000

Alan Lowenthal (D): 983

Doris Matsui (D):  1,500

Jerry McNerney (D): 5,400

Nancy Pelosi (D): 50,500

Scott Peters (D): 17,732

Raul Ruiz (D): 5,900

Loretta Sanchez (D): 1,000

Adam Schiff (D): 4,300

Jackie Speier (D): 2,000

Mark Allan Takano (D): 8,570

Mike Thompson (D): 300




Ken Calvert ®: 3,600

John Campbell ®: 1,000

Ed Royce (R): 3,200

Dana Rohrabacher (R): 1,200

Kevin McCarthy (R): 500

Darrell Issa ®:  100


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There was the Tweet that promised Israeli soldiers will face Armageddon.

There was the featured Muslim artist whose most famous poem is called “Hate,” which accuses Israeli soldiers of shooting Palestinian boys for no reason.

There was the song that referred to Israelis as “dogs.”

These are just a few ways in which some students at Loyola University Chicago, a private Catholic university described as one of the largest Jesuit colleges in the nation, marked “Palestine Awareness Week.”

Organized by Loyola’s Students for Justice in Palestine campus group, the observance last week featured an artist whose signature song includes the lines about the keffiyeh: “Now these dogs are starting to wear it as a trend No matter how they design it, no matter how they change its color, the keffiyeh is Arab, and it will stay Arab.”

Those are the words of a hit song “Hamdulilah” written by “First Lady of Arabic Hip Hop” Shadia Monsour, who appeared on campus April 7.

Other activities throughout the week included a lecture on “The Role of Women in the Palestinian Struggle,” a panel titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” on the future of the Palestinian conflict, and a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” by Iyad Burnat.

On Thursday, students viewed the “Gaza Monologues,” performed by Tahani Salah. Salah is a poet and activist from Brooklyn. One of her best known pieces is a poem titled “Hate.”

“So maybe this hate is not your ordinary hate…” the poem reads. “Maybe this hate makes children feel as though they have to hold their sh*t in one acts a day just to feel full. Before you could even say you didn’t mean it that way, six year old children walking down roads kicking pebbles the wrong way get shot at. Seven year olds walking down roads, speaking the wrong language at the wrong times get shot at.”

The finale for the week was “Palestine Solidarity Day” on Friday, when all participants were encouraged to wear the Palestinian kuffiyeh, a scarf with strong ties to the Muslim faith.

“To many, the kuffiyeh may be a fashion statement,” SJP Loyola stated on its Facebook page for the event, “but to Palestinians and their allies, it is a symbol of 65 years of resistance against an occupation that has exhausted them socially, economically, and politically.”

The kuffiyeh was a signature symbol of Palestinian leader Yasir Araffat in the ’70s. Since then, it has become a symbol of solidarity with Palestine.

According to Monsour’s song: “The scarf, they want it; Our intellect, they want it; Our dignity, they want it; Everything that’s ours, they want it.”

Mohannad MoeDee Rachid, a host of the event, tweeted this summary of the vibe of the observance on April 8: SPJTweet

SPJ has a strong presense on the Catholic campus. It successfully lobbied the student government to twice pass resolutions calling for divestment in “corporations complicit in the Israeli occupation.”

The student government president vetoed the resolutions.

“Rest assured, this movement for divestment at Loyola is far from over,” said SJP Loyola President Nashiha Alam on the group’s website. “The wide attention on campus gained from the divestment resolution has revitalized the Jesuit spirit by inspiring students to take action and strive for justice.”

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Abortion – the “life-sustaining act” of the ages.

That’s the theme behind an exhibit currently on display at the University of Michigan dedicated to defending and glamorizing the history of abortion.

4000 Years for Choice is an exhibition of posters about the age-old practices of abortion and contraception as a means to reclaim reproductive freedom as a deeply personal and life-sustaining act existing throughout all of human history,” states a university webpage describing the exhibit.

The exhibit will be showcased through May 29 in the main lobby of the Lane Hall women’s studies building on campus. The exhibit consists of dozens of brightly colored posters with bold words, phrases and documentation meant to highlight and celebrate all the ways in which women over the millennia have performed abortions.

As for the exhibit’s posters, one offers an ancient text with an abortifacient recipe: “In 3000 BCE, ancient Egyptians contained a contraceptive recipe numbered Prescription Number 21. It was called Recipe Not To Become Pregnant and called for crocodile feces, mixed with fermented dough, and placed in the vagina.”

Similarly, another touts: “Soranus, an ancient Greek physician and medical writer, wrote about the silphium plant. He suggested that women drink the juice once a month because it not only prevents conception but also destroys anything existing.”postercampaign

One poster, named “Bless the Diaphragm,” notes it was a popular 19th century form of contraception. Another, called “Believe Crocodile Dung,” mentions it was a popular spermicidal item in the past.

The “Cheer Casanova” poster touts the infamous womanizer for never having children because he used condoms. “Empower the Douche” denotes what some women at the turn of the century did to try and prevent pregnancy.  And “Rejoice Fumigation” describes how “women have been fumigating their vaginas with contraceptive vapors for thousands of years.”

The exhibit has been described by feminist art exhibit reviewers as “bold, beautiful statements to celebrate choice,” with “fresh, vital strategies and tactics for those committed to social change.”

The images were created by Heather Ault, whom a University of Michigan webpage says is “a visual artist, pro-choice activist, and independent scholar creating artwork to shift conversations about reproductive rights and justice.”

“Her work has been exhibited throughout the country. In 2011 she won the Vision Award from the Abortion Care Network for her innovative work.”

Ault declined to comment to The College Fix for an interview on her art exhibit.

“Without knowledge of this history, we as Americans cannot fully understand women’s deeply ingrained desire to control pregnancies for the good of ourselves, our relationships, and our families,” Ault explains online.

Although not on display, Ault is also the creative mind behind the 4000 Years for Choice corresponding “reproductive roots note cards,” which offer phrases and quotes from various pro-choice activists against colorful backdrops; expressions such as: “Abortion is a gift from God,” “Abortion is a blessing” and “anything 46 million women do every year can’t be immoral.” notecard

One notecard quotes Merle Hoffman at saying: “The act of abortion positions women at their most powerful…” Another quotes Soraya Chemaly: “ ‘Personhood’ for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman.”

As for the display on campus, it is sponsored in part by the publicly funded Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, an arm of the University of Michigan’s department of obstetrics and gynecology.

Inquiries by The College Fix into whether the Center for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice has an official position on the pro-choice vs. pro-life controversy, and whether an alternative viewpoint will also be addressed on campus, were met with referrals to the local Planned Parenthood.

Yet Ault’s website states that “anti-choice” comments add to the richness of the conversation and sharpen critical thinking skills.

College Fix contributor Vivian Hughbanks is a student at Hillsdale College.

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Liberals are fond of saying that conservatives don’t know how to be funny. But actor and comedian Steven Crowder is out to prove them wrong.

Take his recent performance at Hillsdale College, during which Crowder leapt to the stage and began his evening of entertainment with this:

“Let’s hear it from this side of the room!” he said, riling up the crowd.

Applause thundered.

“And let’s hear it for Obama!” he finished, bringing the first laugh of the night.

The event was hosted by Hillsdale Young Americans for Freedom. The student activist group hoped that Crowder’s routine would provide a break from the serious political discussions typical at Hillsdale and throughout the conservative world.

“The students here are always busy with academics,” Hillsdale YAF President Nathan Brand said. “We have so many lectures here, we wanted to bring in somebody different to lighten it up.”

Crowder, an actor, comedian and former contributor to Fox News, used his sarcastic commentary to keep the audience chuckling throughout the routine.

“I honestly think that terrorist was new to the terrorism game,” Crowder said of the Detroit Christmas underwear bomber of 2009, “the other terrorists were just hazing him.”

Amid a deluge of jokes about culture – from smart cars to Halloween costumes – Crowder poked fun at liberal stereotypes like hipsters, vegans, and gay-pride activists.

“How does a fat, hairy, naked guy in glitter make anybody proud?” he asked.

An anecdote about nursery rhymes quickly turned politically incorrect with a poke at “women’s rights.”

“There once was an old lady who lived in a shoe – how do you have so many kids that you don’t know what to do?” he questioned. “I guess that’s better than the liberal version: there once was a lady who went to an abortion center, and her name was Sandra Fluke!”

Crowder also referenced recent political history, such as the controversy that arose when Chick-Fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy made comments opposing same-sex marriage in 2012.

“Rosie O’Donnell tweeted me ‘I hope you enjoy that intolerance, and I hope you choke on it!’ That’s exactly what she tweeted me,” Crowder said. “That’s a horrible argument for you, because now you’ve framed intolerance as something delicious. Oh, this intolerance is fantastic! You’ve stepped up the flavor of homophobia.”

The audience was generally supportive. At times, though, Crowder’s willingness to cross the bounds of political correctness appeared to make some in the audience a bit uncomfortable.

The grand finale of the event was a question and answer session, where students picked Crowder’s mind about conservative activism.

Tyler Wilke, a Hillsdale junior, asked the best way to combat the apathy so prevalent in American culture.

“I’ve seen Ben Shapiro talk,” Wilke said, “and his way to deal with liberals is to publicly humiliate them in front of as many people as possible in order to dissuade them.”

Crowder answered with his disapproval of Shapiro’s methods, and suggested that conservatives should use more courteous, yet more persuasive, ones.

He explained one reason he did not return to his previous internet outlet was the hateful comment discussions that would inevitably appear on his video channel.

“People treat each other really badly, and it’s corrosive to the human soul,” he said. “The liberals dehumanize people, they think that makes it okay to treat people as subhuman.”

Some audience members found the comment ironic.

Hillsdale student Jack Shannon pointed out Crowder’s method is to mock stereotypically liberal behavior, which is both offensive and unconvincing to them.

“It was the medium, not so much the message, that bothered me,” Shannon said. “It was a bunch of like minded people sitting around laughing at stereotypes of the other ones. We were dealing with common sense arguments that don’t really have any traction with people outside of our likeminded circle. I found it inconsistent with his message at the end.”

Others, however, found Crowder’s comedy effective – and even inspiring.

“Denigrating people is never a solid strategy for building support,” Hillsdale student Matthew Little said. “And even if it is solid, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. We’ve got to be better than that. I think he was right on.”

College Fix contributor Vivian Hughbanks is a student at Hillsdale College.

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EAST LANSING – About 50 college students braved subfreezing weather on Friday afternoon to line a snowy sidewalk where President Barack Obama’s motorcade passed by and lodge their complaints over his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

The students stood in 12-degree weather and held up signs that declared “ObamaCare: #lieoftheyear,” “Apology for ObamaCare, please” and “ObamaCare = 225k Michigan health plans lost,” among other statements.ObamaProtest1

The rally was organized by the Michigan GOP and Michigan College Republicans, who timed the protest with President Obama’s visit, as he had traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Farm Bill.

“We wanted to make a stand, and show some opposition and demonstrate that not all college students are whacked-out Obama supporters,” Nathan Brand, a Hillsdale College student and Young Americans for Freedom chapter leader, told The College Fix. “It’s nothing more than a bill full of food stamps. It’s all just a PR stunt.”

As the group of college students held their signs, they remained observed by MSU police.

MSU College Republicans President Will Staal said it was an honor to have the president of the United States at his campus, and the protest was not against Obama the man or president – but his policies.

“Anytime you can have the sitting president at your university, it’s an honor and privilege,” Staal said. “That being said, the policies, including Obamacare, that have plagued this presidency are promises and policies that haven’t panned out like they were supposed to.”

Many students at the protest said they did not support the farm bill, either.

“I’m a farmer who doesn’t like the farm bill,” said Tyler Wilke, a Hillsdale College student who manages his family’s farm and plans to study agricultural law. “My theory is that Obama is nothing but a campaign president. He’s here today campaigning to the college kids.”

The Farm Bill has been touted as having passed with bipartisan support, and during the signing ceremony, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, and President Obama both thanked lawmakers for putting aside partisanship politics to pass the $956 billion bill.

“I’m glad it was a bill that was passed with bipartisan support as opposed to something that was just pushed through in the extremely right or left agenda,” Staal said.

Yet despite the repeated mantra that the bill enjoyed bipartisan support, its signing lacked a Republican presence.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, of the 50 lawmakers invited to the event, no Republicans accepted. ObamaProtest2

Moreover, Michigan State University’s Office of Student Life selected 16 students to attend from various left-leaning campus organizations, including the Black Student Alliance, a representative of the College Assistance Migrant Program Scholars Initiative, and the North American Indigenous Student Organization. MSU College Democrats also received invitations to the event.

“I’m beyond excited,” said MSU College Democrats President Rawley Van Fossen, according to MLive. “When I found out last weekend that he would be visiting here, I almost cried.”

There was no report of any conservative group, including College Republicans, invited to the bill’s signing.

College Fix contributor Vivian Hughbanks is a student at Hillsdale College.