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96 percent of Ivy League political donations go to Democrats

ANALYSIS: 96 percent of Ivy League political donations went to Democrats, compared to 4 percent to Republicans

Federal Democratic candidates and groups received 96 percent of total donations from Ivy League professors in the 2022 midterm elections, according to a College Fix analysis.

Faculty members from the eight universities gave about $2,480,000 to Democratic candidates and organizations during the current election cycle. Professors only gave Republican candidates and groups around $112,000. The data comes from the Federal Election Commission and is current as of October 28.

The percentage breakdown between Democrats and Republicans works out to 96 percent to 4 percent.

The data set includes the midterm election period which began in January 2021.

The Fix emailed the media teams for all eight Ivy League schools to ask about the donations gap at each institution and if it showed a problem of liberal bias on campus. None responded to an October 31 inquiry.

The Fix classified donations by party according to the candidate or if a political action committee primarily supported one party over the other. For example, donations to pro-abortion group EMILY’S LIST would be counted as a Democratic contribution, because anyone giving to that group would reasonably believe their donations were going to support Democrats.

Green Party candidates received $250, while Working Families, a New York left-leaning political party, received $525. Independent candidates received just over $250 and another $36,000 went to a neutral organization, such as a political action committee that supports candidates in both parties.

A majority of contributions to Democratic candidates went through the ActBlue fundraising platform, so it is not clear who received each donation. The Republican WinRed platform processed nearly $30,000, or 30 percent of all contributions to the GOP and conservative causes.

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Princeton University professors donated just under $176,000 to Democratic organizations and candidates while Republicans only received $7,800 or over 4 percent of all political donations.

Harvard University professors donated nearly half a million dollars to Democrats while only $8,600 went to Republicans.

Dartmouth College did not have a single Republican donor, but did have a professor donate to an independent candidate. Professors at the New Hampshire Ivy League school gave over a quarter million dollars to Democratic candidates.

Columbia University had the highest amount of political donations and the highest amount of Democrat and Republican donations. Democratic donations comprised nearly 87 percent of political donations to Columbia while Republicans barely received 10 percent of political donations. Columbia professors sent $520,000 to Democrats, while approximately $76,000 went to Republicans.

Brown University contributed the least political donations, but 99 percent of the faculty donations went to Democrats. Professors there sent over $135,000 to Democrats, but only $600 to Republicans.

Yale professors gave around $340,000 to Democrats but less than $7,000 to Republicans.

Penn professors sent over $350,000 to Democrats and just shy of $1,500 to Republicans.

Cornell professors gave over $200,000 to Democrats, while Republicans received $10,275 from the New York Ivy League institution.

A recent College Fix analysis found that Democrats outnumber Republicans 98 to 1 in Cornell’s humanities department.

The political donations breakdown is not unique to Ivy League universities. Even in red or purple states such as Arizona, 96 percent of political donations from university employees went to Democrats, according to a 2020 College Fix report. University of Wisconsin employees gave 98 percent of their donations to Democrats in 2020, according to a Fix analysis.

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Gigi De La Torre -- Franciscan University of Steubenville