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Law Profs’ Campaign Contributions Overwhelmingly Favor Democrats

Posted Sep 10, 2008 8:41 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Law professors have donated more than $1 million to the political parties and the presidential candidates, with more than 90 percent of the money flowing into Democratic coffers.

Law profs donated $623,472 to the parties, and almost 93 percent of it went to Democrats, TaxProf Blog reports, using figures from FundRace 2008 on the Huffington Post. They donated $487,772 to the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, with almost 95 percent of the money going to Barack Obama.

Law professors who donated money to the parties at Harvard, Chicago, Michigan, Stanford, Texas, UC-Berkeley and Pennsylvania gave 100 percent of it to the Democrats. Out of 17 schools highlighted in the blog post, only one school—Northwestern—had a majority of its law professor donations going to Republicans.

Law professors donating money to Barack Obama included Martha Minow and Elizabeth Barthelet of Harvard, Judith Areen and David Vladeck of Georgetown, Tracey Meares and Judith Resnik of Yale, Christopher Edley and Elisabeth Semel of UC-Berkeley, and Geoffrey Stone of Chicago. McCain donors included Steven Calabresi and John McGinnis of Northwestern and Ronald Rotunda of George Mason.

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