As the fundraising for the presidential campaign wraps up, the Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled a total of all donations from “professors, college administrators, and other educators,” and has found that Columbia actually ranks higher among institutions donating to McCain than ones donating to Obama.
In fairness, this is only a shocking stat before one compares the actual amounts given: $267,000 to Obama (5th behind University of California, Harvard, Stanford, and UChicago) compared with only $35,000 to McCain (behind only Cal and Harvard). To the surprise of no one, as the Chronicle puts it in their headline, “Donors From Academe Favor Obama by a Wide Margin.” Of all institutions in New York, Columbia accounts for just over 1/3rd of McCain donations, and just above 20% of Obama donations.
Want to do your own finance sleuthing? Go to OpenSecrets.org.