EXCLUSIVE REPORT: 100 percent of Univ. of Oregon admin, 99.95 percent of faculty donate to Dems

Grace Gottschling
Investigative Reporter

  • A Campus Reform analysis has found that an overwhelming majority of faculty and administrators at the University of Oregon contributed financially to Democrat candidates and causes from 2017-2018.
  • UO employees donated a grand total of $98,081.88 during this time frame, 99.6 percent of which went to Democrat candidates and causes.
  • Campus Reform analyzed the donation records of the University of Oregon System (UO) employees from 2017-2018, using publicly available records from the Federal Election Commission, in order to determine the political leanings of faculty and administrators at the college.

    According to a Campus Reform analysis, 100 percent of all UO administrators who donated to political candidates or causes gave a total of $10,014.60 to Democrat politicians or Democrat organizations, such as Chelsea Manning for Congress and the Democratic Party of Oregon.

    They contributed 99.946 percent of the money to Democrat politicians or organizations. Just $35.17, .0005 percent of donations, went to Republican causes or politicians.   

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    In total, UO employees donated $98,081.88 from 2017-2018. Of that amount, 99.6 percent of donations were to Democrat politicians or Democrat organizations, while .4 percent of the donations, a combined $363.28 from three UO employees, were to Republican politicians or Republican organizations. 

    Two-hundred and one faculty members, specifically, donated a total of $65,632.91 to politicians or political organizations. They contributed 99.946 percent of the money to Democrat politicians or organizations. Just  $35.17, .0005 percent of donations, went to Republican causes or politicians, like House Speaker Paul Ryan.

    Meanwhile, 21 administrators donated $10,014.60 to Democrat political candidates and politicians, such as Suzanne Bonamici’s Congressional campaign. According to the records, there were no donations made by UO administrators to Republican politicians or Republican organizations from 2017-2018.

    Act Blue and Emily’s List, a Democrat focused pro-choice organization, received the highest amount of donations in the Democrat and Democrat category.

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    For the purposes of this data, Campus Reform defined “faculty” as employees of the college that have direct instructional contact with students, such as professors, teachers, and instructors. “Administrators” were defined as employees who manage programming or are responsible for students and faculty, such as department chairs, deans, presidents, and provosts. 

    Campus Reform sorted individual donors using their stated position at the college. For example, if the individual donor noted that they were a “professor of literary theory,” they were designated as a faculty member. If an individual noted that they were employed as an “executive director,” they were designated as an administrator. In the event an employee’s title was ambiguous and could not be confirmed, they were marked as general employees, but not sorted into faculty or administration categories. Campus Reform used a variation of keyword searches to cull data specific to University of Oregon System employees. 

    Campus Reform used the most recent FEC donor records from Jan. 1, 2017 to Oct. 22, 2018.

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    Grace Gottschling

    Grace Gottschling

    Investigative Reporter

    Grace Gottschling is the Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. She is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey and has experience traveling across the country to engage and train others in pro-life apologetics. Grace manages research and Freedom of Information Act records requests for Campus Reform.

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