Campus Reform's Lawrence Jones visited Ocasio-Cortez's district. 'Not one' opposed her 'radical' tax plan.
Campus Reform Editor-In-Chief Lawrence Jones joined Fox and Friends Thursday morning to discuss his recent visit to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's congressional district in New York City.
All of the constituents Jones spoke with fully supported Ocasio-Cortez's progressive agenda, which includes a top tax bracket of 70 percent on those who make $10 million per year or more. As Jones noted, "not one" person he spoke with in the congressional district opposed this plan.
One person even suggested a top tax bracket of 90 percent instead of 70 percent.
"She is representing her district. I would take her very seriously. They support this woman because they believe she is fighting for them," Jones said. "They feel this connection with her and they're going to back her 100 percent, which means that we [have] to expose every single thing that she stands for and the radical ideology that will affect poor people and the rich."
Even Ocasio-Cortez has referred to herself and her agenda, specifically with regard to taxes, as "radical." But Ocasio Cortez's "radical" beliefs should come as no surprise, given the lack of intellectual diversity among faculty and administrators at her own alma mater, Boston University.
Prior to Jones' visit to Ocasio-Cortez's district, Campus Reform analyzed the donation records of the employees of newly elected U.S. Rep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y) alma mater, Boston University, 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, 98.15 percent of all Boston University college administrators who donated to political candidates or causes gave a total of $132,997.37 to Democrat politicians or Democrat organizations, such as Emily’s List, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice, female Democrats.
In total, Boston University college employees donated $610,759.80 from 2017-2018. Of that amount, 97.57 percent were made to Democrat politicians or Democrat organizations, while just 2.43 percent of the donations were made to Republican politicians or Republican organizations.
Five hundred forty-five faculty members, specifically, donated a total of $387,403.58 to politicians or political organizations. They contributed 98.27 percent of the money to Democrat politicians or organizations. Just 1.7 percent of donations went to Republican causes or politicians, like the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Meanwhile, 127 administrators donated $132,997.37 to Democrat political candidates and politicians. According to the records, only one administrator at Boston University made a contribution to Republican politicians or Republican organizations from 2017-2018.
Act Blue and Swing Left received the highest amount of donations in the Democrat and Democrat category.
For the purposes of this data, Campus Reform defined “faculty” as employees of the college who 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 Boston University employees.
Campus Reform used the most recent FEC donor records from Jan. 1, 2017 to Oct. 22, 2018.
Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @Grace_Gotcha