Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Politics On The Farm (Affectionately Known As Stanford)

Every election cycle I report political donations and votes cast by thousands of faculty, staff, and students living in housing on the Stanford campus (zip code 94305).  Political donations are reported to the Federal Election Commission and are reproduced on Open Secrets.

As of August 21, 2020, 957 donations from individuals living in zip code 94305 totaling $1,624,071 were given to candidates, political parties, political action groups, and other politically-oriented organizations for the 2019/20 election cycle.  Some persons gave two, three, or more donations, each of which is recorded separately.

Donations to Republican candidates or Republican-linked organizations amounted to $14,600.  Since Open Secrets only lists 500 donations (payment is required for the complete list), it’s reasonable to suppose that a similar amount was given by the remaining 457 donations.  This presumption puts total Republican political donations around $27,000.  Stanford residents gave 1.66% of their political donations to Republicans.

In comparison, Stanford residents gave 98.34% of their political donations to Democrats.

Stanford is among the most diverse universities in America in every category but one, political orientation.

On November 4, 2020, I will report vote totals and total political donations for 94305 residents.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

That fact is an embarrassment. It is a big reason why I do not attend reunions.

Eric Youngstrom Class of 1969