Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Think Tank Employees Tend to Support Democrats

US News & World Report says that employees at all but the most conservative think tanks give more to liberal candidates.
A U.S. News analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that tracks money in politics, suggests that employees at all but the most conservative organizations gave far more financial support to Democrats than Republicans over the last four election cycles. During this time period (2003 through 2010), Republicans and Democrats each controlled both houses of Congress for four years, and Americans also elected both a Republican and a Democratic president.
Here is their analysis of moderate think tanks:
Employee contributions from some of the top moderate think tanks skew decidedly to the left. For example, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the RAND Corporation, two of the policy institutes with the most generous employees, have 84 percent and 91 percent Democratic giving records, respectively. The two think tanks with the most bipartisan spread of campaign contributions--the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute--still have seen more than two-thirds of their employees' reported contributions going toward Democrats and liberal PACs since 2003. Even employees of the Congressional Research Service, sometimes called "Congress' think tank," have given 100 percent of their donations since 2003 to Democratic candidates and committees.
Here is the chart that they compiled:

Organization Political Orientation 2003-2010 Donations GOP % Dem % 
Brookings Institution Liberal 239,229 1.20% 97.60%
Center for Strategic and International Studies Centrist 169,620 12.30% 83.80%
Center for American Progress Liberal 164,227 0.30% 98.80%
RAND Corporation Centrist 160,525 8.80% 91.20%
Council on Foreign Relations Centrist 146,849 30.20% 69.60%
Hoover Institution Conservative 146,830 88.40% 9.60%
Cato Institute Conservative 127,800 99.60% 0.00%
American Enterprise Institute Conservative 85,495 93.00% 0.60%
Urban Institute Liberal 79,259 0.00% 100.00%
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Centrist 53,175 0.90% 99.10%
Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Centrist 51,895 14.50% 85.50%
Kaiser Family Foundation Centrist 49,500 0.00% 98.00%
Center for a New American Security Centrist 42,750 5.40% 94.60%
Aspen Institute Centrist 35,000 21.60% 78.40%
U.S. Institute of Peace Centrist 32,661 0.80% 94.20%
Heritage Foundation Conservative 31,646 100.00% 0.00%
New America Foundation Centrist 23,301 5.10% 94.90%
Third Way Liberal 11,850 0.00% 100.00%
Congressional Research Service Centrist 10,422 0.00% 100.00%
Institute for Policy Studies Liberal 5,850 0.00% 100.00%
National Bureau of Economic Research Centrist 1,750 0.00% 100.00%