A Campus Reform investigation revealed that faculty and staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to President Obama’s reelection campaign.
The findings, based on official Federal Election Commission data made available by the government transparency site OpenSecrets.org, revealed that employees of the top 23 Catholic schools contributed $449,229 to President Obama while giving just $70,304 to Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Of the 826 individuals who donated over $200 to the two major candidates, 748 gave to President Obama’s campaign while 78 contributed to Romney.
Campus Reform sought comment from all 23 universities, but received no replies at the time of publication.
Leaders from prominent Catholics pro-life organizations expressed outrage on Monday, citing the study as further evidence that Catholic universities of higher education have strayed far from Church doctrine.
Bill Donohue, who is the president of the Catholic League, for example, suggested that many prominent Catholic schools have almost entirely abandoned their religious roots.
“The difference between Boston College and Boston University, and between Georgetown and George Washington, is miniscule,” Donahue told Campus Reform in a statement. “Indeed, at Georgetown they have two pro-abortion clubs on campus,”
“They would never allow an anti-Semitic club (nor should they) but they have no problem supporting abortion,” he added. “The pope and Cardinal Dolan know there is a serious problem, and they deserve our support.”
Father Frank Pavone who is the national director of the Catholic pro-life organizations Priests for Life told Campus Reform on Monday that his organization experiences more hostility to pro-life doctrine on Catholic campuses than on secular campuses.
“We find much more denial and resistance on Catholic campuses than on secular campuses,” said Pavone. “It’s evidence that the [Catholic] campuses need reform, including a lot more brain power invested in the task of applying Catholic teaching to political choices.”
Total donors: 928
Obama donors: 832 (89.6%) Romney donors: 96 (10.3%)
Obama: $449,229 Romney: $70,304
5 Schools with 100% Obama donations: Santa Clara University, College of the Holy Cross, Loyola University Maryland, University of Dallas, University of Portland
Obama: 288 donors giving $196,311 Romney: 39 donors giving $34,495
Notre Dame University
Obama: 89 donors giving $35,875 Romney: 9 donors giving $11,720
Obama: 84 donors giving $53,146 Romney: 7 donors giving $5,475
Obama: 66 donors giving $41,652 Romney: 4 donors giving $3,500
Saint Louis University
Obama: 47 donors giving $23,351 Romney: 11 donors giving $6,614
Santa Clara University
Obama: 46 donors giving $23,075 Romney: 0 donors
Loyola University Chicago
Obama: 34 donors giving $23,500 Romney: 1 donor giving $250
Catholic University of America
Obama: 32 donors giving $22,018 Romney: 1 donor giving $2,500
Obama: 29 donors giving $12,200 Romney: 4 donors giving $5,250
Obama: 20 donors giving $11,601 Romney: 1 donor giving $250
Obama: 16 donors giving $6,500 Romney: 1 donor giving $250
University of Dayton
Obama: 12 donors giving $4,162 Romney: 1 donor giving $250
Loyola Marymount University
Obama: 10 donors giving $3,500 Romney: 4 donors giving $3,005
Obama: 10 donors giving $5,281 Romney: 1 donor giving $1,000
Obama: 9 donors $2,700 Romney: 8 donors giving $4,000
Obama: 8 donors giving $4,425 Romney; 2 donors giving $500
Obama: 8 donors giving $1,862 Romney: 1 donor giving $250
University of Portland
Obama: 8 donors for $2,600 Romney: 0 donors for $0
Obama: 7 donors giving $3,300 Romney: 0 donors giving $0
College of the Holy Cross
Obama: 4 donors giving $1,500 Romney: 0 donors giving $0
Loyola University Maryland
Obama: 2 donors giving $1,200 Romney: 0 donors giving $0
Obama: 2 donors giving $450 Romney: 1 donor giving $225
University of Dallas
Obama: 1 donor giving $150 Romney: 0 donors giving $0
Thomas Aquinas College
Obama: 0 donors for $0 Romney: 0 donors for $0
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