After seeing a recent post on the Open Secrets site regarding contributions to political campaigns, I wondered ‘what about us?’ What do librarians contribute, financially, to campaigns?
This is rough (and I do welcome comments and other search suggestions), but here goes:
After poking through the recent (2007-2008) election cycle contributions, which are current through mid-August 2008, contributors who self-described themselves as “librarian” donated $774,230 to candidates, parties and PACs.
Of those folks, $186,102 dollars went to Obama, $182,822 went to Clinton, $26,100 to Edwards, $7,400 to McCain, and $16,700 to Romney (also notable: $19,860 to the DNC, $24,800 to Emily’s List).
And, I took a look back at the last presidential election fiscal cycle (2003-2004), and those who listed “librarian” as their occupation contributed $513,912 — more than $250,000 less than the current contribution level and we still have a few months until the election.