Librarians and Campaign Finance

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.

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

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