Nonprofit Workers Favor Dems

Charity employees are more likely to donate money to the left side of the aisle, study finds
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Oct 31, 2008 8:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – People in the charitable world lean heavily Democrat and love Barack Obama, but try to keep their affiliation low-key to avoid insulting the other side, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. A new study shows that 88% of foundation worker donations went to Dems, enriching Obama's effort by $399,000 and John McCain's by $32,000. “There’s an overwhelmingly uniform personal ideology among this group,” said a director at the group doing the study.

Obama's work as a community organizer in Chicago has likely earned him points with the philanthropic set. But others warn that the results, which account for donations of $200 or more, ignore political diversity in the charitable world. The findings play "into the prejudice out there about a bunch of pointy-headed liberals running foundations and charities," says chief consul for the American Cancer Society.