Yale Daily News: “Yale is nearly fully disconnected from much of US society”: Yale Professors Donated Almost Exclusively to Democrats in 2023

January 31, 2024

Today, the Yale Daily News reported that 98.4% of political donations made by Yale faculty in 2023 went to Democratic candidates:

Nearly 100 percent of the money Yale professors donated to political campaigns went to Democrats in 2023.

The News analyzed over 5,000 Federal Elections Committee filings from 2023 with Yale University listed as an employer, 3,041 of which were professors. Professors donated a total of roughly $127,000, of which 98.4 percent went to Democratic candidates and groups.

This year’s data are in line with trends from previous years, according to data from opensecrets.org. The last time more than 10 percent of total faculty contributions went to Republicans was over 20 years ago, in 2002.

Some recipients, like the Biden Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee, received fewer than 50 contributions, but were driven by a handful of large contributors, such as Nalebuff.

Other recipients, such as ActBlue, a fundraising platform serving left-leaning and Democratic nonprofits and politicians, received 724 total contributions.

ActBlue’s Republican counterpart, WinRed, received a total of $36 from three individual professors.

One of them, professor Zack Cooper, is a registered Democrat, but donated the minimum possible amount to candidates such as Nikki Haley and Chris Christie so that they could meet the minimum donor count threshold required to participate in the televised national debates, according to an email from Cooper.

“Yale is nearly fully disconnected from much of US society,” Edward A Snyder, a School of Management professor wrote, referring to the contributions made by professors. “The data speak for themselves.” 

Carlos Eire, a professor of history and self-described conservative, said that he was “not surprised at all” by the 98.35 percent figure.

“Right now, it is extremely difficult for Yale or any other institution of higher learning to create greater political diversity,” he said. “American academia is an echo chamber when it comes to politics.”

Read the full piece here.