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Saturday, September 11, 2004 11:41 AM
Who's Backing Who?
Anita Sharpe on Culture

Fun David Brooks column today about the spreadsheet people vs. the paragraph people and how that translates into election fundraising.

Backing the Republicans: the spreadsheets (CEOs, bankers and accountants.) Although, for some reason, bankers at Citigroup and Bank of America are more apt to give to Democrats.

Backing the Dems: academics and lawyers. Writes Brooks: 'All but 1 percent of the campaign donations made by employees of William & Mary College went to Democrats. In the Harvard crowd, Democrats got 96 percent of the dollars. At M.I.T., it was 94 percent. Yale is a beacon of freethinking by comparison; 8 percent of its employee donations went to Republicans.'

What's still intriguing me is the divergence at Citigroup and Bank of America.


1 comment

AIK - 9/12/2004 11:00:18 PM
Of course there's an obvious flaw in the schema, and that is that professors vote 11 to 1 democratic, but Brooks just lumps them all into the 'paragraph people' category and everything is all right. As Brooks says, 'At M.I.T.,[democratic support among the faculty] was 94 percent.' I suppose that 94 percent of M.I.T. professors spend more time working with paragraphs than numbers...Then again the scientific method doesn't apply much to the Times editorial page.

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