The vast majority of faculty and staff members from the nation’s top Catholic universities donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign over Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s this cycle, according to a new report.
Ninety-one percent of the employees at 23 different Catholic schools gave to Obama, according to Federal Elections Commission data available on OpenSecrets.org and analysed by the conservative college site Campus Reform.
Much has been made of Obama’s Affordable Care Act mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage, a requirement that church officials say conflicts with Catholic religious doctrine, and which has resulted in lawsuits on the part of Catholic organizations. Still, the faculty and staff at these Catholic colleges strongly favored Obama, donating $449,229 to Obama compared to $70,304 to Romney.
Campus Reform’s analysis found that of the 826 faculty who donated over $200 to either the Obama or Romney campaigns, 748 gave to Obama campaign compared to 78 who donated to Romney.