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Pro-Obama Election Bias Among Catholic College Employees

A new report finds that employees at Catholic colleges who donated to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave overwhelmingly to President Barack Obama, despite his clear differences with Mitt Romney and the Catholic Church on abortion, marriage and religious freedom.

The report at looks at the “top 23” Catholic colleges, but it is not clear how they were selected. Bias in favor of President Obama is found especially at Georgetown University, where 288 employees gave to his campaign—35 percent of the total Obama donors at all 23 colleges—and only 39 employees gave to Romney. Other colleges weighted heavily toward Obama include the University of Notre Dame (89-9), Boston College (84-7) and Fordham University (66-4).

The study requires some clarification, however. It notes that employees at the University of Dallas (Tex.)—recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity—are among the employees at five colleges who gave 100 percent of donations to President Obama. But the report shows only one donation (which went to Obama) from an employee at the University of Dallas. That’s 100 percent, but hardly worth highlighting.

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