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Rep. Rashida Tlaib has 99 problems. Donations from faculty, admin. aren't one

Rep. Rashida Tlaib said recently that there is a "calming feeling" from thinking about the Holocaust, fueling further speculation among her critics of alleged anti-semitic biases. The Michigan congresswoman fired back Tuesday, saying her words were taken out of context. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, came Tlaib's defense, labeling the criticism "attempts to smear." 

"There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people's passports," Tlaib said during a podcast appearance.

But as the Michigan congresswoman deals with these problems, there is one thing she likely doesn't have to worry about: money from college faculty members and administrators.

[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: Faculty, admin at Ilhan Omar's alma mater gave exclusively to Dems]

In the latest edition of an ongoing series examining how college faculty and administrators donate politically in certain states and congressional districts, Campus Reform analyzed the donation records of college and university employees in Tlaib’s Michigan district. The colleges included in this report include: Wayne State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the College for Creative Studies.

This Campus Reform analysis was created with publicly available  2017-2018 records from the Federal Election Commission, in order to determine the political leanings of faculty and administrators at colleges in Tlaib’s district (MI-13) .

According to a Campus Reform analysis, 97.92 percent of all college administrators in Michigan’s 13th district who donated to political candidates or causes gave a total of $22,415.78 to Democrat politicians or Democrat organizations, such as Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

In total, MI-13 college employees donated $154,034.47 to partisan groups or individuals from 2017-2018. Of that amount, 94.52 percent were made to Democrat politicians or Democrat organizations, while just 5.35 percent of the donations were made to Republican politicians or Republican organizations. 

Two-hundred eighty-four faculty members, specifically, donated a total of $98,829.42 to politicians or political organizations. They contributed

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12226


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