Military Donates Essentially No Money to Candidates
The Center for Responsive Politics touts "Overwhelming Support for Obama" among military donors. The numbers show something more interesting: those associated with the military don't give money to political campaigns.
The Center for Responsive Politics touts “Overwhelming Support for Obama” among military donors. The numbers show something more interesting: those associated with the military don’t give money to political campaigns.
OpenSecretsblog (“Armed Forces Show Overwhelming Support for Obama“):
Foreign policy, military funding and plans for U.S. troops abroad are providing plenty of chewy campaign fodder for President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. But fundraising reports shed light on what the armed forces think about the the candidates.
Former Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul received significant support from the military for his strong stance on bringing troops home, and that briefly continued even after Romney pulled ahead as the clear GOP candidate.
Now, though, the military’s support has shifted toward Obama. Romney has consistently received little financial backing from military donors.
Despite the fact that Paul once raised almost twice as much as Obama did from the military, the president has received $536,414 from military donors, compared to Paul’s $399,274 and Romney’s $287,435, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. These numbers are based on donations greater than $200, as reported to the Federal Election Commission.
Well, okay. But let’s look at the numbers:
|Defense Acquisition University||$0||$1,000||$0|
|National Defense University||$300||$0||$0|
|US Air Force||$69,532||$54,170||$90,611|
|US Coast Guard||$12,122||$4,700||$13,819|
|US Dept of Defense||$176,121||$71,043||$39,500|
|US Marine Corps||$16,168||$16,120||$30,855|
The combined totals for Obama, Romney, and Paul add up to a little over $1.2 million. There are more than 1.4 million people on active duty in our armed forces alone. That means they’ve averaged a little less than a dollar each in giving to the candidates. And the pool is actually much larger than that, since the table tracks contributions from civilian employees.
via Lawrence Korb