Gov’t lawyers really love Barack Obama

By Rob Nikolewski on June 17, 2013
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A review of records by a law professor at found that not only did lawyers at federal agencies contribute more to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election but that every single federal agency reported an overwhelming advantage to Obama.

The analysis also showed that two federal agencies — the and the – did not report a single dollar in contributions to Romney from its lawyers.

“This is to be expected to some extent when you have a Democrat in the White House,” said , associate professor of law at Pepperdine, “but I’ve never seen numbers this lopsided, outside of a politicized organization.”

Here is what Anderson found while looking at FEC records for the 2012 election cycle at the contributions from government attorneys at every federal agency plus the United Nations and , the independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States:

A review of political contributions show that lawyers for federal government agencies overwhelming sent checks to the Obama campaign rather than the Romney campaign in 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Anderson said he came across the numbers as part of a larger research project at Pepperdine looking into contributions by law firms.

“I noticed the government agencies were fairly lopsided,” Anderson told in a telephone interview, and that spurred him to look at the FEC data for Obama or Romney by agency.

Some critics have dismissed Anderson’s numbers, maintaining that since Republicans have long talked about reducing the size of government, there’s a large degree of self-selection at work here — that lawyers who are politically conservative wouldn’t likely seek jobs in the federal government in the first place.

Anderson acknowledged that attorneys tend to donate more to Democrats and the public employees also contribute much more to Democrats than Republicans but said “in the current dismal market” for lawyers, the numbers would not like lead to such a one-sided outcome.

But even if self-selection is at work, “It’s still a problem,” Anderson said.

“You have a monolithic, ideological culture, judging from the data” and Anderson thinks that could lead to more controversies such as the allegations facing the for singling out conservative political organizations for scrutiny.

Anderson’s numbers showed that 95 percent of lawyers at the IRS contributed to Obama in the 2012 election.

“Dissenting voices within agencies — at least loud ones — don’t seem to he heard here … and may not be willing to stand up at a given agency to give voice to the other side of the political spectrum,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who has worked at Pepperdine for six years and says he’s a registered Republican, says he has not yet looked at the FEC numbers from previous presidential election years.

“This is a snapshot,” he said.

Here’s the original blog post by Prof. Anderson:

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3 Comments For This Post So Far

  1. L.E. Liesner
    8:18 pm on June 17th, 2013

    All you need to do is remember the old saying about birds of a feather. In the area of trustworthiness I think used car dealers rate higher then lawyers, and the only way Obama rates around 49% is the amount of rocks the pollsters looked under for their poll. The MSM is still carrying the water for this most corrupt administration in the history of this country. If the media did their job as watch dogs for the people, this administration would be gone.

  2. 10:07 am on June 18th, 2013

    This is one more indication that government has become its own special interest: a self-perpetuating force for increased growth a diminished accountability.

  3. qofdisks
    1:20 pm on July 5th, 2013

    This report is lopsided. Where is the breakdown of who is contributing to Republican candidates. We all know that they are not short of money.
    Large groups of people who contribute and vote for their own self interest is supposed to signal some nefarious ideological plot?
    Look to the large contributions from corporate billionaires to see ideological arm bending of our pols.

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