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2015 Annual Commencement Speaker Survey


Methodology

Commencement speakers were found in online announcements on the universities' websites or in a news source. This list
includes undergraduate speakers from the top 100 universities in 2015 as identified by US News and World Report. Schools
that had multiple undergraduate speakers are included individually.

To be classified as a liberal or conservative speaker, the speaker has:
Made a public financial contribution to a liberal/conservative candidate
If speaker gave to multiple ideologies, Presidential candidates trump local candidates. If no donation to a
Presidential candidate, more than 75% of donations went to one ideology over the other.
Made a ideological public statement
Google and Google News search their name. If in the first two pages of searches an article or speech comes up,
examine the speech for clear ideological statements.
Google and Google News search their name along with key issues of the day: climate change, Obamacare,
minimum wage, and the Middle East. If in the first two pages of searches an article or speech comes up, examine
the speech for clear ideological statements.
If a journalist, search Media Research Center database for potentially biased statements.
Made public statements in support of 2012 presidential office-seekers
Google and Google News search their name along with the terms "Obama" and "Romney." If in the first two
pages of searches, look for public articles indicating support for one candidates ideas over another.
Been a candidate for public office.
Been a political appointee in a Presidential administration.
Self-identified with one ideology over another.

If speaker does not fit these criteria, list as "unknown." A "clear ideological statement" is subject to the opinion of researcher,
cross-checked by another member of Young Americas Foundation staff. While not all speakers listed as liberal or conservative
will mention ideology in their speech, this methodology should give a fair and clear picture of the ideological makeup of the
2015 speakers.


Study Data
Name

Ranking

State

# of
Students

8,014

$41,820

Lisa P. Jackson

Massachusetts

19,882

$43,938

Deval L. Patrick

Speaker Description
Former admin of the U.S.
Environmental Protection
Agency, appointed by
President Barack Obama
Former Governor of
Massachusetts

Connecticut

12,109

$45,800

Joe Biden

US Vice President

Liberal

(Candidate for office, Democrat Governor)


(Candidate for office, Democrat Vice
President)

Columbia University

New York

23,606

$51,008

Eric Garcetti

Liberal

(Candidate for office, Democrat Mayor)

Stanford University

California

18,136

$44,757

Richard Engel

Mayor of Los Angeles


Chief Foreign
Correspondent, NBC News

Unknown

University of Chicago

Illinois

12,539

$48,253

Kenneth Pomeranz

Liberal

Massachusetts Institute of
Technology

Massachusetts

11,301

$45,016

Megan Smith

Liberal

(Political Appointee, Assistant to Pres.


Obama)

Duke University

North Carolina

15,465

$47,488

Paul Farmer

Liberal

(Public Donations, More than $3,000 to


Liberal Candidates and Causes)

University of Pennsylvania
California Institute of
Technology

Pennsylvania

21,358

$47,688

Samantha Power

University of Chicago
Professor, History
U.S. Chief Technology
Officer, Assistant to
President Barack Obama
Chair of Department of
Global Health and Social
Medicine at Harvard
Medical School
U.S. Permanent
Representative to the
United Nations, Pulitzer
Prize-Winning Author


(Public Donations, $5,800 to Liberal
Candidates and Causes (MoveOn.org PAC,
Barack Obama))

10

California

2,181

$43,362

Genevieve Bell

Cultural Anthropologist

Liberal

Dartmouth College

11

New Hampshire

6,342

$48,108

David Brooks

Conservative

Johns Hopkins University

12

Maryland

21,052

$47,060

Dr. Ed Catmull

New York Times Columnist


President, Pixar Animation
Studios and Walt Disney
Animation Studios

Northwestern University
Washington University in St.
Louis

13

Illinois

20,997

$47,251

Virginia Rometty

Chairman, President &


CEO of IBM

Liberal

14

Missouri

14,032

$46,467

Ken Burns

Filmmaker, Historian

Liberal

Cornell University

15

New York

21,593

$47,286

Gabby Giffords

Former Congresswoman

Liberal

Princeton University

New Jersey

Harvard University

Yale University

Tuition

Commencement Speaker '15

Affiliation

Justification

Liberal

(Political Appointee, EPA Administrator


under Pres. Obama)

Liberal

Liberal

Liberal

(Political Appointee, UN Ambassador for


Pres. Obama)
(Public Donations, More than $2,000 to
Barack Obama)
(Self-Identified,
http://news.yahoo.com/david-brooks-
new-york-times-aspen-053134080.html)

(Public Donations, $1,500 to DNC)


(Political Appointee, Pres. Obama's Export
Commission,
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-
office/2013/09/18/president-obama-
announces-more-key-administration-posts)
(Political donations, major contributions to
DNC, Obama, NH Dem Party)
(Candidate for office, Democrat
Congresswoman)

Cornell University

Brown University

16

Rhode Island

University of Notre Dame

16

Vanderbilt University

Mark Kelly

Former NASA astronaut

Liberal


Oxford University
Chancellor
President and CEO, Aspen
Institute
Former United States
Secretary of State

8,943

$47,434

Student Speakers

Indiana

12,124

$46,237

Christopher Patten

16

Texas

12,757

$43,838

Walter Isaacson

Rice University

19

Texas

6,628

$40,566

Colin Powell

University of California-
Berkeley

20

California

36,204

$25,064

Marc Benioff

Emory University

21

Georgia

14,513

$45,008

Salman Rushdie

CEO, Salesforce
Author and Human Rights
Advocate

Georgetown University

21

Washington, D.C.

17,849

$46,744

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-
General

Conservative
Liberal

(Political donations, runs major liberal


Super PAC)

(Candidate for office, former Conservative
UK Parliament member)
(Political donations, more than 80% of
donations to liberal candidates)

Georgetown University

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

Congressman

Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Elaine Chao
Admiral Thad W. Allen
(Retired)

Former Secretary of Labor


Executive Vice President,
Booz Allen Hamilton

Independent (Bush official, supported Obama twice)


(Political donations and public statements,
Obama national campaign co-chair (Raised
$500k); Opposed Pence's RFRA,
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/m
arc-benioff-mike-pence-religious-freedom-
Liberal
bill)
(Political donations, $1,000 to Barack
Liberal
Obama)
(Public statements, climate change,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/
04/un-chief-climate-change-ban-ki-
Liberal
moon_n_5262410.html)
(Candidate for office, Democrat
Liberal
Congressman)
(Political Appointee, Sec. of Labor for Pres.
Conservative Bush)
(Political donation, Gave $5,000 to
Liberal
Giffords' and Kelly's liberal PAC)

Georgetown University

Vikram Patel

Professor

Unknown

Georgetown University

Charlie Rose

News Anchor, PBS

Liberal

University of California-Los
Angeles

23

California

42,190

$35,580

Nathan Myhrvold

Intellectual Ventures co-


founder

Liberal


(Public statements, climate change,
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-
dickens/2014/04/01/charlie-rose-slams-
climate-deniers-invites-expert-predicted-
north-)
(Public statements, climate change,
http://www.geekwire.com/2014/bill-
gates-hank-paulson-nathan-myhrvold-
want-solve-worlds-biggest-problem/;
Political donation, Pres. Obama
inauguration committee)

University of Virginia

23

Virginia

23,464

$42,184

Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Governor

Liberal

(Candidate for office, Democrat Governor)

Bob Bruner

Darden School Dean, UVA

Conservative

University of Virginia

Carnegie Mellon University

25

Pennsylvania

12,991

$48,786

Alan Alda

Actor

Liberal

(Public Donation, $3,000 to RNC)


(Public Donations, More the $50,000 to
liberal candidates, including John Kerry)

University of Southern

25

California

41,368

$48,280

Mellody Hobson

President, Ariel

Liberal

(Public Donations, Mega-donor to


California

Investments

Tufts University

27

Massachusetts

10,872

$48,643

Madeleine Albright

Wake Forest University

27

South Carolina

7,602

$46,200

Stephen Colbert

Former United States


Secretary of State
Author, Comedian,
Television Personality

Ari Weinzweig

Co-Founder and CEO of


Zingermans Community of
Business

University of Michigan-Ann
Arbor

University of Michigan-Ann
Arbor
University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill

29

Michigan

43,710

$41,811

Paul Saginaw

Co-Founder and CEO of


Zingermans Community of
Business
Media and Entertainment
Innovator

Democrats, including Barack Obama)

Liberal

(Political appointee, Sec. of State for Bill


Clinton)
(Public donations, more than $4,000 to
liberal candidates)
(Public statements, minimum wage,
http://blog.dol.gov/2014/10/20/a-small-
business-owners-perspective-a-high-road-
on-the-minimum-wage/)
(Public statements, Supports Obama,
Higher minimum wage,
http://markmaynard.com/2014/04/zinger
mans-founder-paul-saginaw-on-meeting-
obama-raising-the-minimum-wage-and-
investing-in-your-employees-instead-of-
lobbyists/)
(Public donations, $2,500 to liberal
candidates)

Unknown

Liberal
Liberal

Liberal

Liberal

30

North Carolina

29,127

$33,624

Jason Kilar

Boston College

31

Massachusetts

13,525

$47,436

Joseph Cupich

New York University

32

New York

44,599

$46,170

Sherrilyn Ifill

College of William and Mary

33

Virginia

8,376

$39,360

Condoleeza Rice

Chicago Archbishop
director of the NAACP's
Legal Defense and
Educational Fund
Former United States
Secretary of State

University of Rochester

33

New York

11,020

$46,960

Deborah Bial

founder and president of


The Posse Foundation

Liberal

Brandeis University
Georgia Institute of
Technology
Georgia Institute of
Technology

35

Massachusetts

5,825

$47,833

Thomas Pickering

Former United States


Ambassador

Liberal

35

Georgia

21,471

$30,698

Arne Duncan

University of California-San
Diego
Case Western Reserve
University
University of California-

37

California

28,731

$36,180

Christiana Figueres

38

Ohio

10,325

$43,158

Barry Meyer

US Secretary of Education
Commander, Supreme
Allied Command, Europe
Executive Secretary of the
United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC)
Former Warner Bros.
Chairman & CEO

38

California

33,307

$36,774

Student Speakers

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove

Liberal

(Public donations, donated $500 to Barack


Obama)
(Political appointee, Sec. of State for G.W.
Bush)
(Public statements, climate change,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/an
swer-sheet/wp/2014/05/29/i-belong-to-a-
generation-that-has-fundamentally-failed-
you-commencement-speaker/)
(Public statements, Middle East,
http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/04/08/
brandeis-u-questioned-over-
commencement-speaker-pickerings-
remarks-on-israel/)
(Political appointee, Pres. Obama's
cabinet)

Unknown

Liberal
Liberal

(Public statements, climate change,


http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/05/climate
-chief-world-economy/)
(Public Donations, Mega-donor to liberals,
more than 80% to liberals)

Liberal
Conservative


Davis
Lehigh University

40

Pennsylvania

University of California-
Santa Barbara

40

California

University of California-
Santa Barbara

University of California-
Santa Barbara
University of California-
Santa Barbara
University of California-
Santa Barbara
University of California-
Santa Barbara

University of California-
Santa Barbara

7,096

$44,890

Walter Isaacson

22,225

$36,624

Jose Hernandez

Liberal

Liberal

Liberal

(Political appointee, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-


CA))

John Nava

Ashley Conrad-Saydah

Howard Wenger

Lorraine McDonnell

Cynthia Stohl

Fine Artist
Deputy secretary for
climate policy, California
Environmental Protection
Agency
President of regions,
SunPower Corporation
UCSB professor of political
science
UCSB professor of
communication

Josh Elliott

Television journalist, NBC


Sports

Liberal

Television Talk Show Host,


Journalist

Liberal

42

Massachusetts

32,411

$46,664

Meredith Vieira

Northeastern University
Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute
University of California-
Irvine
University of Illinois-Urbana-
Champaign

42

Massachusetts

20,034

$43,440

David Muir

42

New York

6,995

$47,908

Admiral Michelle Howard

42

California

28,895

$37,635

Not Announced

42

Illinois

44,942

$30,228

Rissa Lavizzo-Mourey

47

Wisconsin

43,275

$26,660

Katie Couric

48

Pennsylvania

46,615

$30,452

Daniel J. Eichenlaub

(Political donations, more than 80% of


donations to liberal candidates)
(Candidate for office, liberal candidate for
Congress)
(Public statements, Middle East,
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/0
4/30/sepr-a29.html)

Liberal

Boston University

University of Wisconsin-
Madison
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park

President and CEO, Aspen


Institute
NASA astronaut and
Former Democrat
Congressional Candidate

Liberal
Liberal

Liberal


(Public statements, climate change,
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-
whitlock/2012/03/26/screw-objectivity-
abcs-josh-elliott-im-proud-work-place-
believes-adv)
(Public statements, Middle East,
http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/new-
today-co-host-anti-war-protester-war-
built-lies-462006)
(Public statements, bias toward Barack
Obama, against Mitt Romney,
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-
whitlock/2014/09/01/latest-world-news-
anchor-david-muir-loves-cool-kid-obama-
mocked)

Unknown


President and CEO, Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation

Television Journalist
president and co-founder,
Eichenlaub Inc

Liberal


(Public donations, Barack Obama, John
Kerry)
(Public statements, MRC documented
history of bias,
http://archive.mrc.org/projects/couric/wel
come.asp)

Unknown

News Anchor, ABC World


News Tonight
Vice Chief of Naval
Operations

Unknown

(Public Donations, major donation to DNC)


(Public donations, Barack Obama, DNC,
Dem Candidates, Liz Warren)

Liberal


Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park

O. Richard Dick Bundy

Jerome Griffith

Jayne Jamison

professor of music
education, Penn State
CEO and president, TUMI
Senior vice president and
publisher, O, The Oprah
Magazine

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Liberal


(Public statements, climate change,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions
/the-impact-of-climate-
change/2014/04/18/218f7b0a-c63c-11e3-
b708-471bae3cb10c_story.html)

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown


(Public donations, Major DNC/Obama
Donor)
(Public donations, Major DNC/Obama
Donor)
(Public donations, )Donated to Kerry for
President)

University of Florida

48

Florida

49,878

$28,591

W. Kent Fuchs

economist and senior


fellow, Resources for the
Future
Director and Distinguished
Chair in Education Policy,
RAND Education
President and CEO, Videon
Central
Senior adviser for program
development, Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation
co-founder and CEO,
Weebly.com
Professor, Penn State
College of Nursing
professor of medicine at
Harvard Medical School
President, University of
Florida

University of Miami

48

Florida

16,935

$44,350

Jimmy Buffet

Performing artist

Liberal


(Public donations, Mega-donor to liberal
candidates)

University of Washington

48

Washington

43,762

$33,513

Not Announced

Yeshiva University

48

New York

6,744

$38,730

Dr. Ruth Wisse

Conservative

(Public donations, George W. Bush)

University of Texas-Austin

53

Texas

52,059

$34,722

Darren Walker


Yiddish Scholar, literary
and social critic
President, Ford
Foundation

Liberal

George Washington
University

54

Washington, D.C.

25,264

$48,760

Tim Cook

Liberal

Ohio State University-


Columbus

54

Ohio

57,466

$26,537

Archie Griffin

CEO, Apple
President & CEO, Ohio
State University Alumni
Association

(Public donations, Obama Donor)


(Public statements, climate change;
religious freedom,
http://www.theguardian.com/environmen
t/2014/mar/03/tim-cook-climate-change-
skeptics-ditch-apple-shares;
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/new
s/apple-ceo-tim-cook-slams-indianas-
religious-freedom-law-20150330)

Liberal

(Public donations, liberal congressional


candidate)

Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park
Pennsylvania State
University-University Park

Joel Darmstadter

V. Darleen Opfer

Todd Erdley

Jane Isaacs Lowe

David Rusenko

Ann Kolanowski

Dr. Theodore I. Steinman

Liberal
Liberal
Liberal
Unknown

Pepperdine University

54

California

7,315

$46,692

Elizabeth Holmes

Founder and CEO,


Theranos

Tulane University

54

Louisiana

13,462

$48,305

Maya Rudolph

Fordham University
Southern Methodist
University

58

New York

15,097

$43,577

Nana Lordina Dramani


Mahama

58

Texas

10,929

$45,940

George W. Bush

First Lady of Ghana


Former President of the
United States

Syracuse University

58

New York

21,267

$41,886

Mary Karr

Award-winning poet and


Memoirist

Liberal

Gives to both parties


(Self-identified,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2006/04/18/AR20060
41801943_pf.html)
(Public donations, conservative mega-
donor)
(Public statements, minimum wage/wage
equality,
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/10/
20/exclusive-watch-amy-poehler-maya-
rudolph-navigate-economy-as-alpacas/)
(Self-identified, socialist party in Ghana,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Draman
i_Mahama)
(Candidate for office, Republican
President)
(Public statements, supports
Obama/Obamacare,
https://twitter.com/marykarrlit/status/390
502410483159040)

University of Connecticut

58

Connecticut

25,911

$32,880

Timothy Scott Case

founding CTO of Priceline

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Conservative

(Public donations, gave $1,000 to


conservative candidates)

Pepperdine University

Brit Hume

Pepperdine University

Unknown

Conservative

Fred Sands

Former Fox News Anchor


chair of Vintage Real
Estate, LLC

Actress and Comedian

Liberal

Liberal

Conservative

Conservative

University of Connecticut

Helen Hays

University of Connecticut

Barbara Medoff-Cooper

University of Connecticut

Michael Melio

University of Connecticut

Harriet Sanford

University of Connecticut

Robert J. Shiller


Chair in Pediatric Nursing
at the University of
Pennsylvania
Founder, Western
Piedmont Metal and
United American Steel
Company
president and CEO of the
National Education
Association (NEA)
Foundation
Nobel Prize in Economic
Sciences in 2013

Liberal

(Public donations, Edwards for President


and liberal candidates)
(Public donations, liberal candidates; self-
identified Keynesian)

University of Connecticut

Dr. Anne Tanner

microbiologist, professor

Liberal

(Public donations, Obama Donor)

University of Connecticut

Leslie Uggams

Musician
President, Brigham Young
University

Unknown

Unknown


President, Purdue
University

Conservative

(Public Donation, Conservative Donor)

Bringham Young University

62

Utah

31,123

$5,000

Kevin J. Worthen

Clemson University
Purdue University-West
Lafayette

62

South Carolina

21,303

$30,816

Not Announced

62

Indiana

38,788

$28,804

Mitch Daniels

Liberal

Liberal

(Public statements, Calls voter ID laws


"restrictive," MRC database,
http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-gma-
decries-restrictive-voter-id-laws-struck-
down-texas-and-wisconsin)

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

Charles Bolden

Athlete, Philanthropist
Astronaut, Retired U.S.
Marine Corps

Liberal

$26,356

Not Announced

6,296

$42,778

Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr.

Former NASA astronaut

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

New Jersey

48,036

$28,591

Bill Nye

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

Washington, D.C.

12,819

$41,833

William K. Reilly

Conservative

(Self-Identified Republican, EPA Admin


under Bush)

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

Liberal

(Political appointee, Obama appointee)

Conservative

(Political appointee, Bush appointee )

Liberal

(Public donation, Major Obama donor)

University of Georgia
University of Maryland-
College Park

62

Georgia

34,536

$29,046

Amy Robach

62

Maryland

37,272

$29,720

Domonique Foxworth

University of Pittsburgh
Texas A&M University -
College Station
Worcester Polytechnic
Institute
Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey-
New Brunswick

62

Pennsylvania

28,649

$28,168

68

Texas

57,795

68

Massachusetts

70

American University

71

Anchor, "Good Morning


America"

American University

Sheila C. Johnson

American University

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

American University

Mark Weinberger

American University

Robert F. Smith

CEO, Planetary Society


Former Administrator, U.S.
Environmental Protection
Agency
CEO, Salamander Hotels
and Resorts
Under Secretary of
Commerce for Oceans and
Atmosphere and
Administrator
Global Chairman & CEO of
EY,
Founder, Chairman and
CEO, Vista Equity Partners

Baylor University

71

Texas

15,616

$38,290

Not Announced

University of Iowa
University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

71

Iowa

31,065

$27,409

Not Announced

71

Minnesota

51,526

$20,876

Santino Fontana

Unknown

Virginia Tech

71

Virginia

31,205

$27,444

Eric Schmidt

Actor
Executive Chairman,
Google

Liberal

Clark University
Indiana University-
Bloomington

76

Massachusetts

3,551

$40,730

Matt Goldman

Co-Founder, Blue Man


Group

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)


(Public statement, climate change,
http://www.dailyclimate.org/tdc-
newsroom/2010/04/a-different-climate-
message)

76

Indiana

46,817

$33,241

Sage Steele

Sports Broadcaster

Unknown

Marquette University

76

Wisconsin

11,782

$35,930

Sister Peggy O'Neill

Founder, El Centro Arte


Para la Paz

Liberal


(Public statement, "commitment to social
justice,"
http://newspress.furman.edu/2013/04/sist
er-peggy-oneill-commencement-address/)

17,901

$30,394

Bonnie St. John

New Jersey

5,784

$44,490

Kevin Mandia

Author, Paralympic Skiing


Medalist, Former White
House Official
Security Executive and
President, FireEye Inc.

76

New York

2,373

$16,953

Mary Karr

Texas Christian University

76

Texas

9,925

$38,600

University of Delaware
University of Massachusetts
- Amherst

76

Delaware

21,308

76

Massachusetts

Michigan State University

85

Michigan

Miami University - Oxford


Stevens Institute of
Technology
SUNY College of
Environmental Science and
Forestry

76

Ohio

76

Michigan State University


University of California -
Santa Cruz
University of California -
Santa Cruz
University of California -
Santa Cruz
University of California -
Santa Cruz


85

Liberal

(Political appointee, Clinton appointee)

Unknown

Award-winning poet and


Memoirist

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

Not Announced

$30,692

David G. DeWalt

Former President & CEO,


McAfee Inc.

Liberal


(Political appointee, Obama appointee on
National Security Telecommunications
Advisory Council (NSTAC) -
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/davi
d-dewalt)

28,518

$28,813

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

49,343

$34,980

Bob Chapek

Astrophysicist
chairperson of Walt Disney
Parks and Resorts
chairperson and CEO of
The Dow Chemical Co

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

Unknown

Congresswoman
professor of history at the
University of Colorado at
Boulder

Liberal


(Candidate for Office, Democrat
congresswoman)

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor)

Unknown

Unknown

California


17,203

$36,276

Andrew Liveris
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Patricia Limerick

Dom Siababa

Jorge Valdes


education advisor at the
U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office

University of Vermont
Binghamton University -
SUNY

85

Vermont

12,723

$37,874

Nina Totenberg

Legal Affairs
Correspondent, NPR

Liberal


(Public statement, Obamacare,
https://twitter.com/ninatotenberg/status/
573090556722593793)

88

New York

16,077

$20,259

Student Speakers

Colorado School of Mines


Stony Brook University-
SUNY
Stony Brook University-
SUNY

88

Colorado

5,608

$33,598

Steven Swanson

NASA Astronaut

Unknown

88

New York

24,143

$21,850

Billy Joel

Musician

Liberal


(Public Donation, Democrat Donor; Public
endorsement, Barack Obama)

Charles B. Wang

Businessman

Unknown


Former Chairman and
President, Hearst
Magazines

Unknown

(Gave heavily to both parties)

University of Alabama

88

Alabama

34,752

$24,950

None

University of Colorado-
Boulder

88

Colorado

31,702

$33,151

Cathleen Black


University of Denver

88

Colorado

11,778

$42,090

Sen. Michael Bennet

Senator (D-CO)

Liberal

(Candidate for office, Democrat Senator)

University of Tulsa

88

Oklahoma

4,597

$34,704

Not Announced

Drexel University

95

Pennsylvania

23,620

$47,051

Noam Chomsky

Professor

Liberal


(Public Donation, gave to socialist
candidate Bernie Sanders)

Tennis Legend
Winner of the 2011 Nobel
Prize in chemistry
Acclaimed Philadelphia-
born fashion designer
Justice of the Florida
Supreme Court

Liberal

(Public Donations, liberal megadonor)

Unknown

Liberal

(Public Donation, Democrat Donor

Unknown


(Political appointee, President Obama;
Public statements, climate change,
http://news.sciencemag.org/policy/2014/1
0/battle-between-nsf-and-house-science-
committee-escalates-how-did-it-get-bad)
Obama appointee for Justice Department,
but not partisan

Drexel University

Billie Jean King

Drexel University

Dan Shechtman

Drexel University

Ralph Rucci

Florida State University

95

Florida

40,909

$21,673

Jorge Labarga

North Carolina State


University-Raleigh

95

North Carolina

34,009

$23,551

France A. Crdova

University of San Diego

95

California

8,321

$42,908

Father Gregory Boyle

University of San Diego

Albert P. Carey, CEO

99

Missouri

13,505

$37,966

Garry Kasparov

Chess Legend

Conservative

University of Missouri

99

Missouri

34,658

$24,460

Not Announced

Liberal Speakers in Blue


Conservative Speakers in
Red
Unknown, Not Announced,
and Student Speakers in
Green

87
14

Unknown

Saint Louis University


TOTALS

Liberal


(Public statement, opposes Obama,
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/20
15/03/03/garry_kasparov_obama_should_
resign_proven_to_be_weak_leader.html)


KEY

National Science
Foundation Director
Founder, Homeboy
Industries
PepsiCo Americas
Beverages

46


6-to-1 liberal to conservative

Liberal political appointees


and candidates in Blue
Writing
Conservative political
appointees and candidates
in Red Writing

Unknown


20

American leaders only