20 November 2002
Are we having funds yet?
Contrary to popular belief, reports Radley Balko, corporations funnel far more money to the left than to the right.
How can this be? Balko points to a couple of contributing factors:
[L]efties tend to flock to non-profit and philanthropic careers more than market lovers, who tend to pursue careers in business....This means that leftists have taken over the philanthropy wings of corporate America. They've now risen to positions where they're signing the checks distributed by, for example, the Ford Foundation.
Does money from the Ford Foundation count the same as money from Bill Ford's personal checking account? The Feds may disagree, but I figure it probably does. Balko continues:
[L]eftist groups are great at arm-twisting for donations. Jesse Jackson and his Wall Street shakedowns are a notorious example. But the NAACP, NOW and the green groups are good at it, too. "Give to us or you hate women." "Give to us or you hate black people." "Give to us or you hate the environment."
The GOP hasn't asked me for anything, since I'm not a member, but I don't know anyone who's received a Republican fund-raising letter that boiled down to "If you don't give us money, you must be some kind of liberal."
Balko doesn't dig into the psychology of the matter, but I have to wonder if maybe some of the corporate types who write checks to groups which actively oppose their interests do so in the vain hope of buying, or at least renting, their silence: "Here's fifty grand. Please shut the hell up." I can't recall any instance in history when this actually worked, though I'm certainly amenable to an empirical experiment, price available on written request.