Work, Then Party

Who’s more conservative, plastic surgeons or brain surgeons? We tabulated presidential giving to see whether a donor’s occupation can predict which party will get the money.

STATED OCCUPATION

TOTAL GIVEN

GOP Share GOP SHARE 
Democrats Share DEM SHARE

IF YOU CAN’T DO, TEACH

Musician

$351,273

21%

79%

Music Teacher

$50,501

40%

60%

SUBJECT MATTERS

Science Teacher

$14,216

 

3%    97%

Art Teacher

$16,252

19%

81%

Math Teacher

$15,578

26%

74%

English Teacher

$15,373

56%

44%

PAULITES GONE WILD

Servant

$937

100% Ron Paul

 

Sex Slave

$425

100% Ron Paul

 

Wizard

$1,500

100% Ron Paul

 

Pizza Guy

$350

100% Ron Paul

 

WHEELS OF FORTUNE

Driver

$103,875

62%

38%

Chauffeur

$7,165

78%

22%

TITHING AT WINDMILLS

Reverend

$7,888

16%

84%

Rabbi

$32,392

18%

82%

Priest

$57,858

38%

62%

Minister

$196,723

49%

51%

Preacher

$3,023

78%

22%

IN VESTEMENTS

Episcopal Priest

$14,887

  7%

93%

Catholic Priest

$26,410

68%

32%

CAPITAL GAINS

CEO

$7,557,381

27%

73%

Executive

$10,315,259

50%

50%

LEGAL TENDER

Attorney

$47,439,316

20%

80%

Lawyer

$3,723,192

42%

58%

GENDER BENDER

Businesswoman

$74,465

  11%

89%

Businessman

$772,480

42%

58%

Businessperson

$36,835

62%

38%

TAKE A MULLIGAN

Professional Golfer

$15,225

68%

32%

Golf Professional

$17,916

46%

54%

PUSH POLL

OB-GYN

$34,910

 5%

95%

Midwife

$6,890

35%

65%

OKAY, OKAY, WE’RE LIBERAL

Cartoonist

$12,968

  8%

92%

Reporter

$19,233

  7%

93%

Journalist

$136,393

  9%

91%

Editor

$430,724

16%

84%

RIGHT TURN

Truck Driver

$123,460

73%

27%

Trucker

$9,540

83%

17%

FARM BILLS

Grower

$6,515

80%

20%

Rancher

$398,981

62%

38%

Farmer

$778,775

60%

40%

Organic Farmer

$4,931

 

100%

BENCHWARMERS

Judge

$104,011

21%

79%

Arbitrator

$38,713

 1%

99%

NO OBJECTION

Prosecutor

$19,107

17%

83%

Public Defender

$24,829

 2%

98%

COOKING THE BOOKS

Chef

$92,934

27%

73%

Pastry Chef

$8,017

 

100%

HOMEBODIES

Homemaker

$30,221,323

52%

48%

Housewife

$369,391

56%

44%

House Husband

$632

100%

 

MEET THE PARENTS

Mom/Mother

$174,554

19%

81%

Dad/Father

$2,791

34%

66%

GUARDIAN ANGELS

Stay-at-Home Mom

$33,992

39%

61%

Stay-at-Home Dad

$7,309

41%

59%

DOG EAT DOG

Dog Trainer

$4,585

 

100%

Dog Groomer

$4,997

34%

66%

Dog Walker

$1,601

48%

52%

GREAT OUTDOORS PARTY

Sportsman

$1,500

100%

 

Fishing Guide

$3,300

100%

 

Hunting Guide

$2,300

87%

13%  

UH, MAYBE NOT

Conservationist

$22,917

21%

79%

Ecologist

$5,874

14%

86%

Biologist

$45,324

16%

84%

NOVEL IDEAS

Tinker

$671

100%

 

Tailor

$6,662

33%

67%

Soldier

$71,726

68%

32%

Intelligence Analyst

$8,644

38%

62%

KNAVES ALL THREE

Butcher

$996

100%

 

Baker

$18,028

61%

39%

Candle Manufacturer

$500

100%

 

CUT AND RUN

Barber

$8,702

70%

30%

Hairdresser

$30,321

26%

74%

WHERE DOES IT HURT?

Nurse Practitioner

$143,087

16%

84%

Physician

$7,737,760

40%

60%

Surgeon

$380,936

52%

48%

IT’S OUR SPECIALTY

Oncologist

$10,050

 

100%

Pediatrician

$146,797

28%

72%

Dermatologist

$42,150

46%

54%

BRAIN VS. BEAUTY

Neurosurgeon

$114,582

45%

55%

Plastic Surgeon

$49,548

65%

35%

I’M IN CHARGE HERE

Manager

$3,412,186

44%

56%

Supervisor

$127,027

49%

51%

Foreman

$14,321

77%

23%

RANK AND FILE

Worker

$15,159

45%

55%

Employee

$36,349

65%

35%

Laborer

$31,393

64%

36%

Construction Worker

$9,030

84%

16%

BASE BUILDERS

Developer

$1,312,880

49%

51%

Builder

$382,196

55%

45%

Contractor

$1,107,554

64%

36%

HOMIES

Realtor

$1,659,597

31%

69%

Landlord

$49,515

58%

42%

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Winemaker

$16,178

   11%

89%

Vintner

$44,078

27%

73%

SEEING GREEN

Landscape Architect

$93,876

22%

78%

Landscaper

$51,177

41%

59%

EDUCATION MATTERS

Elementary School Teacher

$9,311

54%

46%

High School Teacher

$26,300

16%

84%

Professor

$2,957,950

14%

86%

Preschool Teacher

$8,924

 

100%

NUMBER CRUNCHERS

Statistician

$48,406

  9%

91%

Mathematician

$35,776

14%

86%

Scientist

$544,854

19%

81%

Physicist

$113,371

27%

73%

Chemist

$124,873

31%

69%

Rocket Scientist

$2,150

72%

28%

MIND YOUR ELDERS

Retired

$46,623,171

72%

28%

SOUP AND SOAPS

Self-Employed

$1,594,188

44%

56%

Unemployed

$187,185

58%

42%

BIG TIPPERS

Waiter

$19,504

26%

74%

Waitress

$19,052

59%

41%

Server

$33,817

43%

57%

CHAIN OF COMMAND

Police Officer

$77,068

68%

32%

Police Sergeant

$7,541

59%

41%

Police Lieutenant

$3,585

50%

50%

Police Captain

$6,132

19%

81%

Police Chief

$3,148

84%

16%

Source: Huffington Post/FundRace.org: Presidential campaign donations Jan. 1, 2007-March 21, 2008. Numbers have been updated since a version of this chart appeared in print. Note that some of the totals combine common alternative spellings of a given profession (chauffer/chauffeur, businessman/business man, etc.).

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