Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The 'Squad', Trump's Tweet, and Healthcare Campaign Contributions


My last three posts have looked at healthcare campaign donations to freshman democratic members of congress, their ethnic/gender background, and support for medicare for all.  They showed that nonwhite members who support Medicare for All received far less in donations than non white freshman who did not and white freshmen who either did or did not support it. Four of the freshmen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, have received press for butting heads with Nancy Pelosi and being targeted by Donald Trump in a tweet where he said that they should go back to the "crime infested" countries from which they came.  All four support Medicare for All.








These four congresswomen were included in the data for the analysis.  You can see all of the donations that they received as compiled by Danielle Keeton Olsen at Tarbell here and in the images above.  The first three of the 'squad' were classified as nonwhite according to the US Government's affirmative definition of race/ethnicity in the analysis.  I determined the ethnicity of each freshman democrat based on their Wikipedia page.  The data is listed here.

Congresswoman Tlaib (D-MI) was classified as white by the affirmative action definition.  Whites or Caucasians are defined as "people having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa."  She was also the largest recipient of healthcare campaign dollars among the 'squad' at $172,665.  This is more than the other three squad members combined at $158,903.  This pattern is present in health professionals, hospitals, and pharma but not in HMOs where she received less ($5,019) than the other three combined ($12,841).  

Congreswoman Tlaib may see herself as nonwhite while most donors see her as white.  Her ethnic background in Palestinian who have been oppressed for decades by Israel in the middle east.  I personally see Italians as Latino even though no one else does.

**Related Posts**


No comments:

Post a Comment