Friday, March 28, 2008

Liberal / Conversative Charity Gap: Austin Mention

George Will had an article yesterday about differences in charitable donation rates between liberal-heavy regions and conservative-heavy regions. He used our very own Austin as the main thread in his story. I'm not sure if it is because it is a liberal island in a sea of red, or if he just happened to have some quotes and data for it specifically. I'm sure you can guess which side gives more (or maybe you can't?), but here is an Austin-specific snippet:

Reviewing Brooks' book in the Texas Review of Law & Politics, Justice Willett notes that Austin -- it voted 56 percent for Kerry while he was getting just 38 percent statewide -- is ranked by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as 48th out of America's 50 largest cities in per capita charitable giving.

There is a lot more in the article, expanding this to talk about patterns seen nationwide.

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