Report: Liberal Student Orgs Get 20x More Funding Than Conservative Groups at UW-Madison
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the vast majority of money allocated to student organizations goes to left-leaning groups, according to Campus Reform.
The higher education watchdog reported that students paid more than $48 million in mandatory fees in 2017, with approximately $1.5 million of that going to student organizations. Left-leaning organizations received 95 percent of that funding, compared to just 4.5 percent for right-leaning groups.
That means each student paid an estimated $7.60 towards leftist causes, and just $0.36 towards conservative groups.
A university spokesman responded to the Campus Reform report, saying, "The elected student government, which is open to students of all political affiliations, is legally required to allocate fees in a viewpoint neutral manner. All registered student organizations have an equal opportunity to access these funds."
On "Fox & Friends" on Monday, University of Wisconsin-Madison student and Campus Reform correspondent Abby Streu said conservatives and libertarians on campus are "pretty sick" of left-wing organizations receiving a 20 to 1 funding advantage.
"I'm not necessarily shocked by their statement, I'm not necessarily shocked by the situation. You can basically assume that at a liberal campus -- especially one as liberal as UW-Madison -- that the school's going to allocate this money in a slightly biased manner," Streu said.
She said it's true that students of any political affiliation can run for student government and vote in elections, but the campus is overwhelmingly left-leaning, so it's difficult for conservatives to break through the "liberal echo chamber."
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