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Crowdpac, a nonpartisan firm dedicated to political data analysis, used federal campaign-contribution records dating to 1980 to estimate where various officials and donors fall on the political spectrum.
It scored individual donors as being more liberal or conservative based on which candidates they gave to.
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Crowdpac CEO and cofounder Steve Hilton told Business Insider this donation data "is the heart of the Crowdpac data model" because its "research shows that campaign contributions are the best predictor of how a candidate will behave in office."
Hilton explained that Crowdpac's main goal is to provide people "good objective, nonpartisan information about the candidates on their ballot in a simple form that they can understand."
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The company believes this will help "boost the number of small donors and reduce the influence of big money in politics."
As part of its analysis, Crowdpac is able to break down where various professions fall on the political spectrum. It provided that data to Business Insider.
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Here's a summary of its findings:
That basic summary shows the average ideology scores for each profession. But the "purple" professions that appear in the middle of the spectrum aren't really bipartisan. They're actually extremely polarized: Rather than having a large number of donors with middle of the road politics, they're largely split, with a big liberal group on one side and a similarly sized large conservative group on the other.
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These divides can be seen in the following charts, which were provided to Business Insider by Crowdpac and show the number of donors with each...
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