Study finds Dems pay minorities less than white counterparts

posted at 5:21 pm on August 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Earlier this year, the press was shocked to learn that President Barack Obama’s rhetorical opposition to divisive gender-based discrimination in the workplace was not matched by his administration’s actions. After months of pushing the misleading and inaccurate statistic that women are paid just 70 cents for every dollar a man makes in similar occupations, the political media learned that the same calculation implicates the White House in that very same discrimination.

As recently as July, reporters noted that the administration has been slow to correct their own pay discrimination problem.

“The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent,” The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb reported. “In 2009, male employees made an average of about $82,000, compared to an average of $72,700 earned by female employees — also a 13 percent wage gap.”

The scales continue to fall from reporters’ eyes.

On Monday, the press discovered that Democrats do not exactly practice what they preach when it comes to income disparities supposedly based on racial discrimination. A thorough study conducted by the New Organizing Institute revealed that minority campaign staffers on Democratic payrolls routinely make less than their white counterparts.

“For example, African-American staffers on Democratic campaigns were paid 70 cents for each dollar their white counterparts made,” The Daily Beast’s Tim Mak reported. “For Hispanic staffers in Democratic campaigns, the figure was 68 cents on the dollar.”

And a recent study by PowerPAC+, funded by a major Democratic donor, revealed that less than 2 percent of spending by Democratic campaign committees during the past two election cycles went to firms owned by minorities.

Mak spoke with a number of minority political professionals, many of whom said that their path to success was to avoid being labeled early in their careers a minority outreach specialist.

Mak notes that the NOI study suffers from the same flaws as do the statistics regarding gender-based income disparities – namely, that the data-driven conclusions do not take into account individual circumstances which impact rates of compensation.

“One of the explanations for lower minority wages could be that they tend to be represented in lower-paying campaign roles,” Mak reported. Moreover, limiting minority campaign staffers to a minority outreach role often limits a staffer’s utility and, thus, reduces their rates of compensation.

Democratic political professionals are, however, much more prolific employers of minority campaign professionals. “Republican campaigns have more pronounced disparities both in gender and racial/ethnic representation among campaign staff,” NOI revealed. “54.2% of all staff on Republican federal-level campaigns are white men, compared to 32.4% on Democratic races.”

“Interestingly, although the proportions of staff are more skewed towards white men on Republican campaigns, the income disparities are more pronounced on Democratic campaigns,” NOI’s release revealed.

Interesting, indeed. If by “interesting,” they really mean “hopelessly hypocritical.”

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libfreeanddie, please pick up the white courtesy phone…

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Actually Obama’s azz is a pretty safe place to be.

Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Why play the race card?

libfreeordie on May 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Of course – because the Dems are all about projection and hypocrisy.

dentarthurdent on August 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Dims: Do as we say, not as we do.

cat_owner on August 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

The Dim’s war on truth. The ONLY war they’re committed to actually winning.

Meople on August 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM


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Schadenfreude on August 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Sure, but it’s not their fault because they didn’t originally come up with it. They only used it under their name, and that’s okay because it was someone else who thought it up.

rogerb on August 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Girl, bye.

slickwillie2001 on August 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I believe the appropriate phrase here is, “Yes, Massa”.

formwiz on August 11, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Well, that sure doesn’t fit the narrative.

supernova on August 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

No big surprise here.
The Dems were the slave owners,
the Dems fought to keep slavery,
the Dems created the KKK,
the Dems were the segregationists,
the Dems created the Jim Crow laws,
and the Dems created the new government welfare plantation.

Why should we be surprised the Dems would pay minorities, and women less?

dentarthurdent on August 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

call me cynical, but doesn’t it seem that if Democrats are accusing others of something untoward you can pretty much bet they’re guilty of that same untoward activity?

“War on women.” Democrats pay female employees less, even in the White House staff and administration.

“Everyone who disagrees with us, no matter how mildly, is guilty of racism.” Democrats pay minority employees less than their white counterparts.

“That GOP President is imperialistic, legislating from his desk and trying to rule the country by his will alone.” Democrat President Obama brags about ” bypassing congress” and says “I’ve got a pen and a phone.” and acts without benefit of congress issuing Executive Orders when and where he pleases.


thatsafactjack on August 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Democratic political professionals are, however, much more prolific employers of minority campaign professionals. “

Well, that makes sense, it’s cheaper labor…

That is why unions are a looser…

Not only do the dems pay less, they profiteer, take advantage by hiring more labor at a cheaper rate.

They do everything, and more, that they accuse Republican’s do.

The Republican’s would hire more, but they decided to pay their staff better wages…

HAHAHAHAHA!! Even when they try to criticize it comes up short.

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Gee, project much, Democrats? Everything they accuse Republicans of allegedly doing, they are doing in spades (pardon me) while it can be proved that the Republicans like McCain and Romney were paying a much more equitable rate to their employees.

When are the women and minorities going to wake up?

DimsdalePiranha on August 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

The scales continue to fall from reporters’ eyes.

Wow, ok Noah, you are officially stupider than a 5 gallon bucket of used camel snot. The only question now is, who did you blow to get a writing gig at Hot Air. You weren’t hired because you are a conservative, because you can write or for your intelligence.

The scales are not continuing to fall from any reporters eyes, because their have never been any scales on their eyes. They are and have been knowingly willfully and intentionally lying to the
American people right from the very start. What you call scales falling, is in fact nothing less than the sweeping up of broken pottery from the stage as they prepare for the next scene of the play to begin.

When fools like you write garbage like this on blogs like Hot Air what you are doing is providing cover, helping to conceal, as it were the true nature of the mainstream media. Yes, it is a conspiracy, and Hot Air is participating in it.

Under what name Noah, is your Gamechanger Salon account, don’t worry, you can tell us, Ed won’t mind, his user name is Dr Evil…

oscarwilde on August 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

color me shock.

ESL student coolrepublica on August 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Dolce Far Niente on August 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Oh boy, can’t wait for the NAACP and NOW to start bashing Obama and the Dems. Any second now. Yessiree, any second now….

307wolverine on August 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM


Oxymoron on August 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Holding Fascist-Democrats to the same standard they hold the rest of us to is racist.

rbj on August 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Racists, straight up.

ToddPA on August 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Study finds Dems pay minorities less than white counterparts

They always knew how to keep black folk in their proper place…they really are masters of all things racial.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

The fact Republicans hire less minorities should not surprise anyone. Is not the media obsessed with the fact minorities are overwhelmingly Democratic? What is surprising is that if the difference in compensation on the Republican side is smaller it means either Republicans are cheap skates with all or they value the contribution of minorities that much more. That is news that few seem to be acknowledging.

ojfltx on August 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

oscarwilde on August 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

LOL! Hey, don’t sugarcoat it, tell us how you really feel.

PS – you’re absolutely right.

battalion on August 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

libfreeanddie, please pick up the white courtesy phone…

Del Dolemonte on August 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Thread winner with the first post….

SubmarineDoc on August 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Push comes to shove, even the most flaming liberal will not want to pay some ugly toad spawn of a welfare queen the same as someone who doesn’t look and act like a rejected character from a Fat Albert episode.

LawfulGood on August 12, 2014 at 3:19 AM