The sequester has made times tough for UNC’s research budget and the university can’t make political contributions — but its employees sure can (albeit without “explicit connection”)!
From the Daily Tar Heel’s “UNC-system lobbyists fight to preserve federal research money“:
…In the last few years, UNC-system lobbyists have spent significant time advocating for legislation on cancer research, veterans affairs and even a 2011 bill to save great apes.
The UNC system, unlike most lobbying operations, legally cannot donate money to those it lobbies. Ballou said this puts the system in a special role.
“Higher education is all too often an afterthought when legislation is drafted,” he said. “We view ourselves as primarily advocates and educators.”
While the system as a whole cannot contribute money, individual system employees often donate on the federal level, with no explicit connections to universities.
According to campaign finance data, UNC-CH employees and their families donated more than $80,000 to President Barack Obama’s campaign and more than $15,000 to that of U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., in 2011-12….