Greetings fine American Yogis with the self-empowered right to vote! Did you know it’s an election year? What were you planning to do with that $20 in your pocket? Buy a chai and acai berry bowl? We have another idea. – Obama Campaign Management
If you’re like us and have been receiving incessant emails from President Obama et al relentlessly asking for donations because Republican candidate Mitt Romney has a Scrooge McDuck sized pile of moolah he can choose to either swim in or use for campaign ads (he’s chosen the latter, mostly) then you’re probably well aware of the 2012 presidential race and coincidental fundraising.
According to The Daily Beast, if you’re a yoga teacher you may have even donated some of your hard earned, yet modest income. Through filings from the Federal Election Commission, which lists individual donors’ contributions to the candidates for this election so far, TDB sorted through the data to get an idea of which side certain professions leaned. Guess where yoga teachers stood?
Yoga teachers, rabbis, and firefighters love Obama. Homemakers, farmers, and entrepreneurs love Romney.
Our findings support what is widely known: Obama’s been trying to attract small donations from a wide swath of supporters, while Romney’s concentrated on relatively larger donations from a smaller pool of people. Obama’s camp now counts more than 1.25 million donations from individuals, with an average donation of $210; Romney’s now up to 248,000 donations from individuals, with an average donation of $670. Romney’s tactic appears to be working—Republicans currently have $62 million more in cash than Obama and the Democrats.
Yoga teachers love Ommbama! No, most are not filthy rich. No, the president has not signed anything called the Yoga Act. But, judging by these stats and the growing amount of yoga teachers, a little public display of downdog here and there might not hurt. Michelle knows what’s up.
Side note: In an earlier YD Poll, when asked Should Yoga Mix With Politics?, 55% answered “yes, what I practice on the mat should be practiced off the mat, including politics,” while 27% said “no, bakasana and politics are two different animals.” 9% said it depends 6% said they didn’t care.
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