The Politics of the NPR Boards
The data behind “Public Radio's Political Sympathies.”


Jonathan Kutchins: The president and CEO of the Exeter Group, he has given limited amounts exclusively to Democrats. This year, he donated $2,300 to Democrat Mike Capuano for Congress.

Nancy Sanders: She is an arts philanthropist who, according to Facebook, is a fan of Planned Parenthood and Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.

Yvette Dubinsky: A St. Louis–based benefactress of the arts, she has given $8,200, exclusively to Democrats, since 2000.

Norman Portenoy: Not available.

Dean V. Ambrose: He has donated exclusively to Democrats, liberal PACs, and the Democratic Congressional Committee — $8,650 in total.

Dr. Peter D. Swift: Since 2000, he has given $11,000 to federal campaigns, exclusively to Democrats and PACs such as “Democracy for America.” In the 1990s, he gavesubstantially to People for the American Way and to Bill Bradley for President. With his wife, he has donated to the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Murray Sinclaire: Not available.

John Herrmann, Jr.: This financier has donated $9,300 so far this year — every penny to Democrats Chuck Schumer, Carolyn Maloney, and Chris Murphy. Since 2000, he has made $68,200 in federal donations — every penny to Democrats except for a $500 donation to Rudy Giuliani in 2008.

Annie Callaway Davis: Before taking over as the vice president for development at NPR, she was director of corporate and foundation relations at the Brookings Institution, a liberal think-tank.

James Grant: Not available.

Eugene Rotberg: This accomplished financier is a former World Bank treasurer. Since 2000, he has donated $9,300, exclusively to Democratic candidates and PACs.

James Elder: The vice president of finance and administration, CFO, and Treasurer at NPR, Elder is, according to, a Democrat.

Jane Peyrouse: The vice president at Wellington Management, Peyrouse was previously a chairperson of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Forum, and is a “Past Finance Chair of Committee to Elect Suzanne Bremer Mayor” (a progressive Democrat).

Roselyne Swig: She once worked for AIPAC, and is now a major Democratic donor. In 2010 alone she has mademore than 40 separate political donations, over $93,000 total, with only one donation ($1,000) going to a Republican. She donated over $100,000 to Democrats and pro-abortion-rights groups in both 2008 and 2006 each. Since 2000, she has donated almost $500,000 to federal elections, almost all to Democrats.

Stephen Hopkins: The former Citigroup hotshot donated $1,000 to Friends of Chris Dodd in 2004, and then $1,000 to National Leadership (a Democratic PAC affiliated with Charlie Rangel) in 2006.

Anne Mai: A self-described “marketing strategist, columnist, and community activist,” Mai has written opinion pieces for the Huffington Post including “Why the Insured Should Support Health Care Reform.”

Carolyn Swartz Bucksbaum: This Grinnell College trustee has served on the boards of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the League of Women Voters, and the Des Moines Register. Since 2004, she has donated $5,600 — every penny to Democratic candidates and EMILY’s list.