Richard Nadler in NRO


Within these groups, $20 of each $100 contributed has shifted from Republicans to Democrats. In general, the shift has occurred within the past four years, following the overwhelming repudiation of comprehensive immigration reform by the House Republican Caucus.

To summarize: In both 1996 and 2004, Republicans enjoyed a 40-cent advantage for each dollar contributed to partisan federal elections among these industry groups. By 2008, that advantage had eroded by one-half: to 20-cents for each dollar contributed.

It is not my intention to present this chart as “proof” of the impact of immigation on the eroding alliance between business and conservatives. Stronger proof exists elsewhere: in the direct statements of the industry groups, in the observations of G.O.P. officials, and in election results in districts in which these industries play a key role. But this chart records a fact: Republican financial support has declined abruptly among those industry groups that support comprehensive immigration reform.

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