01/02/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For-Profit Colleges Curry Favor With Candidates For State Offices

For-profit colleges may be rooting for Republicans to take over Congress in the midterm elections, but at the state level, they are largely supporting the status quo by contributing to the campaigns of powerful incumbents or likely winners who will be around after the dust settles on Tuesday's voting.

Among for-profit colleges, the Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, has been the most generous to state candidates, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a nonprofit organization that tracks state-level campaign contributions. The Phoenix-based company, along with a few of its key employees, has poured nearly $350,000 into state campaigns during the current election cycle, with roughly two-thirds of that amount going to campaigns in Arizona and California.

Read more on The Chronicle of Higher Education

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