Sikh Political Engagement Surges In Presidential Elections

March 1, 2008

Author: Anju Kaur

Source: Sikh News Network

Sikhs have doubled their political activity in presidential races over the last election and their longtime affinity for Republicans seems to have been broken by hard work on the part of Hillary Clinton and the message of change of Barack Obama.

According to data from the Federal Election Commission, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., led in Sikh contributions, receiving almost $248,000 through Jan. 31. That’s more than half of the total $412,000 from 241 donors.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was next with about $64,000. And among Republicans, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson led with $24,400.