Left-wing student groups at the University of Wisconsin-Madison eat up 95 percent of student fees allocated for political student groups, according to a Wednesday report.
University students paid $409,067.70 in mandatory fees to left-wing or diversity-themed groups and only $13,727 to right-wing ones for the 2017 fiscal year, reported Campus Reform. Each student contributed $10.68 towards left-wing or diversity-themed groups and $0.36 for conservative organizations.
The UW-Madison College Republicans group “stands firm in its stance that allocable student fees should be made optional,” said its chairman, Jake Lubenow. “[The fees] force students to fund organizations they may find morally reprehensible…compulsion is contrary to everything this country stands for.”
Sex Out Loud, a UW-Madison group that received $103,398 in student fees, has hosted a “pleasure program,” a “condom rose-making night,” and a “tool shed” initiative aimed at teaching students how to use sex toys.
Meanwhile, Latino group MEChA de UW Madison obtained $87,247.67 and hosts talks like “Men Are Trash” and “Living a Healthy Thot [Internet slang for ‘that ho over there’] Life.” MEChA chapters support illegal immigrant students and a Northwestern University chapter in Illinois shut down a talk featuring an Immigration and Customs Enforcement representative in 2017.
The students are not alone in their endeavor. Eliminating an obligation to pay fees for student activities originally comprised part of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2017 budget, though the Republican ultimately dropped the proposal.
“UW-Madison’s elected student government, which is open to students of all political affiliations, is legally required to allocate these fees in a viewpoint-neutral manner carefully following a variety of university and student government policies specifically designed to ensure viewpoint neutrality,” UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith Mcglone told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “All registered student organizations have an equal opportunity to access these funds – all they have to do is follow the viewpoint-neutral procedures for doing so.”
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