Professor Puts Money Where Mouth Is
NEWTON, MA — Parsing through a decade’s worth of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data, Eagleionline has determined that Professor Scott T. Fitzgibbon puts his money where his mouth is: since 2000, the embattled Boston College Law School contracts and family law professor has contributed over $60,000 to conservative candidates and causes throughout the country.
The recipients of Fitzgibbon’s contributions have consistently taken pro-life or anti-gay marriage positions. While the overwhelming majority of these recipients have been Republicans, Fitzgibbon has also donated to congressional Democrats who oppose abortion, including Rep. Steve Lynch of Massachusetts ($1,000) and Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine ($1,000).
In all, Fitzgibbon contributed between $300 and $2,300 to political candidates in at least 26 states, for a total of at least $62,100 since May of 2000.
Fitzgibbon’s nationwide political activity has attracted attention from the media in the past. In an article on November 1, 2002, the Fresno Bee asked Fitzgibbon why he contributed $1,000 to a Republican congressional candidate in a race in central California. According to the story, Fitzgibbon acknowledged that his contribution was prompted by information from the “National Right to Life Committee.”
Fitzgibbon further stated to the newspaper, “‘I donated to Monteith because of his commitment to the protection of unborn life.’” Available at 2002 WLNR 2008877.
Another newspaper story reveals that Fitzgibbon’s contributions followed the anti-gay marriage and abortion theme during the last presidential election. In a 2007 interview with the Belmont Citizen-Herald, Fitzgibbon, identified as a “Boston College professor of family marriage law,” stated that he donated $2,300 to Sen. Sam Brownback’s presidential campaign “‘because of his pro-life views and his position that a marriage is between one man and one woman.’”
In mid-September, Fitzgibbon sparked a cultural controversy at Boston College Law School when he appeared in a political advertisement in Maine opposing same-sex marriage. Students and faculty opined on free speech, tolerance, discrimination, mis-quotations, and the use of the BC Law trademark.
Then, in early October, a 2008 student complaint against Fitzgibbon surfaced. The complaint called into question Professor’s Fitzgibbon’s impartiality in the classroom.