Posted on February 8, 2011
On the other hand, Koreans contributed $2,945,752 to the House candidates in 2007-2010, and the politician that received the largest sum was Rep. Mike Honda, with $139,154.
Korean-Americans have continuously donated about 1 million dollars annually. With this amount of money, it should be possible to reach 100 House representatives with $10,000 each. However, there are not many pro-Korean representatives.
Koreans in the US are the minority of minorities. Now is the time for the Korean communities to form ‘Political Action Committees’ to utilize limited funds strategically with objectives in mind. Through this, methods to increase cooperation with politicians and contribute to the Korea-US relations must be thought out.
In order to research Korean Americans’ political contributions, KAVC created a project involving 20 interns and 10 volunteer students from July to December 2010. Through this project, the importance of strategically applying resources to increase Korean involvement in politics was emphasized and an effort to collect and analyze more data for these activities is in place.