Blackbaud has released a report that studies the 2012 election cycle and analyzes the relationship between charitable giving and political giving, charitable giving actually increases in election years.
"The political wrestling matches on cable news and races to the polls might prove to be of benefit to the charitable sector. A collection of 2012 giving data suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, political contributions do not siphon away dollars from charities.
"In fact. political donors increased their charitable giving by 0.9 percent from 2011 to 2012, while non-political donors decreased their charitable donations by 2.1 percent."--Andy Segedin, The Nonprofit Times