Public Eye: Donations To UC Davis Climb Despite Pepper-Spraying Incident

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The infamous pepper-spray incident at UC Davis in November brought a lot of negative attention to the campus.

But it didn't hurt fundraising – at least not yet.

Alumni and businesses gave $19.3 million to the Campaign for UC Davis during December, up 15 percent from the previous month and 30 percent from December 2010, according to a Bee review of university records.

The campaign is a multi-year effort to raise $1 billion from at least 100,000 donors. December was one of the best months on record for the campaign, which started in 2006.

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