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Weekend Reads Trump vs. Biden: For whom Silicon Valley donates

13:30  28 october  2020
13:30  28 october  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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Employees at the six largest Silicon Valley tech firms have donated nearly million to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden while giving 9,000 Microsoft is the next-biggest Biden donor with 3,318 and ,428 for Trump . Oracle made the smallest donations to the two men — with 4

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The employees of the six largest companies in Silicon Valley donate significantly more in the US presidential election than in 2016. 95 percent of all donations go to Trump's challenger Joe Biden.

Wenn es nach den Beschäftigten im Silicon Valley ginge, wäre der Ausgang der Präsidentschaftswahl klar. © John Dory / Shutterstock If it were up to the employees in Silicon Valley, the outcome of the presidential election would be clear.

Silicon Valley traditionally has a reputation for giving little space to conservative ideas. US President Trump and leading Republicans have complained about this over and over again in recent years.

95 percent of the donations go to Biden

A current analysis by the US magazine Wired shows how clear the rejection of the positions of the Republicans under Trump really is. The summary comes to the conclusion that around 95 percent of all donations from employees of the six largest tech companies in the Valley go to the democratic challenger. However, there are clear differences in the details.

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Wired evaluated the donation data reported to the US election commission and took a closer look at the companies Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Oracle. The US Electoral Commission has this data because individuals must identify their employer for donations of $ 200 or more.

After that, the employees of the companies mentioned donated around 4.8 million dollars to the Biden campaign. They supported Trump with only around $ 240,000. In particular, the employees of the Google Group, which has been operating under the Alphabet for some time, are particularly Biden-affine. They donated 1.8 million dollars from January 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, more than a third of the total amount in Silicon Valley.

If we look not only at the donations from the employees, but also at the entire environment of the so-called PAC of the companies, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Apple

are five of the seven largest supporters of the Biden campaign.

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This is how donations from tech workers are distributed among applicants. (Source: Wired)

The term PAC stands for Political Action Committee and refers to a commission attached to an organization that endeavors to safeguard its political interests, among other things by providing financial support for certain candidates. Donating organizations directly is not allowed in the US. The US Electoral Commission counts donations from the community of a specific PAC from members, owners, employees, and first-degree family members of those individuals.

The greatest support for the Trump camp comes from Microsoft. After all, the workers donated around $ 75,000 to the Republican incumbent. Here, too, Biden received around $ 910,000 more than ten times as much.

There is still a clear difference with Oracle. It is less blatant though. Around $ 50,000 went to Trump, around four times as much went to Biden.

Silicon Valley traditionally rather democratic

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Silicon Valley's support for democratic candidates has a long tradition and did not just emerge during the 2020 election campaign. However, the total volume of donations has increased significantly this year.

Joe Biden has received around twice as much donations from the six tech giants as his predecessor Hilary Clinton. And the much scolded Donald Trump is taking in more than four times as many donations this year than in 2016.

The 2020 election campaign attracts significantly higher donations. (Source: Wired)

Tech giants think liberally and globally

There is a lot at stake for the tech giants. The US Congress has launched various competition investigations, in particular (but not only) Google is the focus of investigators. This could lead to regulatory interventions that could even lead to the break-up of individual groups. In addition, US President Trump had announced that he would cash in a law that exempt platform operators from responsibility for the content that users post on these platforms. That would be a big blow to social networks.

Likewise, many employees in Silicon Valley have a migration background and therefore do not see themselves represented by Trump's repressive politics. Even the tough line that the current US government is taking against China does not please the tech giants operating on a global scale.

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