Techies Donate to Clinton in Droves. To Trump? Not So Much
Googlers love Clinton. In fact, the whole of Silicon Valley seems to. People who work at tech companies are among the top individual contributors to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, new data from the Federal Election Commission shows. In July, Google employees gave $174,000 to Clinton, and in the past three months donations from staffers at the search giant exceeded $282,000. In total, Clinton raised $31.2 million in July; Trump took in $19.6 million. FEC rules mandate that individuals can contribute up to $2,700 per election to a candidate, which means that at least 65 Google employees contributed to the Democratic nominee’s campaign in the month of July.
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Google isn’t the only big tech firm sending money to the Democrats. Clinton’s top donations in July came from Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Amazon. Beyond technology companies, the other institutions whose workers contributed the most to Clinton are the US government, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Centene Corporation (a healthcare company). Clinton also sees strong support from the entertainment industry: employees at Creative Artists Agency, the talent agency that represents top stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith, was Clinton’s top source of funding in the month of May; CAA staffers have given the former Secretary of State more than $100,000 in the past 3 months.
As the charts above show, Trump’s top individual donors work at very different kinds of companies. The companies whose employees sent the Republican nominee the most cash include Delaney Development, a real estate company, and Morgan Stanley, the financial services firm, a manufacturer of commercial diving equipment in Vista, California, and a grower of garlic in Gilroy, California. Microsoft staffers did send Trump $4,400, making it his top source for individual contributions from a technology company (but Microsoft staff sent 10 times that amount to Clinton.) Googlers gave Trump’s campaign just $250, while they sent $2,725 to Libertarian party nominee Gary Johnson and $3,546 to Green party candidate Jill Stein.
Employees of Condé Nast, the company that publishes WIRED, gave $2,331 to Clinton in July; there were no staff donations to Trump. Numbers for August will be available some time after September 20, at which point we’ll update.