Techies back Democrats in Presidential race

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Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders received bulk of contributions from individuals who identified themselves as working for tech companies.

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It will be many months before presidential candidates face their respective conventions, but for the time being the Democrats are winning the wallets of technology workers.

Finance reform bars corporations from directly funding campaigns, but that doesn’t stop individuals from backing candidates of their choice. And according to Network World’s analysis of candidates’ most recent filings to the Federal Elections Commission, those technology workers donated far more to Democratic presidential candidates than did their Republican counterparts since the inception of each candidate’s campaign. The two frontrunning Democrats outpaced the three Republicans examined: $393,444 to $36,588. Network World reviewed the campaign finance reports of the two candidates from each party who are currently leading the polls and also included former HP chief Carly Fiorina.

The FEC breaks out contributions to each presidential campaign by individual name as well as company that person works for, and Network World went through the list to pick out those from technology companies. The interactive chart below shows a full list of the technology companies. Hillary Clinton led the pack with $289,241 in contributions from this slice of donors, while fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders brought in $104,203.

In contrast, the two leading candidates in the Republican race combined did not even reach $25,000. Ben Carson leads the Republicans with $17,622 in contributions while Donald Trump has only received $5,746. Fiorina received more than twice as much as Trump, with $13,220 in donations. Her former company’s employees, however, did not show her much love by giving her only $1,877 compared to Sanders' more than $36,000 (see a breakdown by leading tech companies).

Clinton has collected from fewer people identified as tech company workers than did Sanders, but still outpaces him in overall funding from this collection of donors. Sanders’ grass-roots efforts have attracted donations from employees at 48 tech companies while Clinton is not far behind with 43. The two Democrats found common contributors from companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Red Hat, Salesforce, T-Mobile, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo.

Clinton's biggest donors were employees from Dropbox with a total of $81,000. Google employees also were generous toward Clinton at more than $47,000.

The three Republican candidates reviewed received funds from a total of 46 companies.

Contributions reviewed for this article showed that Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Oracle employees supported all five candidates. Employees from Apple, HP and IBM supported four of the five candidates. The one candidate left out: Trump.

Dollars for Democrats

Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton 
Adobe $985 AMAZON $2,417
Akamai $259 ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ $2,700
Alcatel-Lucent $500 AOL $12,100
Amazon $8,184 APPDYNAMICS $2,700
AMD $250 APPLE $27,490
Apple Computer $6,207 APPNEXUS $4,700
Arbor Networks $751 ASG $1,000
Axis Technology $50 AVG TECHNOLOGIES $100
APPDYNAMICS $300 BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION $3,200
APPNETA $!50 BMC SOFTWARE $100
ARBOR NETWORKS $250 CISCO $4,175
AT&T $50 CLEARVIEW NETWORKS $2,700
AXIS TECHNOLOGY $2,397 CLOUDERA $500
BROADCOM $300 DELL $3,230
CASCADIA SOFTWARE $632 DROPBOX $81,000
CISCO $350 EMC $2,078
CITRIX $3,601 FIREEYE $8,100
COMMVAULT $250 GATES FOUNDATION $1,750
COMPUTER ASSOCIATES $711 GODADDY $2,942
DELL $35 GOOGLE $47,571
F5 NETWORKS $3,933 HOOTSUITE $2,700
FACEBOOK $1,224 HP $9,026
FORTINET $3,241 IBM $9,863
Google $250 ICANN $421
HEWLETT PACKARD $36,849 JUNIPER $1,000
IBM $1,321 KICKSTARTER $130
INTEL $8,120 MICROSOFT $12,196
MICROSOFT $3,814 NETAPP $1,226
MOZILLA $8,619 NETSUITE $2,700
NETAPP $271 ORACLE $6,315
NETSCOUT $1,805 PALO ALTO NETWORKS $300
ORACLE $250 QUALCOMM $8,950
PALO ALTO NETWORKS $1,513 RED HAT $3,200
PROOFPOINT $250 RUCKUS WIRLESS $2,700
PURE STORAGE $250 SALESFORCE $6,803
RACKSPACE $200 SAP $550
RALLY SOFTWARE $50 SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY $500
RED HAT $1,042 T-MOBILE $225
SALESFORCE $139 TWITTER $5,271
SAP $776 VERIZON $2,011
SYMANTEC $650 VMWARE $2,250
T-MOBILE $597 YAHOO $351
TERADATA $388 Total $289,241
TWITTER $250    
VERIZON $463    
VMWARE $1,644    
YAHOO $232    
Total $104,203    
Federal Elections Commission

Republicans campaign contributions

Donald Trump Carly Fiorina Ben Carson 
CISCO $250 AMAZON $2,700 A10 NETWORKS $250
CITRIX $250 APPLE $25 AMAZON $989
DELL $294 AT&T $925 AMD $1,000
MICROSOFT $200 CISCO $925 APACHE CORPORATION $20
ORACLE $250 DELL $300 APPLE $100
PCS SOFTWARE $2,700 HP $1,877 AT&T $1,396
QUALCOMM TECHNOLOGIES $500 IBM $1,950 BROADCOM $25
SAMSUNG $52 INTEL $300 BROCADE $250
SECURITAS $250 MICROSOFT $1,650 CISCO $1,490
UNIVERSAL TECHNOLOGIES $1,000 NETSUITE $600 DELL $1,100
Total $5,746 ORACLE $343 EMC $3,700
    RSA SECURITY $125 FACEBOOK $250
    SYMANTEC $1,000 HP $100
    VERIZON $500 IBM $2,250
    Total $13,220 INTEL $550
        LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS $900
        LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES $80
        MICROSOFT $580
        NETAPP $725
        ORACLE $1,087
        PROOFPOINT $575
        SPRINT $205
        Total $17,622
Federal Elections Commission

This story, "Techies back Democrats in Presidential race" was originally published by Network World.

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