Who is Who – Political Leanings – in Silicon Valley

  • Marissa Mayer. The Yahoo CEO is as reliably Democratic as they come.
  • Sergey Brin Mayer’s onetime boss, Google co-founder … donations to the DNC and the Obama campaign make it clear which of the two parties he likes better.
  • Reid Hoffman … LinkedIn co-founder and current VC gave $1 million to Priorities USA Action, an Obama-supporting super-PAC, in 2012… he’s a down-the-line liberal.
  • Mark Zuckerberg… palled around with President Obama during the last campaign cycle, and his No. 2 at Facebook, COO Sheryl Sandberg, is a longtime Democratic donor…
  • Sean Parker …first chairman of Facebook is also a Democratic donor …
  • Peter Thiel … [PayPal co-founders] … is the libertarian godfather of Silicon Valley…
  • Jeff Bezos … Amazon’s founder … described … as a libertarian in a March 2012 profile…
  • Marc Andreessen… well-known venture capitalist shocked everyone by supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 after a lifetime of backing Democrats… he says, “I turned 40 last year and so I figured it was time to make the switch“… [“If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty, you have no brain” ― Winston Churchill]
  • Meg Whitman … HP… cut a six-figure check to a Romney-supporting super-PAC…
    Silicon Valley is still a liberal stronghold, and the employees of large tech companies tend to support Democrats by a tremendous margin. (Apple employees, for example, gave 91 percent of their campaign contributions last cycle to President Obama.) …
    ~The Political Leanings of Silicon Valley By Kevin Roose.

    See also:
    ~Google vs. Evil
    ~Silicon Oligarchs’ Double Standard
    ~San Francisco as a Capital of the “Left Coast” of America
    ~Silicon Valley hiring practices gets class action status

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