Wired says tech giants are far more likely to support U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden than Trump. Since 2019, Employees of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Oracle have donated $478,7752 to the Biden campaign and $239,527 to the Trump campaign, the sources said.
That figure comes from the Federal Election Commission. Under the law, people who donate more than $200 (inclusive) to a presidential election campaign are required to register as employers. The figures reflect donations of less than 5,300 people, and the six technology companies employ about 1.4 million people, the sources said. The data does not include contributions under $200.
Of the six companies mentioned above, the largest contributions to the Biden campaign were from Alphabet employees, at $1.8 million, and the smallest contributions were from Oracle employees, at $204,208. Only 20 percent of Oracle employee donations go to the Trump campaign; Microsoft employees donated the most to the Trump campaign, at $75,428.
Some tech giants’ leadership supports Mr. Trump, such as Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and chairman, but many ordinary employees have long preferred left-leaning presidential candidates.
In the 2016 election, Silicon Valley tech giants largely backed Mrs. Clinton. Many company employees have even protested against the company’s “connection” with the Trump administration by obtaining government contracts.
With congress already in the eye, the tech giants are having a hard time, whether it’s Trump or Biden being elected as the new president. The consensus between Republicans and Democrats is that tech giants need to be regulated.
The U.S. House of Representatives released a report Tuesday saying Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have monopolies and need to be strictly regulated. House Republicans agree, but disagree on the idea of splitting up the tech giants.