"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
[Media Source*] This just in via Alpha Patriot, it seems that many employees of Google prefer the Democratic Party over the Republicans:
Google employees gave $207,650 to federal candidates for last year's elections, up from just $250 in 2000 when it was still a start-up. And 98% went to Democrats, the biggest share among top tech donors, a new USA TODAY campaign finance analysis shows.
Although this shouldn't surprise many people, especially if one would note that Google does reside in California which generally is not republican friendly territory (unless you are the Governator of course) it does cause some concern since many people within Google are now millionaires, and could contribute on a much larger scale (although Republicans generally rely upon many smaller donations so the party of the middle class won't change much). More below.
When looking at other companies (and the industry as a whole), the political viewpoint tends to balance out more:
At No. 1 Microsoft, workers and its political action committee gave $3.1 million last year; 60% to Democrats. Overall, 53% of the industry's $25.9 million went to Democrats, says the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance.
Republicans don't seem too much worried about it though:
Republicans note they got nearly 50% of the industry's support last year. "We're working to expand on that success," says Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.
Although Google is practically a Democratic Zone, efforts to appeal towards them probably will not pay off. With the leadership favoring the Democratic party (Eric Schmidt donated $25,000 in donations) courting the company in any way might be fatal as one only has to check out the Orkut Media site to understand. Although I will continue to use Google's tools, hopefully they will not broadcast their political preference (or any hatred of the right) through their mediums. Selah.
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