Does tech lean left or right?

We've all heard the term "liberal media". But what about the tech industry? Does it lean more left or more right?
Written by David Gewirtz, Senior Contributing Editor

We've all heard the term "liberal media" (which may or may not be true, especially given the rise and reach of Fox News). But what about the tech industry? Does it lean more left or more right?

A recent study by the Center for Responsive Politics tabulated political contributions from political action committees and individual employees (companies were prohibited from contributing to campaigns).

In the 2007-2008 election period, Barack Obama's top tech contributors included:

  • Microsoft Corp: $833,617
  • Google: $803,436
  • IBM: $528,822
  • General Electric: $499,130

Yes, I know GE isn't strictly a tech company in the same league as Google or Microsoft (and GE also has a substantial banking arm), but we'll include it here for completeness.

In the same 2007-2008 election period, John McCain's top tech contributors included:

  • AT&T: $201,438

Yep, that's it. AT&T. Ma Bell liked McCain. Microsoft, Google, and IBM liked Obama.

But that doesn't tell the full story. According to OpenSecrets.org long-term contribution tends for Computers and Internet contributions to the Republicans outweighed contributions to Democrats by a small percentage during the waning years of the Clinton presidency. Contributions to the Democrats outweighed contributions to the Republicans by a small percentage during the Bush presidency.

But since 2008, contributions from the tech industry to Democrats have been almost double contributions to Republicans.

So, at least as far as big donors are concerned, tech does seem to lean left. At least for now.

What do you think? Does tech lean left in your experience?

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