IT Workers Back Democrats

The nation's largest tech firms are dishing out the dollars for their presidential hopefuls.

In an eWEEK analysis of individual political contributors at the nations largest technology and telecom companies, tech workers are overwhelmingly betting their presidential dollars on the Democrats.

More than 70 percent of the $929,829 contributed by the companies employees to presidential candidates through the first three quarters of 2007 went to Democrats. Of the 23 companies surveyed, only two—Dell and Qualcomm—contributed more money to Republicans than to Democrats.


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Google workers led the list of total contributions, with $114,020 spread across four Democrats and three Republicans. Barack Obama is the top choice at the Googleplex. Top pick among Republican Googlies: Ron Paul, with almost $15,000.

IBM and Microsoft closely follow Google in contributions. Obama is the favorite at IBM, while Republicans favored by IBM workers include John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Paul.

Even among the telecoms, which have traditionally backed Republicans, tech workers are voting Democratic with their wallets. Of the more than $210,000 donated by AT&T, Verizon and Qwest employees, $128,529 went to Democrats.


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