30 Aug '12, 5pm

Tech Industry Money in U.S. Elections: With tech industry stakes low, so are campaign contributions

Tech Industry Money in U.S. Elections: With tech industry stakes low, so are campaign contributions

Contributions to U.S. Election Campaigns Source: Center for Responsive Politics. The partial 2012 amounts are based on figures reported 9 July by the Federal Elections Commission Click on image for a larger view. Click on image for a larger view. When it comes to funding political campaigns, the technology industry maintains a pretty low profile. In fact, figures from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) show the industry is spending about the same amount as in previous presidential election years [see chart, “Contributions to U.S. Election Campaigns”]. That’s despite overall campaign spending that’s set to beat 2008’s record by US $400 million.
 As of the end of July, numbers tallied by the CRP showed that contributors from the electronics and communications category (which includes computer and Internet companies) had spent $94 million. Following historical giving pa...

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