Silicon Valley donated 60 times more to Clinton than to Trump

“For every $1 that employees at the world’s biggest technology companies donated to Donald Trump, they gave $60 to Hillary Clinton,” Ari Levy reports for CNBC. “People who work at Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon sent a total of $3 million to the Democratic presidential nominee ahead of the 2016 election on Tuesday, compared with just over $50,000 to her Republican challenger, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

“Said differently, as of October 19, Clinton attracted 97 percent of big tech money, with the remaining 3 percent split between Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein,” Levy reports. “‘Ninety-seven percent support of Clinton is mindblowing and really suggests that we’re pounding the table,’ said Kate Mitchell, a partner at venture firm Scale Venture Partners in Foster City, California. ‘We think her business policies are going to be friendlier.'”

“As part of his plan to return jobs to the U.S. and eliminate trade subsidies to countries like China, Trump has on multiple occasions said that he’d demand Apple start manufacturing iPhones domestically,” Levy reports. “He has slammed Amazon for allegedly not paying its fair share of taxes, and attacked CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, for what he called the use of the newspaper as a ‘tool for political power.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Blessedly, the race for 2016 is almost over! (Even as the race for 2020 has already begun.)

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88 Comments

    1. What I don’t get is Silicon Valley needs new buyers from the whole population to continue their profits.

      Yet, the employment and wage rates in the US have been declining for over a decade.

      Disconnect!

        1. Thought you were a Trump supporter? Oh well glad you finally see Trump as the pedophile he is. Sadly that’s #4 on his worst qualities – #1 Liar, #2 Crappy Business man, #3 – Racist

          1. To be fair, Hillary was initially a Republican, a Goldwater girl, so she is naturally racist. Her chef has confirmed that she has used n-word, and she openly used racial slur “super predators” that she was saying needed to be brought to “heel” while defending the racist criminal laws that put millions of black Americans to for-profit jails for non-violent crimes, in many cases bogus ones, with de-facto forced slavery labour. So I am not seeing that Hillary is much better in terms of racism. And she is a notorious liar, too. (And I am not defending Trump, though.)

      1. I can not express any firm opinion.

        From my estimation, Trump is better for the world peace due to his conservative policies, and Clinton is better for social relations inside of the USA.

        In either case it would be hard for me to say one way or another. Doctor Jill Stein would make my struggle to express opinions much easer, but she is blockaded by the oligarchic duopoly from the coverage, so most people never even heard of the Green party.

        1. The problem with the Green Party in the US is that it is working top down instead of building from the grass roots up. Rootless trees will not stand.

          In other countries Greens have held offices equivalent to Congressman, Governor, Mayor and Assemblyman. Over here they are trying to put a roof on a house with no foundation. Kind of like having a roast with everyone on the dais.

          If the Greens have been unable to organize themselves enough to get people elected to State and Federal offices after decades, how would they propose to run the Executive Branch of our Federal Government? Dr Stein would have to fill her cabinet with people from other parties which begs the question, why elect her inthe first place?

    1. Give it a rest, bot. Even your biased Faux news poll shows Clinton is ahead by 4 points. There will be a landslide, and you know exactly what pompous lying fact-free ass of a candidate will be shown the door. You can stop your delusional ramblings now.

    1. Silicon Valley guys are undeniably the smartest of the smartest. I know that hurts for you too hear. Too bad you couldn’t make the cut. And so very sad that you didn’t follow and invest in Apple until they became the obvious horse in the market. MDN is full of your type these days. Me? Long time progressive thinker who can retire young.

  1. For Silicon Valley and Apple’s Tim Cook, it’s all about H-1B visas and cheap labor – see below). Even though Cook agrees more with Republicans than Democrats on corporate taxation and other issues, he cuts off his nose to spite his face.

    Tim, it’d be cheaper to pay American workers a fair wage and get a sound corporate tax policy than it would be to continue importing cheap foreign labor on H-1B visas and be stuck with Democrats who love to overtax and tax the wrong things which stifles the economy overall (hurting the business of selling consumer goods, including electronics, by the way).

    American companies and their shareholders, in general, want skilled labor as CHEAPLY as possible. That’s a main reason why Tim Cook, Apple and other tech firms are not supporting Trump – they want unlimited H-1Bs, so they can pay Ajeet from India half what they’d have to pay Tom from Tulsa who can’t find a job after graduating from college and has to live in his parents basement because Apple got Ajeet from India to do it on the CHEAP.

    H1-B visas for skilled workers DO NOT EQUAL uneducated illegal aliens streaming across the southern border intent on cashing in on American taxpayer’s largesse while setting up shop in the domestic drug trade and/or other crimes (gangs, rape, robbery, etc.).

    Trump is for upholding the laws already on the books designed to protect our borders and our nation’s sovereignty.

    Donald Trump’s official policy:

    Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program’s lowest allowable wage level, and more than eighty percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.

    Requirement to hire American workers first. Too many visas, like the H-1B, have no such requirement. In the year 2015, with 92 million Americans outside the workforce and incomes collapsing, we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. Petitions for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office, not USCIS.

    End welfare abuse. Applicants for entry to the United States should be required to certify that they can pay for their own housing, healthcare and other needs before coming to the U.S.

    Jobs program for inner city youth. The J-1 visa jobs program for foreign youth will be terminated and replaced with a resume bank for inner city youth provided to all corporate subscribers to the J-1 visa program.

    Refugee program for American children. Increase standards for the admission of refugees and asylum-seekers to crack down on abuses. Use the monies saved on expensive refugee programs to help place American children without parents in safer homes and communities, and to improve community safety in high crime neighborhoods in the United States.

    Immigration moderation. Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers. This will help reverse women’s plummeting workplace participation rate, grow wages, and allow record immigration levels to subside to more moderate historical averages.

    1. I think many more people would vote for the candidate with that platform than for the current candidate Trump; what he says at rallies, and what is in his official policy are substantially different things. And the main problem for quite many undecided American voters is, which Trump are they voting for? The one they hear at rallies, in tweets, interviews on TV and other appearances, or the one represented by the official positions as outlined on his website (and drafted by his political advisers)?

      Because the Trump from that text above sounds like a proper, no-nonsense Republican; the one from TV sounds like an idiot.

  2. F14t16 and botty… when you get your ass kicked tomorrow, lose the senate, have 8 state legislature flip, and have your presidential candidate get only 39% of the vote will you finally admit that you’re wrong and the country isn’t with you? Will you also stop posting false right wing stories from fake news sites? And will you admit that your candidate is a Failed businessman, the most dishonest politician running this year (71% pants on fire according to politifact and every other fact checking service). Hillary btw is only at 27% (Bernie is 28% so that’s not too bad) And finally admit that your right wing bullshit isn’t what this country is?

      1. So when you get beat you’ll leave too right? Because by your logic the country wouldn’t be “your America”. I think we’ve discussed this before…

            1. August, it was that big long thread when we discussed failed business ventures…. I wish I could remember the exact article but I cannot.

            2. Of course he doesn’t remember. What do you expect from someone who supports Trump, the same Trump who said he never said climate change was a hoax despite tweeting that China was responsible for climate change hoax. These guys are a bunch of clowns

            3. I found it…. september2nd, 2016. Can you tell empower to post a screenshot? It was an article about Hillary Clinton using a G4 as a server… there was in fact a bet, and you said you would agree. You also called me a libtard in that discussion as well.

  3. It is ironic and quite funny that the right wing conservatives on this site bash the progressive liberals who Steve Jobs was also a part of. He was not a believer in the conservative “values” there people expose: the hatred of foreigners, religious intolerance, bigotry, etc. Steve Jobs himself was half Syrian, who wouldn’t be allowed in TrumpLand.

    Please get off your high horses, conservatives. Look at the top ten most educated states, the states with the highest GDPs, and you will find blue states. This country has become too polarized. If the country divided into two parts East coast and the west coast and the rest of the red states went on their own way) I guarantee the red states would end up being no better than third world countries within one to two generations. The intellectual, financial and technological centers of this country are in the blue states and those are the states keeping this country in its preeminent position in the world.

      1. Are you talking about Trump the sexual predator who on tape brags about assaulting women?
        Who has a court case in NYC in December about raping a 13 year old girl? Is that who you are calling a pedophile?
        Prove my above post incorrect; because you cannot
        Steve Jobs was in your eyes a “LIBTARD” and you waste your time posting on a website discussing the company he founded. Do you appreciate the delicious irony in that or are you too dense to comprehend that?

          1. Your answer proves my point. You can’t comprehend my post. Steve Johs is the antithesis of what Trump stands for. And you are here supporting him on a site dedicated to the company Steve Jobs founded.

            That’s called Irony. But I figured someone who supports trump and his ilk don’t understand logic

      2. Botty, we did in fact have a bet, September 2nd, 2016. Zoolanderm do you know how to post a screenshot on this website? I’d like to show him. I’m using the app in my iPad and it doesn’t give me an option

          1. Voice of reason on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm
            and if your guy loses will you leave?

            14 Votes
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            botvinnik✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:10 pm
            Yes, but I’ll take George Soros with me.

            11 Votes
            Reply
            Voice of reason on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm
            Thats fine with me, as long as we get to kick out charles and david koch

            15 Votes
            Voice of reason on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm
            I’m ok with that as long as you also take the Kochs and Ann Coulter

            12 Votes

            1. You weren’t being facetious during that entire conversation, we were poking at each other, but that’s a bet. Is that like trump saying he was being “sarcastic” when he said someone should exercise their second amendment rights against his opponent? You guys don’t really understand subtext…. or you use that as an excuse to get out of saying something you realize is stupid.

          2. There it is clownstick, I can’t seem to be able to find a way to upload a photo that I took of the screen, but that’s your comments in the thread.

            1. The simple fact that you would call me an idiot means that you have no understanding of the meaning of words, the value of education, diversity, or how much experience someone has. Putting your vote behind someone who has lied 89% of the time during this campaign, with 71% being “pants on fire” and burying yourself in right wing talking points, and obviously being afraid of strong women, exposes you for who you truly are. Someone who is afaraid to listen to anything that doesn’t already conform to your prexisiting world view whether it’s true or not, and so insecure that you’re afraid of a girl being the boss. Now, if this is just an online persona, then fine. But at this point anyone who can possibly in good conscience support that orange, racist, kkk endorsed, 13 year old raping, pussy grabbing, failed businessman (who was bailed out by his daddy 24 times), fraud (facing a criminal fraud case for trump university) of a man has some serious problems. You sir are the triglodite that we have been trying to drag with us into the future for decades and we are not going to fail now. So tomorrow, I beg you to reconsider your closed mindedness and put aside the 25 years of right wing nonsense you e obviously internalized…. vote for progress, and someone who won’t try to take away my right to be married to the man I love. If you can’t do that, and have even simple empathy, then there’s no help for you in the greater world. Goodnight sir, and god have mercy on your clouded soul.

              And, btw… when you get shellacked tomorrow? Just accept it, and move on. You’re gonna lose to a girl, and you’ll just have to deal with it. Then, god forbid in 8 years it might be a black girl!!! Whatever, will you do?!?!? Sleep tight as we move the United States forward once again, and you will be left being dragged with the rest of us.

            2. Btw, Angela Merkel has done a good job as chancellor of Germany. If she looked like a model would your opinion be different? If so, the you’re a mysogonistic idiot.

            3. By that logic the white trump supporter who murdered two cops in Iowa last week is barrack obamas fault. Amazing how you never mention stuff like that, it’s only the brown people…. hmmmmm.

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