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eWeek Magazine is out with their analysis of the financial contributions of "IT workers" (basically, employees - and executives? - of high-tech companies). The top five companies in terms of amount of contributions, in descending order, are Google, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, and Verizon. There's no mention of it in the article, but given that Google is significantly smaller than the others in terms of numbers of employees, their contributions per employee are clearly well above the rest. Of course Google employees have a lot of money to spare, what with their stock in the stratosphere.

Of the total of just under $1 million from all the companies combined (not very much, really, compared to the total totals collected in the travesty of democracy called elections), more than 70 percent went to Democrats. With the exception of Qwest (based in Denver), where Bill Richardson topped the recipients, every other company in the top 10 had Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama as 1-2, with others well back.

The Republican picture is more interesting. The numbers are quite small - the top contribution from any company to a Republican is $17,500 from Qwest employees to John McCain, so the numbers aren't that statistically significant. Nevertheless, the results show Rudy Giuliani ahead at one company, Mitt Romney at another, Ron Paul #1 at two companies (and #2 are four more), and John McCain ahead at six and second at another one.

The final totals: "At the 21 companies backing Democrats, it's Clinton and Obama by a mile. Clinton has raked in $290,983, with Obama close behind with $281,207. Trailing far behind in third is John Edwards at $43,552. Contributions to Clinton and Obama alone represent 61.5 percent of all donations." And "Of the 23 companies surveyed, only two—Dell and Qualcomm—contributed more money to Republicans than Democrats. Among the Republican candidates, tech employees have contributed $94,800 to McCain. Paul, this election cycle's Internet phenom, has pulled in $59,710, with Mitt Romney receiving $53,085. Rudy Giuliani is a distant fourth at $22,550."

Draw your own conclusions.

Originally posted to Left I on the News on Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 07:34 PM PST.

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