Google for Barack, Microsoft for Hillary

Obama leads Silicon Valley donations; Seattle giant's workers skew toward Clinton
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 2, 2008 5:00 PM CST
Google employees wait for the arrival of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who spoke with Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama leads presidential hopefuls in Silicon Valley donations, but Hillary is tops among Microsoft employees, Reuters reports. Residents of the valley that Google, Yahoo, and Apple call home are interested in change, one analyst said: "It is absolutely the case that Obama is seen as different, and therefore appealing to Silicon Valley." Computer-industry workers have sent $940,459 to Obama, compared to $883,125 for HIllary.

Sixty-nine Google employees prefer Obama, compared to 39 for Clinton. But in Washington, 137 Microsoft workers have directed some $136,000 to Hillary, while 58 have supported Obama with $37,650. One lobbyist said that Silicon techies will be pleased with either candidate: “People in Silicon Valley want to solve problems, and all the candidates have spoken to the issues we care about," he said.