Democrats' Mark Warner and Nancy Pelosi, Republican Kevin McCarthy, among top Congressional candidates to receive money from Big Tech

November 26, 2019

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According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ (opensecrets.org) latest data from October 16th that they received from the FEC, Big Tech companies have combined to give Congressional and Presidential candidates a total of more than 4 million dollars ($4,073,811).

 

Alphabet has given candidates $1.7 million ($1,703,201) already while Amazon has given $1.2 million ($1,295,852).

 

Apple has given candidates over half a million dollars ($519,865) while Facebook is nearing that total ($492,515).

 

A Google political action committee (PAC) has given candidates $375,000 while Twitter has given $62,378.

 

There are 363 people who have accepted money from Alphabet (nine candidates, not included in the 363 candidates, have given their money back to Alphabet). 

 

There are 460 seeking office who have accepted money from Amazon (two candidates, not included among the 460 candidates, have given their money back to Amazon).

 

Stephen F Lynch (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) each gave $1,000 back to Amazon.

 

Apple has given money to 190 different office seekers while Facebook has given money to 177 people.

 

Joseph Crowley (D-NY), not included among the 177 candidates, gave $5,400 back to Facebook.

 

A Google PAC has given money to 156 candidates. 

 

Not included among the 156 people, an additional 10 office seekers have given their money back to the Google PAC, while three other candidates, Liz Cheney (R-WY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) have accepted no money ($0) from the Google PAC.

 

Twitter has given money to 55 candidates.

 

There are more than a handful of people who have accepted $10,000 or more from all of the Big Tech companies mentioned in this story, not including Google, (but it does include Alphabet).  Alphabet is the parent company of Google, so Google dollar amounts are not included in this story unless specifically mentioned, and do not add to the dollar amount totals you will see first.

 

And due to the same dollar amounts, it would not be accurate to include both Google and Alphabet amounts if the amounts are the same and it is actually one payment.  It is really curious though that some office seekers may say that they aren’t accepting money from Big Tech (in other words, Google exclusively) but they may still accept money from Alphabet.

 

So here is the top tier of Congressional candidates who have accepted money from Big Tech.

 

Most of the people who have accepted $20,000 or more dollars are Democrats.  All of the candidates who have accepted money from a Google PAC in this list have accepted a different amount of money (not the same amount) than that of accepting money from Alphabet.  So here is a list of those who have accepted $20,000 or more in order by the top dollar amounts:

 

Mark Warner (D-VA) has accepted $43,231.  Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) $39,800. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) $38,788 (has accepted $10,000 from a Google PAC). Ro Khanna (D-CA) $33,983. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) $33,412. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) $31,296. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) $28,496. Steve Scalise (R-LA) $27,400 (has accepted $10,000 from a Google PAC). Kim Schrier (D-WA) $27,052. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) $24,550 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC). Gary Peters (D-MI) $23,217 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC). Josh Harder (D-CA) $21,826. Cory Gardner (R-CO) $21,300 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC). Mike Levin (D-CA) $20,281.

 

And here is that same list in alphabetical order by the candidate’s last name:

 

Cory Gardner (R-CO) $21,300 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC).  Josh Harder (D-CA) $21,826.  Mark Kelly (D-AZ) $31,296.  Ro Khanna (D-CA) $33,983.  Mike Levin (D-CA) $20,281.  Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) $24,550 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC).  Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) $39,800.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) $28,496.  Ilhan Omar (D-MN) $33,412.  Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) $38,788 (has accepted $10,000 from a Google PAC).  Gary Peters (D-MI) $23,217 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC).  Steve Scalise (R-LA) $27,400 (has accepted $10,000 from a Google PAC).  Kim Schrier (D-WA) $27,052.  Mark Warner (D-VA) has accepted $43,231. 

 

It is notable to point out that Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, hasn’t accepted money from Alphabet, Apple, Google and Twitter.  McCarthy appears to be the only candidate who has received at least $10,000 from Big Tech to not accept money from Google and Alphabet. 

 

Nancy Pelosi and Zoe Lofgren, both Democrats, each have accepted money from the six Big Tech companies mentioned in this story and are the only ones who have received at least $10,000 from Big Tech to do so.

 

Democrats are still in the majority of accepting money from Big Tech companies in the $14,000 to $19,999 dollar range.  Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have accepted a different amount of money from a Google PAC than from Alphabet.  Here is a list of those who have accepted between $14,000 and $19,999:

 

Amy McGrath (D-KY) $19,800.  Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) $17,661 (has accepted $1,000 from a Google PAC). Thom Tillis (R-NC) $17,600 (has accepted $4,000 from a Google PAC). Will Hurd (R-TX) $16,800 (has accepted $9,000 from a Google PAC). Dan Baer (D-CO) $16,479. Dan McCready (D-NC) $15,560. Andy Kim (D-NJ) $14,607. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) $14,600 (has accepted $2,500 from a Google PAC).

 

And here is that same list of those in alphabetical order:

 

Dan Baer (D-CO) $16,479.  Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) $17,661 (has accepted $1,000 from a Google PAC). Will Hurd (R-TX) $16,800 (has accepted $9,000 from a Google PAC).  Andy Kim (D-NJ) $14,607.  Dan McCready (D-NC) $15,560.  Amy McGrath (D-KY) $19,800.  Elise Stefanik (R-NY) $14,600 (has accepted $2,500 from a Google PAC).  Thom Tillis (R-NC) $17,600 (has accepted $4,000 from a Google PAC).

 

And yet again, Democrats are still very much in the majority of candidates who have accepted between $10,000 and $13,999 dollars.  Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) have accepted a different amount of money from a Google PAC than from Alphabet.  These are the office seekers who have accepted between $10,000 and $13,999 dollars in alphabetical order by last name, split up into paragraphs for every one thousand dollar decrease:

 

$13,000-$13,999: None.

 

$12,000-$12,999: Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) $12,500 (has accepted $5,000 from a Google PAC).  David Cicilline (D-RI) $12,710. Antonio Delgado (D-NY) $12,588.  Joni Ernst (R-IA) $12,000 (has accepted $10,000 from a Google PAC).  Jared Golden (D-ME) $12,397.  Jaime Harrison (D-SC) $12,684. Steny H Hoyer (D-MD) $12,500 (has accepted $7,500 from a Google PAC).  Brynne Kennedy (D-CA) $12,250.  Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) $12,600 (has accepted $1,000 from a Google PAC). Darin LaHood (R-IL) $12,500 (has accepted $7,500 from a Google PAC). Mike Rounds (R-SD) $12,000 (has accepted $8,000 from a Google PAC).  Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) $12,392.

 

$11,000-$11,999: Sri Kulkarni (D-TX) $11,250. Shannon Liss-Riordan (D-MA) $11,200. Ed Markey (D-MA) $11,174.  Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) $11,500 (has accepted $3,500 from a Google PAC).

 

$10,000-$10,999: Lindsey Boylan (D-NY) $10,800. Doug Collins (R-GA) $10,000 (has accepted $2,500 from a Google PAC).  Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) $10,447 (has accepted $1,000 from a Google PAC).  John Hickenlooper (D-CO) $10,127.  Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) $10,500 (has accepted $2,500 from a Google PAC). James E Risch (R-ID) $10,000 (has accepted $9,000 from a Google PAC). Dan Sullivan (R-AK) $10,000 (has accepted $9,000 from a Google PAC).  Eric Swalwell (D-CA) $10,383 (has accepted $1,000 from a Google PAC).

 

On the Republican Party presidential candidate side, President Trump has accepted $18,859, from Big Tech companies.

 

All of the current Democratic Party presidential contenders (meaning any that have appeared on the debate stage and are still in the race) have accepted money from Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet, Apple and Amazon, but not Google. 

 

Democrats may try to say they haven’t accepted money from Google, but that doesn’t hold much water when every Democratic Party presidential candidate that you have seen on the debate stage at least once and is still currently in the race, have all accepted money from Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

 

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) gave $500 back to a Google PAC.  Otherwise, she would have accepted money from all six Big Tech companies.

 

Jay Inslee, a former Democratic Party presidential candidate, is running for re-election as the Governor of Washington, has accepted $79,377 from Big Tech.

 

But there are many more candidates who have accepted at least $1,000 dollars from Big Tech companies.

 

 

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