Democrats have accepted more than $4.6 million (68.63%) from Big Tech companies while Republicans have accepted more than $1.6 million (23.57%)

January 23, 2020

 

(Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/48006692607; Democratic Party presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren) 

 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org) website, based on the FEC data from November 21st, 2019, Big Tech companies and their political action committees (PACs) have given more than $6.7 million ($6,787,553) to Congressional and Presidential candidates.

 

In total, Democrats have accepted $4.6 million ($4,658,563) from Big Tech while Republicans have accepted $1.6 million ($1,600,055).  Independents have accepted $528,935 from Big Tech.  But if you don’t factor Bernie Sanders into the equation, the total is just $2,522 for Independents.

 

Based on the money totals, Democrats have accepted 68.63% from Big Tech while Republicans have accepted 23.57%.  Independents have accepted 7.79%.  But without Bernie Sanders, Independents have only accepted 0.04% from Big Tech.

 

That means Democrats would have a monopoly (68.63% as mentioned above) if the entire United States’ government were based on a two-thirds majority by all of these Big Tech companies and their Big Tech company PACs combined mentioned in this story.

 

There are 640 Congressional and Presidential candidates who have accepted money from Big Tech companies including 429 Democrats (67.03%), 206 Republicans (32.19%) and five Independents (0.78%).  All 640 candidates have accepted money from Big Tech companies that are not Big Tech company PACs.

 

Of those candidates, 498 have accepted at least $1,000 including 303 Democrats (60.84%), 193 Republicans (38.76%) and two Independents (0.40%).  And all 498 candidates have accepted at least $1,000 from Big Tech and are not Big Tech company PACs.

 

The number of candidates accepting $10,000 or more is 149 including 100 Democrats (67.11%), 48 Republicans (32.21%) and one Independent (0.67%) named Bernie Sanders. 

 

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There are 88 candidates who have exclusively accepted at least $10,000 from Big Tech companies that are not Big Tech company PACs. 

 

Those 88 candidates are: 66 Democrats (75.00%), 21 Republicans (23.86%) and one Independent (1.14%) named Bernie Sanders.  That means the remaining 61 candidates will have accepted less than $10,000 from Big Tech companies but have accepted a combined total of at least $10,000 from Big Tech companies and Big Tech company PACs. 

 

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Big Tech companies that are not PACs have given $4,014,563 to Democrats (74.07%), $876,555 to Republicans (16.17%) and $528,935 to Independents (9.76%).

 

Alphabet has given more than $1.7 million ($1,781,310), Amazon.com has given more than $1.3 million ($1,339,377) and Microsoft Corp has given more than $1.1 million ($1,151,117).  Apple ($552,004) and Facebook ($520,577) have given more than half a million dollars while Twitter has given a little over $75,000 ($75,668).

 

Amazon.com has given money to 470 candidates; Alphabet Inc 373 candidates; Microsoft Corp 324 candidates; Apple 196 candidates; Facebook Inc 191 candidates and Twitter 60 candidates.

 

Amazon.com has given money to 311 Democrats (66.17%), 157 Republicans (33.40%) and two Independents (0.43%).

 

Alphabet Inc. has given money to 282 Democrats (75.60%), 87 Republicans (23.32%) and four Independents (1.07%).

 

Microsoft Corp has given money to 229 Democrats (70.68%), 92 Republicans (28.40%) and three Independents (0.93%).

 

Apple Inc. has given money to 183 Democrats (93.37%), 10 Republicans (5.10%) and three Independents (1.53%).

 

Facebook has given money to 157 Democrats (82.20%), 32 Republicans (16.75%) and two Independents (1.05%).

 

Twitter has given money to 59 Democrats (98.33%), one Independent named Bernie Sanders (1.67%) and zero Republicans.  Yes, you read that correctly, zero Republicans.

 

Democrats have accepted at least 76% or more of the money given to all Congressional and Presidential candidates from each Big Tech company except for Microsoft Corp (74.81%) and Amazon.com (64.32%).

 

That means Democrats would have a monopoly if the entire United States’ government were based on a two-thirds majority from any one of these Big Tech companies except for Amazon.com (take your pick in the paragraph below) and the Big Tech political action committees mentioned later in this story.

 

To the Democratic Party candidates: Alphabet has given $1,358,621 (76.27%), Microsoft Corp $861,153 (74.81%), Amazon.com $861,433 (64.32%), Apple $448,037 (81.17%), Facebook $413,053 (79.35%), and Twitter $72,266 (95.50%).

 

This two-thirds monopoly or near two-thirds monopoly by the Democrats from Big Tech is something that the Republican Party needs to wake up to the reality of as fast as possible because Big Tech is becoming more and more part of the U.S. government and is effectively infringing on and forever eliminating United States’ citizens right to privacy.  The sad part is very few people seem to care about that.

 

The highest percentage Republicans have accepted from any of the Big Tech companies is 25.60% from Amazon.com.  Republicans have accepted less than 16 percent from all of the other Big Tech companies.

 

To the Republican Party candidates: Amazon.com has given $342,863 (25.60%), Alphabet $257,997 (14.48%), Microsoft Corp $180,545 (15.68%), Facebook $80,150 (15.40%), Apple $15,000 (2.72%) and zero dollars from Twitter.

 

Most of the money Big Tech gives away to Independents is going to Bernie Sanders.  He owns 99.52% of the money that is going to Independent candidates from Big Tech.  

 

Sanders is also the only Independent candidate to accept at least $10,000 from Big Tech.

 

To the Independent candidates Alphabet has given $164,692 (9.25%), Amazon.com $135,081 (10.09%), Microsoft Corp $109,419 (9.51%), Apple $88,967 (16.12%), Facebook $27,374 (5.26%), and Twitter $3,402 (4.50%).

 

Sanders has accepted 100% of the money going to Independent candidates from Twitter and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 

 

He owns 99.996% (three decimal places) of the money received from Amazon.com that have been accepted by Independent candidates.  Sanders has taken so much money from Amazon.com among Independents, that if it were rounded up to two decimal places, it would be 100 percent.

 

He has taken at least 99.30% (rounded up to two decimal places) of the money going to Independents from each of the other Big Tech companies (Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp.)

 

Alphabet has given $1,070 dollars to Independents who aren’t named Bernie Sanders.  All of the other Big Tech companies have given $750 dollars or less.

 

If Bernie Sanders were a Democrat, Twitter and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) would have given 100% of their money to Democrats.

 

According to the November 21st, 2019, FEC data on the opensecrets.org website, CAIR has given $1,130 to Democrats and $5 to Bernie Sanders.  Republicans have accepted $0 from CAIR.

 

CAIR lobbied Twitter to permanently ban Laura Loomer, an investigative journalist and now a Congressional candidate in Florida’s 21st Congressional District as a Republican, which effectively denied her U.S. Constitutional First Amendment rights to free speech on the Internet.

 

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However, the Republicans have a slight advantage when it comes to receiving money from Big Tech Political Action Committees (PACs).

 

Republicans have accepted $723,500 (52.91%) from Big Tech PACs while Democrats have accepted $644,000 (47.09%).

 

There are 349 candidates who have accepted money from Big Tech company PACs including 186 Republicans (53.30%), 163 Democrats (46.70%) and zero Independents.

 

All 349 of those candidates have accepted at least $1,000 from Big Tech company PACs.

 

There are 30 candidates who have exclusively accepted at least $10,000 from Big Tech company PACs.  Out of the 30 candidates who have accepted $10,000: 19 Republicans (63.33%) have accepted a total of $253,000 (62.32%) while 11 Democrats (36.67%) have accepted $153,000 (37.68%) from Big Tech company PACs for a grand total of $406,000.

 

As for the political action committees (PACs), Amazon.com has given $588,500 Google has given $398,500, Microsoft Corp has given $273,000 and Facebook has given $107,500.

 

Amazon.com PAC has given money to 273 candidates; Google Inc PAC 158 candidates; Microsoft Corp PAC 139 candidates and Facebook PAC 49 candidates.  Independents have accepted no money from Big Tech company PACs.

 

Amazon.com PAC has given money to 147 Republicans (53.85%) and 126 Democrats (46.15%).

 

Google Inc. PAC has given money to 83 Democrats (52.53%) and 75 Republicans (47.47%).

 

Microsoft Corp PAC has given money to 83 Republicans (59.71%) and 56 Democrats (40.29%).

 

Facebook Inc. PAC has given money to 27 Republicans (55.10%) and 22 Democrats (44.90%).

 

Republicans have accepted at least 51% of the total money from each of those four Big Tech PACs while Democrats have accepted at least 46% from each of those PACs.  

 

To the Republican Party candidates the Amazon.com PAC has given $311,000 (52.85%), the Google Inc PAC $214,500 (53.83%), the Microsoft Corp PAC $142,500 (52.20%), and the Facebook PAC $55,500 (51.63%).

 

As for the Democratic Party, the Amazon.com PAC has given $277,500 (47.15%), the Google Inc PAC $184,000 (46.17%), the Microsoft Corp PAC $130,500 (47.80%), and the Facebook PAC $52,000 (48.37%).   

 

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As of November 21st, 2019, all of the well-known and current Democratic Party presidential candidates (meaning all the candidates that everybody knows) have not taken any money from Big Tech company PACs.  Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg were not mentioned for the 2020 election cycle on the opensecrets.org website from the FEC data as of November 21st, 2019.

 

However, Democratic Party presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar initially accepted money, but gave $500 back to the Google Inc PAC.  Former 2020 election cycle Democratic Party presidential candidate Eric Swalwell has taken $1,000 from a Google Inc PAC and accepted no money from Twitter.

 

Democratic Party presidential candidates clearly lead the field in terms of receiving money from Big Tech. 

 

There are 17 current or former presidential candidates on the Democratic Party side (in the 2020 presidential election cycle) who have accepted at least $10,000 from Big Tech.  The combined total of those 17 candidates is $2.61 million ($2,613,106) which is 38.50% (rounded up to two decimal places) of the $6.7 million dollars ($6,787,553) that Big Tech has given to Congressional and Presidential candidates.

 

Bernie Sanders has raised $526,413.  That is the most out of any Congressional or Presidential candidate. In fact, he has raised so much money that it is at a minimum of more than 1/13th of all of the money Big Tech companies have given to Presidential and Congressional candidates mentioned in this story.

 

Sanders has accepted $163,622 from Alphabet Inc., $135,076 from Amazon.com, $108,669 from Microsoft Corp, $88,340 from Apple, $27,304 from Facebook and $3,402 from Twitter.

 

He has accepted the most money from Amazon.com, Apple and Microsoft Corp.

 

Between November 19th, 2019 and January 19th, 2020, Sanders gained 516,448 Twitter followers.  Hillary Clinton gained 547,625 Twitter followers.  Sanders looks like the frontrunner for the Democratic Party nomination unless Hillary Clinton joins the race.

 

Elizabeth Warren has accepted $462,942.  That is the second most out of any candidate.

 

She has accepted $200,546 from Alphabet, $79,418 from Amazon.com, $72,895 from Microsoft Corp, $68,711 from Apple, $28,880 from Facebook and $12,492 from Twitter.

 

Warren has accepted more money than Sanders from Alphabet, Facebook and Twitter.  She has accepted almost $37,000 more than Sanders from Alphabet and a little more than $9,000 greater than Sanders has from Twitter.

 

She has received the most money from Alphabet.

 

Between November 19th, 2019, and January 19th, 2020, Warren gained 209,088 Twitter followers.  The next Democratic Party candidate with the most Twitter followers gained behind Warren was Andrew Yang with 164,656.  But Adam Schiff (D-CA), one of the Democratic Party leaders in the Trump impeachment trial in the U.S. House of Representatives, gained more than both of them with 235,454 Twitter followers.

 

Pete Buttigieg has accepted $449,420.  That is the third highest total. 

 

He has accepted $175,290 from Alphabet, $86,808 from Microsoft Corp, $69,654 from Amazon.com, $61,034 from Apple, $51,158 from Facebook and $5,476 from Twitter.

 

Buttigieg has accepted more money from Alphabet than Sanders, more money from Microsoft Corp than Warren, more money than Sanders and Warren from Facebook and more money than Sanders from Twitter.

 

He has received the most money from Facebook.

 

Between November 19th, 2019, and January 19th, 2020, Buttigieg gained 52,256 Twitter followers.  Buttigieg's campaign is dying as Joe Biden has gained 151,378 Twitter followers.  Former Democratic Party presidential candidate Eric Swalwell has gained 136,883 Twitter followers.  Even Michael Bloomberg, one of the last to join the Democratic Party presidential field gained 75,049 Twitter followers. 

 

Previous Democratic Party presidential candidate Kamala Harris has accepted $325,055 from Big Tech. 

 

She has accepted $122,813 from Alphabet, $59,548 from Apple, $49,395 from Microsoft Corp, $45,781 from Amazon.com, $34,396 from Facebook and $13,122 from Twitter. 

 

Love her or hate her, you have to wonder whether she will be seeking the vice presidency at this point and try again for the presidency in the future.

 

Harris has accepted the most money from Twitter.  She also has accepted more money from Facebook than Sanders and Warren.

 

Between November 19th, 2019, and January 19th, 2020, Harris gained 158,248 Twitter followers.

 

Andrew Yang has accepted $176,124 from Big Tech.  He has accepted $60,589 from Alphabet, $44,574 from Amazon.com, $31,293 from Microsoft Corp, $21,142 from Facebook, $16,293 from Apple and $2,233 from Twitter.

 

Joe Biden ($136,347) has accepted more than $100,000.

 

Other Democratic Party presidential candidates have received the following amounts of money from Big Tech: Tulsi Gabbard has received ($53,385), Amy Klobuchar ($27,172), Michael Bennet ($13,164), Tom Steyer ($9,075) and John Delaney ($942).

 

Former Democratic Party presidential candidates Jay Inslee ($133,145), Cory Booker ($105,442) and Beto O’Rourke ($103,896) also received more than $100,000.

 

Other former Democratic Party presidential candidates who have accepted the following from Big Tech are: Kirsten Gillibrand ($30,208), Steve Bullock ($22,472), Julian Castro ($20,902), John Hickenlooper ($14,843), Eric Swalwell ($12,176), Tim Ryan ($7,064), Marianne Williamson ($7,014), Seth Moulton ($3,131), Mike Gravel ($2,793), Wayne Messam ($452), Bill de Blasio ($55).  Joe Sestak accepted no money from Big Tech as far as I can tell.

 

But it’s not just Democratic Party presidential candidates who have accepted large amounts of money from Big Tech.

 

The following Congressional candidates (all Democrats except for Kevin McCarthy) have all accepted more than $50,000 from Big Tech companies and Big Tech company PACs: Mark Warner (D-VA) $77,931, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) $70,420, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) $69,800, Gary Peters (D-MI) $64,338, Kim Schrier (D-WA) $52,831, and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) $50,125.

 

Yes, that is only six Congressional candidates but that doesn’t include the other 126 Congressional or Presidential candidates who have accepted between $10,000 and $49,999 from Big Tech.  And I already mentioned 17 Democratic Party presidential candidates (or former candidates) who have accepted at least $10,000 from Big Tech.

 

The President of the United States, Donald John Trump (Republican Party), has accepted $27,363 from Big Tech.

 

As for Congressional candidates who have accepted serious money from Big Tech company PACs, Kevin McCarthy and Nancy Pelosi each have accepted $20,000.

 

Other candidates who have accepted at least $15,000 from Big Tech company PACs: Will Hurd (R-TX) $19,000; Cory Gardner (R-CO) $18,500; Steny H Hoyer (D-MD) $17,500; Gary Peters $17,500; Zoe Lofgren $16,500; Mitch McConnell (R-KY) $16,000 and Steve Scalise (R-LA) $15,000.

 

And only because they were mentioned moments ago, Mark Warner has accepted $9,000 from Big Tech company PACs while Kim Schrier accepted no money.

 

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Compared to a previous story on my website, the top tier of Democratic Party presidential candidates who have raised the most money from Alphabet, Amazon.com (non PAC), Apple, Facebook (non PAC) and Twitter combined are as follows: According to FEC data from November 21st, 2019, Sanders has raised $417,744.  From the October 16th FEC data, Sanders had $416,167.  Warren has accepted $390,047.  She previously had $385,774.  Buttigieg has accepted $362,612.  He previously had $358,006.  Harris has raised $275,660.  She previously had $269,870.  Andrew Yang has accepted $144,831. He previously had $144,731. 

 

There are 81 candidates who have accepted money from Alphabet, Amazon.com (non PAC), Apple, Facebook (non PAC) and Twitter between the October 16th, 2019, and the November 21st, 2019, FEC data reports.

 

The following candidates have accepted a combined total of at least $10,000 from Alphabet, Amazon.com (non PAC), Apple, Facebook (non PAC) and Twitter between the October 16th, 2019, and the November 21st, 2019, FEC data reports.  Candidates who have also accepted money from a Google Inc PAC are noted in parentheses and the totals in parentheses include the five Big Tech companies and the Google Inc PAC: Josh Harder (D-CA) $12,600; Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) $12,300 (total is 13,300 including Google Inc PAC); Dan McCready (D-NC) $10,710; Sara Gideon (D-ME) $10,385; and Susan M Collins (R-ME) $10,000 (total is $15,000 including Google Inc PAC). 

 

$5,000-9,999: Steve Chabot (R-OH) $8,500 (total is $16,000 including Google Inc PAC); Tom Steyer (D) $8,325; Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) $8,050 (total is $13,050 including Google Inc PAC); Joe Biden (D) $6,625; Mark Kelly (D-AZ) $6,155; Kamala Harris (D-CA) $5,790; and Matt Rosendale (R-MT) $5,600. 

 

$2,000-4,999: Pete Buttigieg (D) $4,606; Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) $4,300; Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) $4,273; Adam Schiff (D-CA) $4,099; Brynne Kennedy (D-CA) $3,800; Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) $3,705; John Rose (R-TN) $3,500; MJ Hegar (D-TX) $3,450; Wendy Davis (D-TX) $3,300; Cory Booker (D-NJ) $2,800; Catherine Kunkel (D-WV) $2,800; Steve Pemberton (D-MA) $2,800; Heidi Sloan (D-TX) $2,800; Kathleen Williams (D-MT) $2,800; Kathy Castor (D-FL) $2,500; Joni Ernst (R-IA) $2,500; Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) $2,500 (total is $5,000 including Google Inc PAC); Tina Smith (D-MN) $2,500 (total is $5,000 including Google Inc PAC); Brianna Wu (D-MA) $2,130; Donna Imam (D-TX) $2,000 

 

$1,000-$1,999: Bernie Sanders (I-VT) $1,577; Michael Blake (D-NY) $1,350; Erica Smith (D-NC) $1,342; Kristine Schanbacher (D-IL) $1,300; Francis Conole (D-NY) $1,250; Kimberly Graham (D-IA) $1,250; Josh Mahony (D-AR) $1,250; Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) $1,100; Jim Costa (D-CA) $1,000; Cal Cunningham (D-NC) $1,000; Lance Gooden (R-TX) $1,000; Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $1,000; Richard Habersham (D-NY) $1,000; Trent Kelly (R-MS) $1,000; Susie Lee (D-NV) $1,000; and Dary Rezvani (D-CA) $1,000. 

 

And the remaining 33 candidates have accepted less than $1,000.

 

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Laura Loomer has sued four Big Tech companies named Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter and she is also suing the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

 

According to FEC data from November 21st, 2019, Elizabeth Warren has received $310,629 from Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Facebook PAC, Google Inc PAC and Twitter.  Pete Buttigieg received $292,958; Bernie Sanders received $282,668; Kamala Harris received $229,879; and Andrew Yang received $100,257.

 

Elizabeth Warren has received 9.04% of the money given by those four Big Tech companies (and their PACs) to all Congressional and Presidential candidates for the 2020 election cycle.

 

In 2020, the top five candidates (who are all Democrats) combined total of $1,216,391 equates to 35.41% (rounded up to two decimal places) of all the money given to Congressional and Presidential candidates.  Those Big Tech companies (including the Facebook PAC and the Google Inc PAC) have given $3,435,559 for the 2020 election cycle.

 

It should be noted that in 2016 Hillary Clinton received $2,922,223 from those four Big Tech companies (including the Facebook PAC and the Google Inc PAC).  She received 37.53% of all the money given to Congressional and Presidential candidates from those four Big Tech companies (and their PACs) in 2016 ($7,785,341). 

 

Bernie Sanders, who probably received the 2nd most amount of money from those Big Tech companies (including the Facebook PAC and the Google Inc PAC) in 2016 ($538,985) got just 6.92% of all money given to candidates in 2016. 

 

Whether Hillary Clinton will actually run for President in 2020 remains to be seen but Laura Loomer does think she will run.

 

 

 

 

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