The political left is accepting massive amounts of donor cash from Silicon Valley so far in the 2020 election cycle, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leading the pack.
“According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ (opensecrets.org) latest data from October 16th that they received from the FEC, Bernie Sanders has raised the most money out of all of the Democratic Party presidential candidates in receiving money from Big Tech companies,” one report said. “He has accepted $416,167 during the 2020 election campaign cycle from Big Tech companies.”
The report said that Sanders has accepted $163,458 from Alphabet, Inc. which is the parent company of Google. He has also taken $134,224 from Jeff Bezos-owned Amazon (Bezos also owns The Washington Post) and $88,182 from Apple. Facebook has donated $26,901 to the political veteran, who lost the 2016 Democratic Primary after the nomination was stolen from him and handed to Hillary Clinton. Twitter has given Sanders $3,402.
But Sanders is not alone. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has taken hundreds of thousands from Big Tech, too.
“Elizabeth Warren has accepted the second most amount of money from Big Tech companies at $385,774,” according to the report. “She has taken $200,111 from Alphabet Inc., $75,830 from Amazon and $68,461 from Apple. Warren has received $28,880 from Facebook and $12,492 from Twitter.”
Those donations from Big Tech could be an attempt to placate Warren, who has called for Silicon Valley tech giants to be broken up.
“Warren believes weak antitrust enforcement in the U.S. has helped big technology companies cement their dominance and hurt competition and innovation in the sector,” Investopedia reported in October. “According to her, the lack of choices for consumers has allowed these tech giants to neglect privacy and user experience.”
Obviously, Big Tech’s influence within the Democratic Party is a massive concern for conservatives, many of whom, including our own Laura Loomer, have been de-platformed and consequently shunned from the public square. Under the guise of “hate speech” rules, conservatives like Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Loomer have been banned from either or both Facebook and Instagram – all for sharing ordinary conservative viewpoints. If Big Tech is in the pocket of the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate ends up winning in 2020, it could spell doom for conservatives on social media platforms.
Lesser candidates are raking in cash from Big Tech, too.
“Pete Buttigieg has taken $358,006 from Big Tech companies, the third most among Democratic Party presidential candidates,” the report said. “He has received $174,430 from Alphabet, $65,908 from Amazon, $61,034 from Apple, $51,158 from Facebook and $5,476 from Twitter.”
Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and has only an outside shot at winning the nomination. The same goes for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), whom the tech giants have invested in heavily.
She’s taken $269,870 from Big Tech, including “120,008 from Alphabet, $59,523 from Apple, $42,821 from Amazon, $34,396 from Facebook and $13,122 from Twitter.”
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has reportedly taken more than $140,000 from Big Tech ($144,731 to be precise), while Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has accepted $85,525 and former Vice President Joe Biden has accepted $82,516, with each coming from Silicon Valley donors.
Tulsi Gabbard has received more than $40,000 from Big Tech ($40,321 to be precise), along with other candidates who are left in the race taking relatively smaller amounts from the tech titans:
“The following Democratic Party presidential candidates have accepted less than $25,000: Julian Castro has accepted $17,459, Amy Klobuchar ($16,175), Michael Bennet ($11,676) and Steve Bullock ($10,604). Klobuchar gave $500 back to Google.”
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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