The Wall Street Journal has recently conducted an analysis into the campaign finances of both the Trump campaign and of the Biden campaign throughout the 2020 election cycle.
The analysis takes a deep dive into the major contributors for both campaigns, and where the majority of workers who also contributed came from.
The report yields some interesting results, especially for Big Tech.
The Biden Campaign
The Wall Street Journal discovered that some of the largest contributors to the Biden campaign were employees at some of the major Big Tech companies in the United States.
The analysis of the campaign finance report shows that employees from the Big Tech giants of Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple were the five largest contributors to the Biden campaign’s income, totalling an estimated $15 million combined.
These findings suggest that the narrative being given off by Facebook and Google, that being that their employees’ political leanings do not affect their services, is terribly incorrect, especially when the recent, large scale censorship of Conservatives by Facebook is taken into account.
However, the Wall Street Journal also takes note of the fact that many former Democratic presidential candidates have received funding from Big Tech, yet in the past, the majority of the candidates funding has been sourced from other sectors of the economy.
The Trump Campaign
Unsurprisingly, after numerous attacks by President Trump throughout his term, employees of Big Tech firms do no make up the top five contributors to the Trump campaign in the previous election.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the top five sources of income for the Trump campaign came from a multitude of employees from a multitude of sectors; those being American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and The Bank of America.
The analysis by the Wall Street Journal proves further the rocky relationship between the Republican Party and Silicon Valley, with former Republican spokesperson Doug Haye confirming this very sentiment, claiming that ‘we don’t like them and they don’t like us’.
In regards to election funding, companies are not allowed to directly pledge funds towards their favourite candidate, which is why the WSJ has conducted an analysis on the funding sways for employees.
Each individual was allowed to pledge a maximum of $2,800 to their favourite candidate in the last election, with the Democrats swaying over the majority of Big Tech employees.