The 2016 Money Chase, Cont.
Hey guys, remember the other day when ¡JEB! the Smartest Bush® Instagram’ed himself taking an Uber to Sunnyvale where he discovered LinkedIn and wrote a blog about The Sharing Economy, flashed his Apple Watch around? Remember when he said to Silicon Valley,
“The government of the future needs to look more like Thumbtack, to be honest with you: lower cost, higher quality, focused on outcomes, really focused on citizens, or in your case, the customers.”
And what did that pandering earn him?
“Bush did snag checks from Yahoo Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Goldman ($2,700), and Raj Shah of Palo Alto Networks ($2,700).”
I guess that’s the equivalent of $20, same as in town. That’s gonna smart tomorrow.
Big Gulp Rubio? How’d he do courting the big Tech Money?
“Rubio saw support from some Oracle executives, after former CEO Larry Ellison held a fundraiser for him at his Woodside, Calif., home. Rubio also got a donation from Cisco CEO John Chambers, another fixture in Republican fundraising.”
Hey, you know Fire ‘Em All Fiorina once lived and worked there! She must have made a haul, right?
“Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, attracted checks from more old-school tech types, including Ann Livermore.”
[Livermore is an HP Exec, and was an underling to iCarly during her reign of error.]
And what of Schrödinger’s Candidate Rand Paul, the man on all sides of all issues? He who travels into enemy territory (California) and famously set up an office in San Francisco? He who speaks to the Yutes of Tomorrow at UC Berkeley?
“Paul, who famously set up an outpost in the Valley to help recruit tech talent and support, didn’t attract donations from major industry executives, although he was popular with many tech firm employees.”
So, who did get support from tech?
“Clinton’s campaign in the second quarter counted big checks from a variety of tech executives, including Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, YouTube leader Susan Wojcicki and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, according to a fundraising report filed this week. Sandberg, Cerf and Wojcicki each gave $2,700, while Musk gave $5,000.
“…Clinton snagged checks from Lisa Jackson, the newly elevated policy chief at Apple; Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga; Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox; and Aaron Levie, the leader of Box. Each gave $2,700. The campaign also received donations from a number of Facebook executives and two top venture capitalists at Andreessen Horowitz.”
What is sort of unsaid in this piece from Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) is that there is something I think of as the Star Trek effect: the optimism that humanity will make it to an egalitarian 25th century. The Republicans want to go backwards to the Confederacy of the old South.
Silicon Valley knows the difference. I doubt very much that Wingnuttia will make inroads there as long as they are the party of No, Don’t, Can’t, Won’t.