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Trump Campaign Lacks Support From Tech Workers

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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump doesn't seem to have the support of Silicon Valley, CNNMoney reported, citing a data from Crowdpac.

The report, sourced from Crowdpac data, said just 52 tech industry workers have made political contributions to Trump, versus 33,094 for Bernie Sanders and 2,087 for Hillary Clinton.

Crowdpac tracked contributions of the tech workers from firms like General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), in addition to tech sector invested venture capital firms and startups like Uber.

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The data show workers from Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) have contributed the most to political campaigns, followed by VC firm Kleiner Perkins.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has received by far the most donations from the tech industry — $6 million from more than 33,000 donors. Significantly behind, Hillary Clinton has received $2.6 million from roughly 2,000 donors, which dwarfs Trump's 52 donors, who have contributed just over $21,000.

"With any industry, the biggest thing they dislike is uncertainty. Trump is just a big, giant hurricane of uncertainty," said political strategist Reed Galen. "You don't know what he'll say or do next. I'm not sure that he does, necessarily."

Potential Reasons For Lack Of Support

In February, Trump called for a boycott of all Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) products "until the company turned its phone records over to authorities."

Furthermore, Trump's remarks regarding African Americans, women, Latinos and Muslims do not meld well with Silicon Valley's "fight for a more inclusive industry."

The report, citing Mason Harrison, political director at Crowdpac, said Trump has received support from other sectors outside of tech, including donations from members of finance, insurance, healthcare providers and real estate. Notably, Trump has largely self-funded his campaign.

Posted-In: 2016 Presidential Elections Bernie Sanders CNNMoney CrowdpacNews Politics Media General Best of Benzinga


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