In the run-up to the last Presidential Election, nearly $1 billion was raised between the Clinton and Trump campaigns.
Apple employees personally donated over $1.8 million to the Clinton campaign, led by CEO Tim Cook who made a $236,100 contribution to the Hillary Victory Fund.
Trump’s campaign, on the other hand, fared far worse in Silicon Valley.
Apple employees made donations totaling just $6,786 to the Presidential hopeful, a figure so small in Trump’s $334.8 million campaign war chest as to be a rounding error.
These figures came to light today as part of a series of funding exposes being published by GovPredict, a nonpartisan political data analysis firm backed by Y Combinator.
By scanning through campaign filings and identifying donations by individual’s employer, including misspellings, last month GovPredict revealed over 90% of political donations made by Amazon and Alphabet’s employees since 2004 had gone to support Democratic candidates and causes.
Today’s findings reveal Apple employees are equally left-leaning, with 91% of their donations going to the Democrats.
Overall that’s $5,679,870 which has gone to Democrat candidates and causes since 2004, versus $587,354 in Republican donations.
These figures will do little to defuse President Trump’s growing feud with Silicon Valley. In recent weeks he’s attacked Google for allegedly suppressing positive news about him and Facebook for “discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices”.
However GovPredict CEO Emil Pitkin, a former Harvard graduate, told Forbes that the findings may have little to do with employers specifically and far more to do with the regional and geographic political divides.
“When looking at [Apple] employees who live outside of California, 76% of contributions went to Democrats, which is substantially less than the over 90% given to Democrats by California residents.”