Silicon Valley’s Prop 8 Donations By Company

Written by scott on April 5th, 2014

Nate Silver Silicon Valley Prop 8 Graph

In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich’s departure, gay uber statistician Nate Silver breaks down how Silicon Valley donated its money in the Prop 8 initiative race. Note: This is only a breakdown of the individuals who donated to either side of the Prop 8 initiative in Silicon Valley and who noted their company, not how the companies themselves donated.

Joe.My.God reports:

The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the search to donors who listed California as their location. In total between these 11 companies, 83 percent of employee donations were in opposition to Proposition 8. So Eich was in a 17 percent minority relative to the top companies in Silicon Valley. However, there was quite a bit of variation from business to business. At Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin. There isn’t much data on Mozilla. Only four Proposition 8 donors listed it as their employer: Eich, who donated in support of the measure, and three others who opposed it.

It’s interesting to see the different corporate cultures reflected in these donation patterns.

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ned Flaherty says:

    This article is not at all about how the industry nicknamed Silicon Valley donated to Proposition 8; it is about how individual workers at companies within that industry donated.

    None of these donations are corporate donations; they’re all individual donations made by people who were required to identify their employers to comply with campaign finance laws.

    So no, it’s not “interesting to see the different corporate cultures reflected” because this list doesn’t reflect any corporate culture at all. It’s just a list of public companies where individual donors happened to work when they made their donations.

    Corporate policies and worker donations are not connected in any way.

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