“Silicon Valley has entered its political adolescence.” The tech industry employs millions of people, accounts for some of the most valuable companies in the world and is now demanding a voice in Washington issues such as immigration, education and taxes. So who has captured the hearts and wallets of Silicon Valley?
Once a bit-player in the political money game, the technology industry came in second behind the oil and gas industry among the top sources for political contributions in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. The candidates have noticed and are courting the Valley’s wealthy tech elite. With 435 days to go until Election Day 2016, several of the major party candidates — including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — have already made early pilgrimages to Silicon Valley, looking to drum up support and to build their campaign war chests.