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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Early support from Google executives and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is a good sign that Silicon Valley's progressives could come out strong for Clinton in 2016.

Net neutrality

Despite campaign contributions from Time Warner Cable, Clinton supports FCC plans that bar telecommunications companies from charging more for high-speed Internet.

Donors who could benefit

  • Alphabet Inc.
  • Tech company
  • $105,296 donated to Hillary Clinton this cycle
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Facebook COO

Less government surveillance

Clinton breaks with many of her Silicon Valley supporters in asking for more government surveillance and coordination with tech companies. “We’re going to need help from Facebook, and from YouTube, and from Twitter,” she said in late 2015.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

As the former CEO of a technology company herself, Fiorina has obvious ties to Silicon Valley, though she's yet to pull in major donors from the industry.

Net neutrality

Fiorina opposes the FCC’s plan to keep telecommunications giants from creating higher cost high-speed lanes online, citing government overreach.

Less government surveillance

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO supports NSA surveillance, online and elsewhere.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul

Paul has long been popular among Silicon Valley's libertarians. He previously pulled support from PayPal founder Peter Thiel, but he's yet to fire up many major tech donors in this cycle.

Net neutrality

Paul has been one of the leading voices against the FCC’s plan for net neutrality, a position that has won support from tech libertarians.

Donors who could benefit

  • Scott Banister
  • Tech investor
  • $1.3 million donated to Rand Paul this cycle

Less government surveillance

The senator from Kentucky strongly opposes NSA surveillance online, citing rights to personal privacy.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

Support from former Oracle CEO (and third-richest American) Larry Ellison is a big deal for Rubio, though his technology policies don’t have a direct monetary benefit to Ellison, though his other stances, including previous efforts on immigration, align with Ellison’s priorities.

Net neutrality

Rubio opposes the FCC net neutrality policies that keep telecommunications companies from creating higher cost “fast lanes” for Internet. He calls it unnecessary government regulation.

Less government surveillance

Unlike many other Republican candidates, Rubio wants to extend broad NSA surveillance, including online.

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