OK, I should probably start of by saying Microsoft does not officially endorse Presidential candidates. However, individual employee support the candidates with campaign donations.
So which candidate is ahead in receiving donations from Microsoft? No surprise here, it’s President Obama by a mile as shown below (culled from OpenSecrets.org). The President received $761,343 from Microsoft employees, while Mitt Romney received a relatively paltry $194,368.
Is the money invested by Microsoft’s employees smart money?
Total contributions to PACs, parties and outside spending groups: $1,576,261
Total contributions to candidates: $2,295,932
Top Candidate Recipients, 2011-2012
|Barack Obama (D)||$761,343|
|Mitt Romney (R)||$194,368|
|Suzan DelBene (D-WA)||$87,800|
|Maria Cantwell (D-WA)||$81,082|
|Dave Reichert (R-WA)||$33,000|
It (Microsoft) is also one of the biggest campaign contributors in Washington—an astounding fact when you consider that Microsoft is a relatively new player on the political scene. Prior to 1998, the company and its employees gave virtually nothing in terms of political contributions. But when the Justice Department launched an antitrust investigation into the company’s marketing of its popular Windows software, things changed. The company opened a Washington lobbying office, founded a political action committee and soon became one of the most generous political givers in the country. The move eventually galvanized an entire industry, as computer and Internet companies quickly moved to emulate Microsoft’s political savvy. Between 2000 and 2010, Microsoft spent at least $6 million each year on federal lobbying efforts.