Ron Paul Counts Bay Area Tech Companies Among Top Donors

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If only money would talk for him
This week Republican presidential cult favorite Ron Paul will campaign through California, with stops at Chico State, as well as UCLA, and UC Berkeley. While the venues reflect Paul's solid and passionate base among college kids, a closer look at Paul's donor list shows that the 12-term Texas congressman is also loved by Bay Area techies (aka sugar daddies).

Most people already know about Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founding, libertarian-philosophizing  billionaire who has given $2.6 million to pro-Paul PAC Endorse Liberty. But several of his neighbors also support the man who wants to eliminate the Department of Education, end the War on Drugs, and return America to the gold standard.*

Of the 20 organizations that have contributed the most money to Paul's presidential campaign, four are technology companies from the San Francisco Bay Area, according to campaign finance website Open Secrets.

Google Inc., which is the company's political action committee, has donated $38,699 to Paul in the 2012 election cycle, which is the fourth highest total among groups and is surpassed only by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force. So it's fair to say that Google prefers Ron Paul to Rick Santorum. (Although the only thing more disgusting than the results from Googling "rick santorum" are the results from Googling "ron paul newsletter".)

Intel, which is based in Santa Clara, was Paul's ninth biggest contributing organization, with $21,541 from its PAC, Intel Corp. Silicon Valley information technology company Cisco, 18th biggest, gave $14,615. And Oracle, the 20th largest contributor, chipped in $14,402.

But don't let these number fool you into thinking these tech giants are necessarily cheerleaders for Paul's brand of limited government. If anything, the companies seem to lean to the left.

Google Inc.'s two biggest checks -- $30,800 a piece -- went to the Democratic National Committee. In all, Google employees have donated more than $1.2 million this campaign cycle, with 11 of the 16 largest individual contributions going to Democratic causes.

Cisco's top individual contribution was senior vice president Mark Chadler's $25,000 donation to President Obama in September. Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison, the richest person in the region, covered all his basis and gave $10,000 to both sides of the political aisle in 2011, but his company's PAC has given $15,000 more to Democratic candidates than to Republican ones. Of the four Bay Area companies among Paul's top 20 donors, only Intel's PAC leaned to the right, with 54 percent of its donations going to GOP candidates.

Paul will speak at Chico State at 7 tonight, then at UCLA at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, and finally at 7 p.m. at UC Berkeley on Thursday. Anything short of promising free tuition to all UC and CSU students, however, is unlikely to yield him enough momentum to win the state's 172 winner-take-all delegates on June 5. Most polls show Paul in fourth place, far behind the front-running Mitt Romney.

*Correction, 3:35 p.m.: Paul does not support plans for an integrated North American Union.

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Nani
Nani

You, sir, are an IDIOT. That is all...

Aghehshshs
Aghehshshs

More unresearched, parrot-speak out of the SF Bay Area. I don't know why I even bother reading this shite. Oh yeah, I wanted to know who his donors are so that I can support them 100%.

Rob
Rob

Not easy finding articels about Ron Paul not riddled with opinions, although I guess the same is true for most politicians. It's the suttle things that bother me though ... referring to Chico as a well known party school and many of his supporters are college kids. I'd like to find an article about one of the other republican candidates something like this; "Romney/Santorum/Gingrich held a town hall meeting today at the local nursing home, sparsley attended by their following of predominently senior citizens." If someone is eligble to vote, an article shouldn't be written belittling (sic) their age.

flyerfandan999
flyerfandan999

Can't decide what's worse in a "journalist," poor writing or poor research.  Sorry Albert, you flunk on both accounts.

"Anything short of promising free tuition to all UC and CSU students, however, is unlikely to yield him enough momentum to win the state's 172 winner-take-all delegates on June 5."  Gee, Al, see http://www.thegreenpapers.com/... for an explanation of why Ca is not a "winner take all" state.

"Cisco's top individual contribution was senior vice president Mark Chadler's $25,000 donation to President Obama in September."  Sorry, Al, the maximum amount an individual can give to a presidential campaign in any one cycle is $2,500.

And no hit piece would be complete without an offhand reference to those Ron Paul newsletters.   Hopefully readers who bother to research them find the report done by Ben Swann here:  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t...

namealreadyinuse
namealreadyinuse

Ron Paul for the North American Union, you almost got away with that blatant lie.

Read.. then write. 

yonish
yonish

what is this? the last hero of freedom visits sf and this is what he gets, a hack piece?a man who stirs the youth of the nation into massive crowds like the days of MLK. shameful. this writer should find something else to do.

longshotlouie
longshotlouie

Vote Ron Paul 2012Win A Free Country!

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

 I think you mean "a country where corporations are free to enslave you."  Which is exactly what you'll get with any of the candidates running, especially Paul.

LJK
LJK

And corporations aren't doing any enslaving right now? Okaaaay.

Texas Uncensored
Texas Uncensored

It is the employees and spouses of the tech companies who are donating.  Their limit is $2500 per person.   Ron Paul is supported by people of all ages, not just students.  How do you think he has been getting elected over and over again by landslides for the last 25 years?    Baby boomers, that's how.

Ron Paul did not write the newsletters. Period.  Just like the publisher of the NYT's doesn't read everything, if any of it because they are very busy, same with the old newsletters which BTW used language that was mild for the times compared to the networks and major publications. 

Ron Paul is 4th in the military industrial corporate m edia complex skewed polls.    In real polls, Rasmussen, Bloomberg, PPP, Ron Paul beats Obama.    He is the only one who beats Obama.

So, if you want this to come off as more than a high school book report,  do some real journalism.Take Down the NWO * PEACE * VOTE For RON PAUL 2012

Horace
Horace

The reason that some of these companies show up in Ron Paul's donations (and with very low totals, considering how much Ron Paul is donated to in total) are because the common people are donating to Ron Paul, not the companies. Mitt Romney is a total different story - the big companies want Mitt Romney to be the next president so they can keep their power. The people want Ron Paul to be our next president so we can have our freedom back, and get reclaim America as a top economical power!

Sonbeams
Sonbeams

This article contains at least one glaring error.  It states that Dr. Paul is in favour of a "North American Union"  and links to an equally poorly researched hit piece that states the opposite, that he is in fact opposed to the NAFTA Superhighway and the NAU:  

"Then there are Paul's oft-cited, but never less than stupefying, pronouncements on secret government plans to create a "NAFTA Superhighway" that will lead to the eventual dissolution of American sovereignty. Paul envisions -- no, really -- an unholy union of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in a single totalitarian state."

The so called "secret government plans" for the Superhighway must have been secret only to the writer since they are public knowledge to the more informed sections of the public.  The plans for a North American Union are also well advanced and are proceeding under the rubric of the SPP...Security and Prosperity Partnership.

How old are these journalists and where did they receive their education?  No wait, don't tell me.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

 Why do you expect journalists to be "educated" on some old guy's crackpot conspiracy theories?  Their job is to write about reality.

LJK
LJK

LOL no wonder this country is phucked. People like you who think journalists make their top priority "reality". Have fun with that.

FYI
FYI

Albert Samha has a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

longshotlouie
longshotlouie

That explains a lot.

JonnyMuffin
JonnyMuffin

More schooled, not educated.  Don't get it confused.  Mark Twain once advised "don't let your schooling get in the way of your education".  This is exactly what he was talking about.

Ryan
Ryan

Because he has vastly more education than you could ever dream of?

Getreal
Getreal

I quit reading when it said build a North American Union.  That is where it became obvious that this writer doesn't know what he talks about.

JonnyMuffin
JonnyMuffin

This is boring.  Here are 2 suggestions for interesting stories:

Goldman Sachs is the largest donors to both B Obama and M Romney.  See this is interesting because Wall St yields a massive amount of power and they, apparently, own the front runners from both parties.  Isn't that a connection worth exploring more?

The Army, Navy, and Air Force are Ron Pauls top 3 donors.  This is interesting because the MSM hammers ron paul for his "kooky" and "dangerous" foreign policy, but the troops overwhelmingly support him.  Am I crazy, or would it be interesting to dive into this a little more and explore the disconnect between the military and the msm representation of RP?

ghendric
ghendric

 Getting the MSM to tell the truth about anything would be like pulling teeth without Novocain.. Paul has actually been amassing delegates like crazy but you don't hear that anywhere on TV. They claim he only has like 50 delegates but in Nevada he raked in 75 delegates from one county alone there and took over half of the rest in another county.

Check this out...

"RENO, Nev. — Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul say they came away with all 75 state delegates from Nye County and more than half of 108 state delegates from Douglas County in convention voting Saturday."

http://www.houmatoday.com/arti...

It's pretty clear now that the MSM is trying to manipulate the vote and can't be trusted anymore..

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