The tech giant Microsoft Corp. has become the fourth-largest contributor to Democrat Presidential nominee, Joe Biden. The software company has somewhat been able to avoid the recent scrutiny of big tech companies, even obtaining a massive $10 billion government contract from the Trump Administration
In a report from Fox Business:
The company’s President Brad Smith is playing a key role behind the scenes, hosting a fundraiser for Biden last year in Medina, Washington. He is also a big dollar bundler – people who help raise more than $25,000 for the Biden campaign – and had a public role during the Democratic National Convention, similar to Amazon.com Inc policy chief Jay Carney.
Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott and his wife have contributed over $50,000 supporting committees helping Biden win, according to campaign finance records. And Microsoft board member and co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, and his wife have also donated generously to the Biden campaign. Hoffman’s wife has contributed over half a million dollars to the Biden victory fund.
Microsoft senior executives also have donated more to the Biden campaign during the primaries than any other large tech company, according to data from the Revolving Door Project, part of Center for Economic & Policy Research (CERP).
“Microsoft has been playing politics for much longer than the other large technology companies that are widely talked about,” said Max Moran, a researcher at CERP, noting it has been around longer than most U.S. tech companies.
Law prohibits companies from donating themselves, a rule Microsoft along with other companies has easily been managed to skirt around. The donations were either made by the company’s Political Action Committees (PACs), members of the PACs, or by individual employees.