Sanders snaps up critical Silicon Valley contributions, sneaks past Clinton

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Democratic presidential candidate, and recent New Hampshire primary winner, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has outdone his main rival and challenger, Hillary Clinton, in Silicon Valley fundraising.

From the five largest tech firms in the region, Sanders brought in almost $105,000 from staffers, $10,000 more than Clinton, last month. Out of the top 20 employers in the region donating to the Sanders camp, close to half were tech firms including Microsoft, Apple and Google.

The report also notes that Clinton’s donations have remained steady, which points to Sanders’s funding coming from new contributors who weren’t giving money to any campaign previously. The Sanders strategy is steeped in smaller donations from more individuals as opposed to going for higher dollar contributions, and Silicon Valley contributors are in keeping with the trend as less than 150 donors gave the maximum of $2,700 to the campaign in Q4 2015.

Unlike Clinton, who has made significant effort to stay in front of the Silicon Valley audience, Sanders has not made the region a priority, only visiting the area three times for events.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal

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