According to Federal Election Commission filings, Microsoft's employees contributed $2.1 million dollars to Barack Obama's 2012 Presidential re-election. This is more than those working at any other company.
While Microsoft was the second-most contributor for Obama's re-election, AT&T was at the top with a contribution of $4.6 million dollars. Boeing and Chevron each contributed $1 million dollars to the Obama campaign. Coca-Cola contributes $430,000 while Bank of America donated $300,000. Bank of America, on the other hand, also contributed $5 million to have the Democratic convention in its home city of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Funny thing to note is that AT&T donated $5,000 to Mitt Romney's campaign and gave $30,800 to the Republican National Committee, after the Obama administration rejected the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Talk about politics!
This just goes to show you how money and politics go hand in hand. Microsoft recently revealed that President Obama's campaign used the software giant's Lync communications platform during the 2012 election. Now it all makes sense.
I am wondering whether our country's well established companies and industries also donate (or should I say invest) money to our government for the election.