Alphabet contributed just under $1.9 million to the committee, Microsoft contributed $997,226, and Amazon gave $931,821.
Other major technology companies that made it to the top donors list for the 2020 cycle included Apple and Facebook. Microsoft in particular has played an extensive role in supporting Biden’s campaign, compared to other companies.
Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott and his wife have contributed more than $50,000 supporting committees helping Biden win, according to campaign finance records. 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 more than half a million dollars to the Biden victory fund.Experts told The Epoch Times previously that a Biden–Harris administration might benefit big tech companies when it comes to antitrust policies and could signal a return to the friendly stance held during the Obama era toward Silicon Valley.
However, Microsoft’s Smith, whose donations have mostly helped Democrats, has made several contributions to Republicans, including a $15,000 donation to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to campaign finance records.
Microsoft and the Biden campaign didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment by The Epoch Times.
Samantha Zager, the deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said that Silicon Valley is “firmly in Joe Biden’s pocket.”
“These Big Tech Joe Biden donors are the same people who dictate the algorithms on social media websites, determining which points of view get heard and which get censored or removed,” Zager told The Epoch Times via email.
Big Tech ScrutinyThe funding comes at a time when big tech companies face antitrust lawsuits and scrutiny from lawmakers.
Tech giants need to be held accountable for potential censorship practices, say Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who recently voted to subpoena the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook. Republicans want to question how the companies handled an Oct. 14 New York Post report about the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Dozens of state attorneys general are probing the practices of Facebook and Google in separate cases amid broad concerns about the effects the companies have on competition and consumers. The Big Four tech companies—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—also face scrutiny by the House Judiciary Committee over potential anticompetitive behavior.