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Tech Magnates Welcome Obama with Lavish (Financial) Support


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President Elect Obama

Silicon Alley Insider compiled a list of tech icons that made sizable donations to Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Listed endorsers from Google averaged $25,000 each, while executive donors (and spouses) at Microsoft averaged $50,000. Just one Yahoo notable made the cut — Associate General Counsel Laura Covington, who gave $10,000.

The list follows thus:

  • Former CEO Dick Costolo of Feedburner (Google) — $25,000
  • Former CEO Chad Hurley of YouTube (Google) — $25,000
  • VP Marissa Mayer of Search at Google — $25,000
  • CEO Eric Schmidt of Google — $25,000
  • Co-Founder Larry Page of Google — $25,000
  • President Joanna Shields of Bebo (Time Warner) — $25,000
  • VP-Intellectual Property Licensing Joe Beyers of HP — $10,000
  • Co-Founder Bill Gates of Microsoft — $50,000
  • Melinda Gates (spouse of Bill Gates) — $50,000
  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer — $50,000
  • Connie Ballmer (spouse of Steve Ballmer) — $50,000
  • Steven VanRoekel of Windows Server Solutions — $50,000
  • General Counsel Brad Smith of Microsoft — $50,000
  • CRO/Strategy Officer Craig Mundie of Microsoft — $25,000
  • President Charles Phillips of Oracle — $50,000
  • Co-Founder Irwin Jacobs of Qualcomm — $25,000
  • President Lisa Ellis of Sony Records — $50,000
  • Associate General Counsel Laura Covington of Yahoo — $10,000
  • CEO Robert Glaser of RealNetworks — $50,000
  • Lotus Co-Founder Mitch Kapor — $50,000
  • Speculator George Soros and family — $250,000

Legally, the President Elect can accept individual donations of up to $50,000. Corporations, political action committees, labor unions, current federally-registered lobbyists, non-US citizens and registered foreign agents cannot contribute.

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