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Political contributions

March 27, 2006 4:00 AM PST

How are employees of technology companies spending their political dollars? Here's a look at contributions to politicians from individuals and political action committees, or PACs.

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Individual donations PAC contributions Soft money
Company 2006* 2004 2002 2006* 2004 2002 2000 1998 2002 2000 1998
Adobe Systems35,450114,54521,95000000010,0000
Acxiom4,20023,35017,7789,00034,50055,5000067,79725,000500
Amazon.com32,619230,27584,31613,000106,75020,50014,000006,574844
Apple Computer19,600173,17028,4000000056,05060,0000
AT&T31,755348,519191,693140,500404,000464,912780,720974,8793,146,9713,760,0201,024,493
ChoicePoint14,45035,38216,00000000000
Cisco Systems63,391855,133181,57389,400271,00010,00000367,038690,383115,500
Comcast69,700726,060131,772248,700540,050259,350250,900161,475197,500199,5000
Computer Associates International6,77599,83526,24100000045,000100,000
Dell41,300344,677114,00241,000120,8886,50000425,250505,5990
EarthLink27,63030,2437,9000000005,0000
eBay57,775170,46279,80041,717124,254122,50057,0000103,05038,5000
EchoStar Communications25,500152,500356,02519,499283,900176,25065,2501,014869,250729,2500
Electronic Arts25033,8601,10000000000
EMC6,900221,88610,16125,00080,400000260,292265,00050,000
Google33,750207,65029,0000000010,00000
Hewlett-Packard5,747237,066122,25360,900114,600121,75068,00075,75005,0000
Hitachi2,05032,1238,29000000010,0000
IBM56,859728,819158,06900000000
Intel15,830315,48681,47078,449286,864251,779205,28781,007000
Microsoft164,0142,104,320707,753259,0001,213,200815,201820,999212,0002,691,2442,317,226779,816
Motorola16,600152,05245,35073,000248,605138,556213,000108,556239,550430,789103,500
Novell5,00027,80112,90000000350281,00099,966
RSA Security50027,65010,0001,5008,500000012,50035,000
Red Hat75048,2504,35000000000
Oracle32,760263,32056,20018,50076,00051,75074,00034,500539,734608,677275,463
SAP4,35027,39416,58067,000176,25020,1000065,3505,0005,000
SBC Communications (now AT&T)17,900433,066172,268577,8001,954,1161,602,9451,749,738963,4851,247,1841,787,228470,361
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International1,7502,7501,75011,50030,5005,00000000
Siebel Systems025,40016,85090,500307,500352,49900235,000850,0000
Silicon Graphics Inc.1,90025,6008,15000000000
Sun Microsystems16,760233,710131,19822,50080,25053,25031,300012,50024,0006,500
Sybase7,10032,88916,76500000000
Symantec8,00096,95415,5508,00016,00000015,0002500
Time Warner398,3502,712,944785,62696,500545,073542,352534,762388,073451,9191,617,310498,000
Unisys9,45060,66618,65062,000155,00074,00058,0000135,000142,35030,000
Verizon Communications60,040400,368172,268334,8001,003,1641,183,1602,017,117942,2951,541,1371,787,228909,519
Viacom87,3371,086,021272,60083,500359,500272,600235,961240,2881,363,54141,40546,000
Vonage Holdings5,50011,5502,00000000000
Yahoo50,500306,60058,25034,00081,50014,0000030,000020,691
Source: Federal Election Commission filings compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
* 2006 figures are incomplete. Numbers are current through October 2005.