WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Employees of U.S.-based search engine Google gave $207,650 to federal candidates for the 2004 elections -- virtually all of it to Democrats.
A USA Today analysis published Monday indicated 98 percent of the money went to Democrats, the most-lopsided giving of any of the top tech company donors.
Microsoft was the biggest tech donor, with its political action committee contributing $3.1 million last year, with more than half going to Republican candidates.
However, overall, 53 percent of high-tech industry contributions went to Democrats, said the Center for Responsive Politics, a liberal group that tracks campaign spending and contributions.
Republicans must work hard to win support from a company whose employees seem philosophically wed to Democrats, CRP's Larry Noble said.
Google declined to discuss employee campaign contributions, but the among the company's top 2004 givers was Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, whose biggest single donation was reportedly $25,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.