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Bay Area mega donors spend millions on Republican presidential campaigns




Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison, delivers a keynote address during the 2014 Oracle Open World conference on September 28, 2014 in San Francisco, California. According to the
Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison, delivers a keynote address during the 2014 Oracle Open World conference on September 28, 2014 in San Francisco, California. According to the "Los Angeles Times," Larry Ellison gave $3 million to a committee promoting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
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The Bay Area image of Birkenstock-sporting liberals is clashing with a more modern reality: big donors born of the (mostly) tech industry are donating millions of dollars to republican presidential campaigns.

The LA Times looked into donors who gave over $500,000 to presidential campaings. There were 19. Ten of those gave to the Clinton campaign, and most of her money came from the Los Angeles area. But, nine of those donors gave to Republican presidential campaigns, and most of that money came from the Bay Area. The largest donor was Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corporation, giving $3 million to a committee supporting Marco Rubio of Florida.

Orange County, a region known to support Republican candidacies, seems to be holding back for now.

How do mega-donors influence the dialogue of political campaigns? Do candidates make their donors’ issues their issues?

Guests:

Anthony Pesce, LA Times reporter

Jessica Levinson, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School