How Silicon Valley is trying to take out Tea Party candidates

As the controversy around the Mississippi Senate runoff race to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran unfolds, and more allegations pile up of voter fraud and funny money, an interesting tidbit came out in a Politico piece about how the tech industry is supporting political candidates.

Sean Parker, Facebook billionaire who also founded Napster, has a history of supporting Democrats—like most in Silicon Valley, he supported and donated to Obama, as well as Sen. Cory Booker and Gov. Terry McAuliffe, in some of the highest profile Democrat campaigns in the past year.

However, Parker has begun to “crossover” and donate to Republicans that he claims are “moderate conservative voices on economic policy”.

Sen. Lindsay Graham has been one of the beneficiaries of this largesse (who faced a notable Tea Party challenge this year), but the largest beneficiary?

Sen. Thad Cochran.

So far, Parker’s largest GOP contributions have been directed at races where mainstream Republican lawmakers have faced competition from more hard-edged ideological candidates. In the House, Simpson and Walden faced tea party opponents, though both ultimately dispatched them easily.

Cochran very nearly lost his seat in a June 3 Republican primary before bouncing back to defeat his challenger in a June 24 runoff election.
Parker donated $250,000 to the Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, led by Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, before the primary. He re-upped with another $100,000 for the runoff election.

Remember, individuals can donate, max, less than $3000 to a candidate per cycle.

But if you donate to a PAC that supports a candidate, you can get around that requirement.

Parker is also a member of, a Mark Zuckerberg-sponsored lobbying group designed to “promote tech-friendly causes”, which has been a huge supporter of amnesty.

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