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    Friday, March 05, 2004

    High-tech donors give most to Bush 

    President Bush narrowly out-raised Sen. John Kerry in contributions from Silicon Valley's high-tech industry and from the Bay Area last year, according to a San Jose Mercury News analysis.

    In contributions from the high-tech industry nationally, Bush was the undisputed king. The president received $1.62 million from people who work in the field, triple what Kerry raised and more than all 10 Democratic presidential candidates combined. Among the big names writing maximum-contribution $2,000 checks to Bush's campaign were Hewlett-Packard's Carly Fiorina, Intel's Craig Barrett and Microsoft's Bill Gates.

    The power of incumbency combined with Bush's pro-business policies, from his two rounds of tax cuts to his embrace of free trade, have helped make him the choice of high-tech executives.

    - Jim Puzzanghera, San Jose Mercury News

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 6:09 AM



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