Originally posted on Mashable  |  Last updated 1/23/12
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Thanks to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), lots of tech junkies have become politics junkies, too. For that reason, we decided to figure out which candidates got the most money from the technology industry in 2011. It’s part of the Federal Elections Commission’s job to let us know which companies are donating to which political candidates. The FEC’s 2011 report, released in December, is chock-full of useful data. We found the info we needed by using the tools on OpenSecrets.org, a research group dedicated to “tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.” Note that companies don’t give money directly to campaigns. Rather, these numbers reflect contributions given by employees and political action committees (PACs) affiliated with tech companies. As it turns out, only three of the presidential hopefuls in 2012 have received a substantial proportion of their total largesses from the tech industry, labeled “Computers/Internet” on OpenSecrets: Ron
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