Obama Won the 'Makers,' Romney the 'Takers'

Harold Meyerson: Techies went for president, bankers for Romney
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Obama Won the 'Makers,' Romney the 'Takers'
Dueling campaign signs are seen in yards outside Evans City, Pa., on Nov. 2.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A look at this year's political contributions makes a few generalizations safe: If an employee of Google or Microsoft donated to a candidate, it was probably Barack Obama. If an employee at Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley did, it was probably Mitt Romney. In short, Silicon Valley loves Obama and Wall Street loves Romney, writes Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post.

"Obama, if you will, won the makers; Romney, the takers," writes Meyerson. Democrats should be cheered by this, he adds, because it refutes the notion that rich people as a whole backed Republicans. Bankers and casino moguls, yes, but not software engineers. "At the risk of oversimplifying, techies are into making products while bankers are into making money," he writes. "In the age of Obama, where the big money dwells, invention is Democratic; sweet deals are Republican." Read the full column here. (More Election 2012 stories.)

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