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Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

theodp (442580) writes | about 4 months ago

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theodp (442580) writes "Covering President Obama's visit to Silicon Valley, the AP reports that the relationship between the White House, Silicon Valley and its money is complicated. Less than a year after David Kirkpatrick asked, "Did Obama Just Destroy the U.S. Internet Industry?", and just two months after Mark Zuckerberg gave the President a WTF-call over NSA spying, Silicon Valley execs hosted two high-stakes Democratic Party fundraisers for the President. The White House declined to identify the 20 high-rollers who paid $32,400 per head to sit at the Tech Roundtable at the Los Altos estate of Anne Wojcicki, the CEO of 23andMe and estranged spouse of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The President also attended an event hosted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Y Combinator president Sam Altman, where the 250 or so guests paid $1,000 to $32,400 a head for bar service that featured wine, beer and cognac. The following day, Obama celebrated solar power at a Mountain View Walmart before jetting out of NASA's Moffett Field, which The Mercury News referred to as "Google's corporate airport"."

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