Palmer Luckey Is the Worst, But He Doesn’t Reflect Silicon Valley

In the best Silicon Valley man-child tradition, Oculus inventor Palmer Luckey is seeking to sway the presidential election by putting his money behind anti-Hillary Clinton trolls. The Daily Beast reported last night that the virtual reality mogul is funding the group Nimble America, which has pledged to fight Clinton with “shitposting” and memes. The backlash was swift. Developers threatened to abandon Oculus. Far from closing ranks around one of their celebrity founders, much of that disgust came from the tech communityitself.

But that anti-Luckey reaction shouldn’t come as a surprise, despite his tech celebrity. The Valley may have a reputation for tech-bro libertarianism, but the most recent campaign finance data shows employees at tech companies were once again primary funders of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In fact, the employers whose workers contributed the most to Clinton are a picture of 21st-century power—tech, government, and education. In stark contrast to the marquee support Clinton has received, Trump’s contributions come from smaller organizations and in smaller amounts.

By these lights, Clinton is clearly the candidate of today’s establishment.

In July Google employees donated more money to Clinton than staff at any other company, and that trend persisted in August, when Googlers sent the former secretary of state just under $100,000. Since May Clinton’s campaign has collected $379,000 from Google staffers. Other technology companies that rank among Clinton’s top sources of donations include Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Facebook, and Overall the Democratic nominee took in $26.9 million in August, a drop of 14 percent from her July take.