An army of the elite Silicon Valley tech workers with extra time on their hands are fighting hard to impose their political views on the heartland of America.
The group, known as Tech for Campaigns, is carpetbagging its way into elections all around the country to back candidates approved by the West Coast liberal orthodoxy.
After watching Brad Parscale of the Trump campaign trounce the high-powered, big spending Clinton campaign with his tech savvy, Democrats in Silicon Valley decided they needed to get involved to help candidates who can’t help themselves.
When in Ohio, and Wisconsin, the blue collar workers who elected President Trump are heading to bed after an exhausting day on the manufacturing line, tech workers in San Francisco are quietly invading their cities to fight against them. With online connections to Democratic campaigns across America, this tiny number of Silicon Valley progressives are looking to tip the balance in elections across the country.
Kevin Roose and Seera Frankel report on Tech for Campaigns in The New York Times:
“This is not rocket science,” Mr. Kazanjy said. “Campaigns are online/offline e-commerce plays, where the transaction is a vote.”
They sent a Google form to their friends in the tech industry to gauge interest. Within three days, more than 700 people had signed up. The group has since grown to more than 4,500 volunteers, raised more than $100,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, and moved into an office in downtown San Francisco that it shares with a venture capital firm.
Nick Hobbs, 29, first heard about Tech for Campaigns while working at Google. Mr. Hobbs, who left the company last year, had always been politically active, but Tech for Campaigns gave him a way to channel his efforts into something productive.
“Instead of coming home and watching Netflix, we come home and go to work,” said Mr. Hobbs, who is helping redesign the campaign website of Elizabeth Thomson, a Democrat running in New Mexico’s 24th District.
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