Whichever way voters go as polls close in the California's Democratic primary, some employees of tech companies in the Bay Area have already cast their votes with their dollars, reports The Hill.

The political newspaper's analysis of  Federal Election Commission (FEC) data reveals Hillary Clinton has a lead over Bernie Sanders in donations from employees of major tech companies and startups in Silicon Valley.  

However, there is at least one exception to the trend and some point to a political divide among liberal-leaning employees in the Valley.

A majority of donations from employees at Facebook, Oracle, HP, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Netflix to one of the two potential Democratic candidates went to Clinton. At Apple and Google, contributions were more evenly split.

One company stood out as a bold exception to the trend: Uber, where employees reportedly contributed a total of $16,449 to the candidates' campaigns, favoring Sanders by a wide margin. FEC data showed 62 percent of donations from Uber went to Sanders, 38 percent to Clinton.

Sanders has performed better with tech employees nationally than in Silicon Valley. The Center for Responsive Politics counts employees of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon.com and Intel as among his top contributors.

The Associated Press reported Monday Clinton had gained sufficient delegate votes to clinch the Democratic nomination, an assertion many argued was premature.

A New York Times editorial that ran Tuesday described a divided Silicon Valley. Times editorial board member Elizabeth Williamson writes that wealthier tech employees seem to support Clinton; meanwhile, those living in "a less glamorous Silicon Valley, inhabited by brainy young people whose long hours power the big companies and whose college debt is so heavy that some of them can't even qualify for a credit card" are "feeling the Bern."

Published on: Jun 7, 2016