Marketplace helps you stay financially responsible all year, now we need YOUR help to keep our budget on track.
Donate NOW to help us hit our target of 2,500 Marketplace Investors by June 30!
Kai Ryssdal: President Obama comes out here to California tomorrow. He’ll be in the San Francisco Bay Area raising money for his reelection campaign.
Why the Bay Area? ‘Cause that’s where the money is. Silicon Valley, in particular — millionaires and billionaires from high-tech and venture capital. From Washington, Marketplace’s David Gura reports.
David Gura: President Obama kicks things off in Atherton, Calif. That’s just up the road from Stanford, and right next door to Menlo Park, home to Facebook headquarters. Lisa and Doug Goldman are throwing a dinner party for the president. (They’re Bay Area philanthropists.) And a ticket to that dinner costs $35,800.
Kathy Kiely: Then, there’s a Redwood City reception, where the cheap seats are $1,000, but you can pay up to $12,500 to go in.
That’s Kathy Kiely. She works for the Sunlight Foundation. Kiely keeps tabs on political fundraisers, and she says candidates — especially presidential candidates — know California has a lot of money.
Kieley: Within California, Silicon Valley has become one of the most popular destinations, because it’s where a lot of mega money is. Even with Facebook down a few dollars a share.
Over the last couple of decades, the place has changed and so have its politics. There are fewer Republicans than there used to be.
Billionaire Marc Benioff is the CEO of Salesforce.com and he co-chairs President Obama’s reelection campaign. This is his sense of Silicon Valley today:
Marc Benioff: I think it’s about a third Democratic, a third Independent, and a third Republican.
And the relationship between Silicon Valley and the government is also different. Jim Cunneen is with California Strategies, and he is a former Republican representative to the California State Assembly.
Jim Cunneen: Technology companies in general, Silicon Valley in particular, are playing big in Washington.
And that’s made entrepreneurs and executives more interested in politics, and more willing to contribute to campaigns.
In Washington, I’m David Gura for Marketplace.
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.