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Tech Industry Titans Cozy Up To Politicians With Campaign Cash

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Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt are among the tech executives who have donated real money this election cycle.
Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt are among the tech executives who have donated real money this election cycle.

As even the most out-of-the-loop, casual "Social Network" viewers know, you can make a lot of dough in tech. So much that you can give it away in giant fistfuls to the political cause of your choosing. And if you're donating to a super PAC, you can give an unlimited amount of cash to support candidates.

Like any other business sector, titans of the tech industry prepared for the 2012 presidential election by forking over great sums to get closer to politicians from both parties. In previous presidential years, "[m]uch of the industry's wealth has typically flowed toward Democrats, in part owing to its liberal locales and younger executives," Reuters reported in 2011. Thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, lifting limits on money sent to independent groups running ads and other political outreach, Republicans got a lot more dollars from Silicon Valley in 2011 and 2012.

Which party are your favorite tech celebrities donating money to? And will you think any differently of them once you know? Click through the gallery below to find out.

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