By By James LipsitzThe following is an excerpt from The Next Web: The Inside Story of the New Internet, by James Lippsitz.
James Licks is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and a senior writer for Wired.
The technology industry has long been a bastion of middle-class privilege.
It’s also a bastions of technology, which means the technology industry is deeply entrenched in the politics of race.
As a result, tech companies are a powerful, though still largely invisible, part of the political machine.
This means that it is a political power that has a powerful effect on how our politics and government interact.
For that reason, we can take steps to combat it.
It’s also important to note that it’s not a coincidence that tech companies, which employ more people than any other industry, are also a powerful force in politics.
In the last several elections, they’ve spent more than half their campaign contributions on candidates and candidates’ campaigns.
They’ve also spent more money than any industry in any other sector, and they have a history of taking political action.
For example, Google spent more on the 2012 election than the entire Democratic Party combined.
The top tech companies spent more in the 2012 race than all other parties combined combined.
So tech companies have a powerful influence on politics.
But they are also deeply embedded in the technology world.
That makes them particularly vulnerable to the forces of intolerance that are at the heart of Trump’s anti-immigrant, xenophobic, misogynistic, and racist rhetoric.
This post originally appeared on Wired.com.
Read moreTechnology is an industry that’s deeply embedded and powerful in American politics.
It also is deeply intertwined with politics.
The technology industry’s influence in politics is not limited to the tech industry’s profits.
It extends to the companies that make products, services, and products in that technology.
It encompasses not just the software developers and engineers who build those products and services, but also the software vendors who make those products.
That’s why it is important to understand what is at stake in the tech companies’ political spending.
In 2016, Google, Facebook, and Amazon all spent heavily in politics in the presidential election.
They spent a combined $15 million.
The other companies, Microsoft, Apple, and Twitter, each spent less than $2 million.
Those are the kinds of numbers that you’d expect from tech companies.
But the fact is, these are not the same companies.
These are different companies that are not connected to the technology they sell to you.
They are different tech companies that have different political leanings.
And what does that mean?
Here’s a brief breakdown of the top three tech companies and the way they spent their money in the 2016 presidential race:Google.
The company that makes search and social media tools for Google’s search engine, YouTube, and mobile applications, and whose ads have appeared on Google search results, is a leading force in the political realm.
Google is also one of the largest spenders on campaigns.
In 2012, Google alone spent more dollars than the Democratic National Committee and the entire Republican Party combined, according to data from Kantar Media/CMAG.
Google spent $8.2 million on the 2016 election.
(See chart below.)
The other two tech companies combined spent less.
Facebook’s social media platform, Facebook Ads, and its online ads, as well as the ad network that sells Facebook ads, Facebook.com, all have political leaners.
Facebook spent $1.1 billion on the presidential race, more than the Republican National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Republican Governors Association combined.
Twitter is also a top tech company.
Its advertising revenue and user base have been a driving force behind President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House.
In 2016, Twitter spent more during the presidential campaign than all but one of its competitors combined.
Facebook did not disclose how much it spent on the race.
Apple, which makes iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch products, has been a key player in the Republican and Democratic parties’ efforts to cut taxes and roll back government regulations.
Apple is also among the tech sector’s largest spender on political campaigns.
It spent more per $1 than Google, Apple Ads, Apple Search, and Facebook combined.
Amazon, the largest online retailer, is also the leading tech company in the U.S. and the world.
It spends more than Google and Apple combined, and it’s also the top tech payer in political campaigns, according a report from Kantan Media/CMCSA.
Amazon also spent $4.2 billion on political spending in 2016.
Twitter was a strong Republican candidate in 2016, spending $2.7 million on GOP primary and general election candidates.
Apple did not reveal how much its PAC, the Apple Political Action Committee, spent during the election.
Google and Facebook have become powerful political actors in the last decade.
In 2017, they’ll likely spend more on elections.