According to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, a research organization that tracks campaign contributions, as of March 1, individuals and political action committees within the computer and Internet sector had made roughly $9 million in campaign contributions in this election cycle. Of that, 54% went to Republican candidates, and 46% was given to Democrats. Over all, President Bush’s fund-raising still leads by a wide margin, with more than $180 million in the bank to Mr. Kerry’s $79 million.
Among those who have given the maximum $2,000 donation to the Bush re-election campaign are Bill Gates, chairman of the Microsoft Corporation; Carleton S. Fiorina, the chief executive of the Hewlett-Packard Company; and Craig R. Barrett, the Intel Corporation’s chief executive. John Chambers, chief executive of Cisco Systems Inc., also donated $2,000 to the Bush campaign, after donating $25,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee last year.