Microsoft donates to Obama's second inauguration


Microsoft has donated money to President Barack Obama's second inauguration organizing committee.

When President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term on Jan. 21, Microsoft will help pick up the check for some of the festivities.

According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft is one of about 400 donors who will be providing funds for the president's second inauguration. Most of the donors will be individuals, although this year Obama's organizing committee allowed corporations to donate money for the event, unlike his 2009 inauguration. In addition to Microsoft, AT&T also donated funds for the event, although exact amounts were not disclosed.

Besides the inauguration itself, the president is expected to attend two official inaugural balls, the Commander-in-Chief's Ball for the military and the Inaugural Ball for the general public.

According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Microsoft employees and political action committees gave more money to Obama's re-election campaign ($815,435) than employees and PACs of any other company. Additionally, Microsoft was the second-leading corporate contributor to the Democratic National Committee in 2012 with $568,274, behind only Time Warner's $663,923. Overall, more than 67 percent of Microsoft's political donations last year went to Democratic candidates.

Source: Reuters | Image via The White House

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Maybe MS can get Obama to pass laws against Aero and the Start Menu. Then Dot Matrix could run around shrieking "Not only are you cavemen for using Windows 7, what you're doing is ILLEGAL!"

Seeing how the Obama administration SHUT DOWN gm & chrysler dealers during the bank bailout that were aligned with conservative or Republican causes, seeing how Eric Holder/Obama have gone after conservative businesses that oppose Obamacare....these corporations have probably been "asked" to donate...and are "donating" to help keep Obama off their backs. It's the Chicago way.

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Why have another inauguration in the first place? He was already inaugurated once and got to keep his job. Business as usual as far as I'm concerned.

I lost a little bit of respect for Microsoft donating to this event. Obama has done nothing but take this nation down the path of ruin. And no, I don't think Bush was any better.

AR556 said,
Why have another inauguration in the first place? He was already inaugurated once and got to keep his job. Business as usual as far as I'm concerned.

I lost a little bit of respect for Microsoft donating to this event. Obama has done nothing but take this nation down the path of ruin. And no, I don't think Bush was any better.

Yeah because the Republicans idea of let everyone go bust would have been so much better. People forget that the America economy affects the whole world economy, I'm glad Obama had the balls to bail companies out.

Let's not forget this mess started with Bush, everyone seems to think the recession started with Obama, all he did was inherit it, Bush was out of the whitehouse at the right time (for his sakes).

Tony. said,

Yeah because the Republicans idea of let everyone go bust would have been so much better. People forget that the America economy affects the whole world economy, I'm glad Obama had the balls to bail companies out.

Let's not forget this mess started with Bush, everyone seems to think the recession started with Obama, all he did was inherit it, Bush was out of the whitehouse at the right time (for his sakes).


The recession started with Clinton a few months before he left office. BUSH inherited a mess, but luckily for us, Republican policies kept unemployment at HALF what Obama has been able to do. People are blind if they seriously believe as you do.

M_Lyons10 said,
.....

Now that's a reality distortion field.

Luckily for you Americans that Bush kept a two term war going that cost trillions while putting in Tax cuts to the top that caused the debt to balloon to something that Obama had no choice to manage.

Quit this political rhetoric on a Tech site.

Edited by deadonthefloor, Jan 5 2013, 5:53pm :

M_Lyons10 said,

The recession started with Clinton a few months before he left office. BUSH inherited a mess

LMAO! Your posts are always really amusing. Keep up the good work.

DoomsDayMayan said,
LOL. Yeah it was the contributions by Microsoft that convinced the Defense to purchase Windows 8.

Well, the only thing Obama has done in 4 years is take care of friends and contributors... Why would that change?

Windows Nashville said,
Are you really this stupid to blindly believe this crap? Sad.

Calling another member "stupid" to make your point really doesn't help. And I'm having difficultly understanding what part of the post you're disagreeing with. Please, enlighten us.

Albert said,
sucking up to the winner. typical microsoft 'follow the leader' mentality. nothing wrong here.

You mean like how Google and Apple shifted their contributions to the Republicans when they took over the House in 2010?

PS Notes to consider...

Microsoft and Gates have always favored the Democratic Party, even when it was a Democratic appointed AG and DOJ that went after them for anti-trust.

(Ballmer usually supports Republicans, and been on the opposite side of legislation than Gates several times, specifically in Washington state initiatives.)

thenetavenger said,

You mean like how Google and Apple shifted their contributions to the Republicans when they took over the House in 2010?

PS Notes to consider...

Microsoft and Gates have always favored the Democratic Party, even when it was a Democratic appointed AG and DOJ that went after them for anti-trust.

(Ballmer usually supports Republicans, and been on the opposite side of legislation than Gates several times, specifically in Washington state initiatives.)

What party does that open source Linux weird guy with the beard support? I forget his name, but he comes up in the news every now and then.

Actually kind of shocked by the last paragraph, I figured donations from major companies would end up being much higher. I know certain laws and rules have something to do with how much you can donate, but that just seems a little low considering the amount of money that gets spent on these things.

ShareShiz said,
except the Obamas have used $1 billion / year of taxpayers money just to take trips

Are you really this stupid to blindly believe this crap? Sad.

thenetavenger said,

Are you really this stupid to blindly believe this crap? Sad.

I'm not from the US, nor do I preside there.
But it was truly sad to see the Obama administration raise the debt as much as they did.
But instead of cutting spending, its increased... not for all good reasons too. But there is no chance to pay it off anyways anymore so why does it matter...

auziez said,

I'm not from the US, nor do I preside there.
But it was truly sad to see the Obama administration raise the debt as much as they did.
But instead of cutting spending, its increased... not for all good reasons too. But there is no chance to pay it off anyways anymore so why does it matter...


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auziez said,

I'm not from the US, nor do I preside there.
But it was truly sad to see the Obama administration raise the debt as much as they did.
But instead of cutting spending, its increased... not for all good reasons too. But there is no chance to pay it off anyways anymore so why does it matter...

Unfortunately the Obama administration had to spend a lot of money with bailouts and so on, if Obama had let the companies go bankrupt, there would of been an extra million people without a job not to mention it would of made the situation with the world markets even worse and prolonged it's recession.

thenetavenger said,

Are you really this stupid to blindly believe this crap? Sad.


The rarity of Obama actually doing work aside, he does travel more for pleasure than most Presidents... At around the two year mark, he had been golfing for instance more times than Bush had in 8 years... Even though Bush was constantly criticized for golfing so much. I guess they are held to different standards.

Edited by M_Lyons10, Jan 5 2013, 3:42pm :

Does any President need to be living well, or have a fancy bash, when the majority of his folks (like the umm 99% that everyone yammers about) are living below their means and are not 'rich'?

Oooh, but that's OK to spend on the inauguration for our 1% rich president... whatever.

Tony. said,

Unfortunately the Obama administration had to spend a lot of money with bailouts and so on, if Obama had let the companies go bankrupt, there would of been an extra million people without a job not to mention it would of made the situation with the world markets even worse and prolonged it's recession.

That's like saying if you had stepped outside instead of taking the time to type out your post, a flying horse with it's tail on fire could have fell on you...

Sure, you can always second guess and try to justify, but in reality, bankrupt companies would have restructured and America would have reset on several fronts... instead, it is same 'ol same 'ol on all sides, from debt to bad company management.

America has never been about bailing out the grossly mismanaged and keeping them afloat on the backs on the people... well, until lately that is, with all the young entitled folks mucking things up.

M_Lyons10 said,
The rarity of Obama actually doing work aside, he does travel more for pleasure than most Presidents... At around the two year mark, he had been golfing for instance more times than Bush had in 8 years... Even though Bush was constantly criticized for golfing so much. I guess they are held to different standards.

How dare you spout such nonsense! Golf is obviously not the only recreational activity enjoyed by Presidents and Obama has taken dramatically less time off than Bush and has played less golf than many of the highest regarded Presidents (Eisenhower, Clinton, etc): http://theweek.com/bullpen/col...us-myths-about-barack-obama

Get informed before you spout such hateful and destructive propaganda. There's plenty of legitimate issues to criticise Obama for without making stuff up or misrepresenting it.

there's a lot wrong here. He already lives like a frigging king. I cannot understand how any successful company can look at what hes done and continues to do to our and the worlds economy and still wants to endorse that crap. All of our politicians live way to much like royalty its not supposed to be that way here. Term limits damnit!