UPDATED: Facebook PAC Donates More To Republicans; Employees Favor Democrats

By David Cohen 

Facebook’s political-action committee, fbPAC, continued to hit its like button more for Republicans than Democrats in 2012, as CNNMoney reported that GOP politicians raked in $140,000 from the social network through September, compared with $127,000 for Democrats.

However, when it comes to individual Facebook employee contributions, Democrats took in $116,300, more than double the GOP haul of $53,700, according to CNNMoney, which added that Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg — who served as chief of staff to former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers from 1996 through 2001, under Democratic ex-President Bill Clinton — contributed $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee and $5,000 to President Barack Obama.

Facebook created fbPAC in September 2011, several months prior to going public this past May.

UPDATED: fbPAC raised just $3,432 during the third quarter, but it gave $73,500 in contributions to federal candidates and committees, including Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Texas Republican nominee for Senate Ted Cruz, among others. The PAC still has $68,270 in the bank.

The technology sector as a whole showed a slight edge toward Republicans, contributing $2.78 billion to that party versus $2.45 billion to Democrats, putting the GOP on top for the first time since 2006, CNNMoney reported.

Other individual tech companies also followed suit, with Microsoft, Cisco Systems, eBay, and Google all giving more to Republicans, although in the case of the latter, the discrepancy between the two parties was just $500, according to CNNMoney.

Facebook Public Policy and Communications Manager Andrew Noyes would only tell CNNMoney:

(fbPAC supports) candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

Readers: Are you surprised at the different political bents of fbPAC and Facebook employees?

Additional reporting by Jennifer Moire.

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