By Charlie Warzel / @cwarzel
It is safe to say that President Obama has the full support of Silicon Valley and the giants of tech. The proof is in the monster announcement today for Technology for Obama, which is affectionately abbreviated as ‘T4O’. This group is a powerhouse of tech giants and founders who are banding together to raise campaign cash and, most likely, assist with creating a formidable digital campaign structure and proprietary code. The group of co-chairs includes Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook fame, Reid Hoffman co-founder of LinkedIn, Jeremy Stoppelman from Yelp, Craigslist namesake and founder, Craig Newmark, and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com.
Did your eyes just roll back into your head a little bit? Perhaps your jaw hit the floor? This is a mammoth development from the campaign as this group of committee co-chairs has loads of money, even more influence, and a LOT of access to top development talent.
Here’s a little on the net worth of some of the co-chairs:
Reid Hoffman - $1.5 billion
Sean Parker - $2.1 billion
Marc Benioff - $1.9 billion
Craig Newmark - $400 million
Jeremy Stoppelman - $222 million
That’s a lot of cash.
Here’s a bit from the Obama Campaign’s website:
Technology for Obama (T4O) seeks to activate an influential fundraising and operational group from the broad technology community. Through national, regional, and online activities,T4O will work to rally the tech community to endorse, and to commit time and talent to the campaign. T4Owill supply participants with information, contacts and inspiration for further involvement and to provide significant financial support for the re-election of President Barack Obama. If you work, support, or identify with technology then you should join T4O!
If you also have a ton of cash and an interest in helping the Obama campaign’s tech strategy, you can donate as well. There will also be ameeting in San Francisco tonight, where the big dogs will talk on a panel and explain how they are banding together to create a tech infrastructure and cash pool the likes of which have never been seen before.
[Lead Image via USA Today]