Silicon Valley wants to fix Democracy to be More Responsive to Silicon Valley

With Silicon Valley having caught up to Wall Street for the top spot in financially influencing Washington D.C., they are developing technology to fix the American Democracy to be more responsive to Silicon Valley corporate needs. Chris Lehane, a Bay Area Democratic strategist for billionaire Tom Steyer, describes the politics of Silicon Valley, “We’re like an ATM, but for the ATM to work you have to answer some questions.” To get the right answers, lobbying expenditures by computer/Internet companies hit $139.5 million in 2014, up +2,000 percent in the last 25 years. Tech campaign donations for the 2016 political races are expected to more than double from the record $64.1 million in 2012 Presidential cycle, which was up +$17.8 million in 2008. predicts that, “From Capitol Hill to the White House, tech money will be everywhere as 2016 looks like it will be Silicon Valley’s biggest year yet.” Led by Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, OpenSecrets expects “Left Coast” superstars and worker bees to “fork over most of their contributions to help the Democratic nominee.” But Silicon Valley corporate players have also been quietly sponsoring a number of shadowy tech start-ups that could dramatically influence political