Google Getting Lots Of Money From Obama Campaign

    May 29, 2008

Google’s employees have a reputation for being left-leaning, but it seems they should be Barack Obama fans regardless of politics.  According to a new report, the presidential hopeful spent around $2.85 million on ads with the company in the early part of this year.

"Obama’s campaign spent at least $3.47 million on online advertising related purchases between January and April," reports Kate Kaye, with about 82 percent of that total going to Google.  And the unfinished-looking nature of the campaign’s April filing with the Federal Election Commission could indicate even more money’s been sent Google’s way.

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Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook got cash, as well, although in much smaller quantities.  Lesser-known companies like Broadband Enterprises, Pulse360, and Quigo also received Obama’s business.

On the whole, this seems like a fairly standard advertising campaign.  It’s significant that Obama and his campaign managers "got" the standard approach, however, and the stakes and amount of cash involved are obviously higher than usual.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post article noted just yesterday that YouTube users can donate directly to the Obama campaign with Google Checkout.  The YouTube pages of Hillary Clinton and John McCain don’t yet provide that option.