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Sun Feb 16, 2020, 03:15 PM

Larry Ellison joins Peter Thiel in Trump's camp

Larry Ellison, the co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle Corp., is a fierce competitor, to put it mildly. This is a man who helped build a $177-billion company, and who likes to unwind by funding ludicrous hydrofoiling racing catamarans.

Increasingly, Ellison’s company is competing with the cloud computing wing of Amazon.com Inc., and he does it with zeal. Oracle funded an anti-Amazon group called the “Free and Fair Markets Initiative” to attack the rival. Oracle also worked desperately to derail Amazon’s bid for JEDI, a lucrative Defense Department cloud contract, going so far as to sue the federal government, alleging it illegally favored Amazon.

Now, Ellison is making friends with his enemy’s enemy, who happens to be the president of the United States. On Wednesday, Ellison will host a fundraiser for President Trump at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Top contributors are expected to shell out $250,000 for a photo, a golf outing and a round-table discussion...

Is Ellison’s interest in Trump inspired by their shared contempt for Bezos? Who knows? On the one hand, it’s not out of character for Ellison to raise money for Republicans. He backed Marco Rubio in 2016.

Then again, backing Trump is uniquely controversial. Recode called Ellison “one of Silicon Valley’s most eccentric and independent-minded leaders,” observing that those traits might make him immune to “blowback” from Oracle workers. Silicon Valley workers in general have become more activist; in November 2018 Google employees walked out over the company’s sexual harassment policies...

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-02-15/larry-ellison-trump




From Cambridge Analytica to meddling in the Iowa Caucus this seems like a trend.

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PoliticAverse Feb 16 #1
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Sun Feb 16, 2020, 03:32 PM

1. So not surprising. n/t

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Sun Feb 16, 2020, 11:06 PM

2. The tech bro's want to control everything.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 01:53 AM

3. No shit. These bastards make the late 19th Century robber barons look like a mom and pop operation.

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