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By CASEY TOLAN | ctolan@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 19, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: April 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s pledge to break up Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies has provoked a surprising response from some of those firms’ employees: They’re writing her checks.

The Massachusetts senator received more than $39,000 in donations from employees of Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google, ranking third among her fellow Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. And she did even better among all donors who describe themselves as software engineers or programmers, coming in second behind Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The first quarter fundraising reports, which were released this week, are a sign that the Warren’s controversial plan for restructuring the tech industry has won support among techies who like the idea of taking the giants down to size.

“Monopoly power is bad for democracy,” said Alex Feldman-Crough, a software engineer in San Francisco who gave Warren $250 last month. “Folks hear a lot from the biggest players, like the lobbyists or spokespeople for large tech companies — but the actual people who make up these companies are far more diverse in their views.”

FULL story: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/04/19/elizabeth-warren-president-tech-campaign-donations-berine-sanders-kamala-harris/

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, at a news conference in Washington, D.C. in November 2017. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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