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Trade Group Adds Splash Of GOP To Tech Industry

October 11, 2011
The tech industry's giving tends to lean Democratic, but with the GOP controlling the House, a top trade group is recalibrating with a Republican hire and GOP fundraising.

TechNet, a network of tech company CEOs, has hired Gideon Lett, a former APCO Worldwide consultant and aide to ex-Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) as its new vice president for political and government affairs. Lett will lead political and fundraising efforts for TechNet, a network of technology company CEOs.

TechNet has organized more than 20 fundraisers this year, whipping up almost $1 million for lawmakers it says support innovation. Although about half the events were for Democrats, the four biggest hauls went to GOP politicians: $250,000 for House Speaker John Boehner, more than $70,000 for Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), over $60,000 for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and over $50,000 for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
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