Twitter employees continued massive donations to Democrats in 2022, records show

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Twitter employees continued massive donations to Democrats in 2022, records show

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Employees at Twitter overwhelmingly donated to Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections, continuing a trend that shows the social media giant’s new CEO, Elon Musk, could face obstacles in trying to make the platform “politically neutral.”

This election cycle, Twitter employees poured in more than $185,000, with over $166,420 of that sum being steered toward committees and candidates, according to campaign data compiled by OpenSecrets. Democrats received roughly $166,000, or over 99%, of those donations, while Republicans received roughly $450, or 0.27%.

The stark contrast in donations from Twitter employees to political parties was evident in the 2020 election cycle, which saw Democrats receiving over $909,000, or over 98%, of donations, and Republicans receiving over $14,000, or 1.53%, of donations, records show.


In 2018, Democrats pulled in over $295,000, or over 96%, from Twitter employees, while Republicans received over $11,000, or over 3%.

Musk has vowed to alter the landscape of Twitter, which under the leadership of former CEO Jack Dorsey, censored conservatives and, notably, a 2020 New York Post article based on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Musk has been providing some reporters with internal documents and communications called the “Twitter Files,” which have revealed information on how the platform has previously operated in coordination with the Biden administration.

“For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally,” Musk tweeted in April.

The Twitter Files have shown how conservative accounts have been “shadow-banned,” a process by which users are blocked or partially blocked from sharing their content with a wider audience due to algorithmic changes. They also showed how Twitter executives kicked former President Donald Trump off the platform despite him not violating the rules.

At the same time, however, Musk has faced criticism over his suspension of several accounts, including those managed by journalists, on Twitter. This includes those for the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, Mashable, the Intercept, and Voice of America.

“You’re a public figure. An extremely controversial and powerful one,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday. “I get feeling unsafe, but descending into abuse of power + erratically banning journalists only increases the intensity around you. Take a beat and lay off the proto-fascism. Maybe try putting down your phone.”

While Twitter employee donations to Republicans have remained steadily low in the last several election cycles, 2016 was an anomaly. That year, Democrats received over $589,000, or 69%, of donations, and Republicans took over $263,000, or almost 31%, of donations.

House Republicans have vowed to investigate Twitter while in the majority next Congress, intending to look into the company’s alleged censorship tactics in the past. Following the release of the Twitter Files, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who will be chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said she is eyeing hearings.

“Big Tech has appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee numerous times and have claimed they weren’t shadow-banning people on their platforms,” she said. “These new Twitter Files have exposed that was a lie.”


“We’ll continue our robust oversight of all Big Tech companies to be more transparent about how they’re silencing Americans,” she added.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

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