The biggest news in tech politics is that, if all goes well, the Republican Party will be a winner in November, thanks to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
We talked to several Republican techies about how the party can get out ahead of a primary and caucus that is dominated by a few techies and is expected to be the most crowded ever.
The tech party has a lot of baggage, and Trump and Cruz are both seen as very polarizing, which means there’s an opportunity for a new party.
There’s a lot that’s untapped, and it’s one of the reasons why we’ve never had a major party emerge that was so unified,” said Matt Britton, a veteran GOP consultant.
The Republican National Committee has invested heavily in tech and digital organizing in the past year.
They’ve launched a digital team, launched a tech platform, and launched the party’s digital director.
They also partnered with Facebook to launch a mobile app.”
Tech-focused candidates, like Cruz and Trump, have the benefit of being outsiders and outsiders are more likely to be out of touch with the tech world. “
We see a lot less polarization now, and I think that’s going to help the party.”
Tech-focused candidates, like Cruz and Trump, have the benefit of being outsiders and outsiders are more likely to be out of touch with the tech world.
That’s not the case for the more mainstream candidates like Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, who are both former Silicon Valley executives.
But they have a lot in common.
They are both on the front lines of the tech economy, they have been tech pioneers, and they both have deep ties to the tech industry, Britton added.
“They’re both a little bit of an outsider,” he said.
“Trump has made a lot out of being an outsider and saying he’s going after the establishment.
But I think there’s something to that.
If he gets elected, there’s a good chance he’ll try to build a coalition that has a greater impact on the economy than a few billionaires,” Brittone said.
Bush and Huckabee are the most notable GOP candidates not affiliated with any party.
The former has an extensive history of using the technology industry as a vehicle to raise money and win in the 2016 election, and the latter has been criticized for taking a more “politically correct” approach to politics.
They’re both well known in the technology community and tech experts have long said that their backgrounds in tech are not the same as those of the candidates.
Tech’s impact on politics is a different story.
Trump, Cruz, and Huckabee have each raised money from tech firms, and in some cases, Trump has raised more money from a tech firm than he has from a candidate.
But a lot has changed since 2015, when Jeb Bush raised about $250 million from tech.
By contrast, Trump and Huckabee raised only $100 million in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission data.
Trump is the biggest beneficiary of the technology world’s newfound influence on politics.
He was the first Republican to take office in 2016 and has repeatedly touted the tech sector as the engine that will create jobs and create economic growth.
He’s also said that he will be the first president to appoint tech experts to cabinet positions.
In the past few weeks, he’s been promoting his tech strategy with Silicon Valley CEOs, and this week he hosted the first-ever tech summit.
But his most important position is likely to go to the billionaire hedge fund billionaire John Paulson, who donated more than $10 million to the Republican National Convention.
Paulson is also one of many tech executives to endorse Ted Cruz and have donated to the GOP in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.
The Koch brothers, who have given hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democratic National Committee, also contributed to the RNC in 2016.
“When John Pauls money goes to a Republican campaign, it’s not just the candidate but the billionaire that has money.
And John Paul will be there, and he’s giving money to Republicans.
John Paul’s a major donor to the Republicans,” Brittan said.