As Pro-innovation As President Obama
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Type: News
Date: Sunday 23 October 2016, 12:00 AM
Media: Techcrunch

About the person Hillary Clinton:
Art: Politics
Genres: Democratic Party, Economic Liberalism, Presidency, Modern Liberalism, Social Liberalism, U.S. Presidency, Social Conservatism, Federalism, First Lady, Secretary Of State, Senate, U.S. First Lady, U.S. Secretary Of State, U.S. Senate
Notable Organizations: Techcrunch
Silicon Valley has not embraced Hillary Clinton in the same way it did Barack Obama. Donors from the Valley contributed just a third of what they gave in 2012 (roughly $3.3M vs. $8.8M by June of each respective election). And, even those donating millions of dollars have been quite explicit that their intention is mostly about stopping Donald Trump, while begrudgingly accepting an imperfect Democratic platform. Behind the less than enthusiastic embrace is a collective skepticism in the tech industry about Clinton’s pro-innovation credentials. The shade is unwarranted. There is a reasonably quantifiable way to forecast how innovation-friendly a candidate will be based on their legislative record: add up the percent of laws that a Congressman writes related to high-skilled workforce training, data transparency, and performance-based funding. An obsession with making the federal government run more like a tech company and training citizens to work in new industries is a good sign that a policymaker will end up siding with Silicon Valley on most issues. Indeed, Hillary Clinton is the latest in a long line of “New Democrats” who have attempted to rebrand the party since the 90s as more tech friendly. Since her husband’s tenure in office, Silicon Valley insiders have recognized the supportive stance in the New Democrats’ fiscal policies. Indeed, many investors and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley heavily supported the Obama candidacy in 2008. That support was (on the whole) reciprocated by the President. And finding evidence that Clinton is likely to pick up this mantle of technology booster isn’t difficult. Simply look at the percentage of bills the candidate authored in Congress related to technocratic management and skilled worker development. That should be a reasonable predictor of her friendliness toward Silicon Valley-supported policies. Let’s see how Clinton’s past stack’s up.
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