Leave it to Silicon Valley to find the geekiest way possible to get involved in presidential politics: Nerdz 4 Hillary, a new fundraising effort for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The campaign’s Star Wars-like website — featuring Clinton as Princess Leia — was launched Wednesday by venture capitalist Dave McClure. It aims to raise $100,000, and, as stated on the home page: “Elect Hillary Clinton and defeat the Dark Force (Donald Trump).”
In a Medium post explaining the launch of Nerdz 4 Hillary, McClure said he isn’t “the most political of creatures” but felt he had to do something this time around.
The 500 Startups founder wrote that while he leans “slightly left of center” politically, he has always tried to “keep an open mind and listen to Republican positions on many topics. However, there is no keeping an open mind with respect to Donald Trump. He is a liar, a fraud, racist and sexist, clueless and irresponsible, and clearly cares about little else than his own money and importance.”
On the other hand, he called Clinton “as qualified and prepared a candidate for President as the world has ever seen.”
McClure joins others in the tech industry who are working to help elect Clinton and defeat Trump. They include Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, who pledged $20 million to Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic Party organizations; LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman, who is offering $5 million toward a push to get Trump to release his tax returns, and is also selling Trumped Up cards; and executives such as HP’s Meg Whitman — a former California Republican gubernatorial candidate — who hosted a Clinton campaign event in the valley last week.
Another famous tech industry figure who’s involved in presidential politics is billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who was a California delegate for Trump at the Republican National Convention. And last week, Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, the virtual-reality firm owned by Facebook, said he had donated money to an anti-Clinton, pro-Trump meme group — even though he says he’s voting for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
As of this post, the Nerdz 4 Hillary website had raised $37,500. Other “nerds” on the Nerdz Wall include Harper Reed, senior director of software development at PayPal and former CTO for President Obama’s re-election campaign; Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup”; and Leanne Pittsford, founder and CEO of Lesbians Who Tech.
Above: Screen shot from Nerdz 4 Hillary website.