It could be imagined that U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell would be unwelcome in many Silicon Valley homes, unless in effigy form for burning.
This region, famously liberal, overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton over now-President Donald Trump in the election campaign. And opposition to Trump has also erupted in the form of heavily attended anti-Trump marches for women’s rights, protests at the San Francisco airport against the President’s travel ban on people from some majority-Muslim countries, and legal action by tech firms against Trump’s moves on immigration.
But McConnell and other powerful Republican senators will be putting themselves under the hospitable care of one of the valley’s most iconic figures: the fantastically wealthy Larry Ellison, co-founder of software giant Oracle and now its executive chairman.
Ellison will host a Republican fundraiser April 20 at his Woodside home, according to tech website Recode.
“Ellison’s expected co-hosts include the likes of Safra Catz, the current CEO of Oracle who has advised Trump in recent months; Mike Markkula, the former chief of Apple; Ted Ullyot, the former general counsel of Facebook who’s now at Andreessen Horowitz, and a selection of area investors, such as the Schwab family,” Recode reported.
Other people are welcome to join as hosts, if they hand over or raise $35,000, according to the website, which said it had obtained an invitation to the big-money shindig.
Also expected, according to the report, are Senators Cory Gardner, Thom Tillis, Steve Daines and John Thune, who leads the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees tech and telecom issues.
In related news, Oracle has announced it’s buying a firm that tracks digital ads. The purchase of Moat will set Oracle back more than $850 million, according to Recode. The ad-tech company already works with major technology companies.
“Both Facebook and Google allow Moat to check in, to varying degrees, on ads that run on those companies’ platforms,” Recode reported. “Google’s YouTube recently announced that it would work with Moat to help advertisers verify that their messages aren’t running next to offensive videos.”
Photo: Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison in 2010 when he was the company’s CEO (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)