Records reveal political spending power of dev heavyweights

Records reveal political spending power of dev heavyweights
Michael French

By Michael French

October 3rd 2008 at 1:23PM

Wright, Houser, Vrabeck, Rigopolus, Garriott, Newell and others donate to presidential campaigns

Here on Develop we report a lot about the political lobbying done by our local trade associations ELSPA and Tiga when it comes to defending the interests of game developers. But what about when it comes to what our development brethren over the pond do during their dialogues with their parliamentarians?

GamePolitics has an interesting post up dissecting the various filings available on each of the presendtial candidates, and has sifted through the Republican and Democrat donations lists to find key luminaries. Did you know Will Wright was a republican? Does it surprise you that Sam Houser and John Riccitiello were some the biggest spenders, donating close to $5000 each to Barak Obama? (Although the biggest was Harmonix's Alex Rigopulos at $32,000.)

Key highlights are:

Republican contributors:

  • Will Wright: (Spore, The Sims) $3,000 to McCain; previously donated $2,350 to Giuliani
  • Bobby Kotick (Activision CEO) $2,300 to McCain; previously donated $2,100 to Romney
  • Curt Schilling (38 Studios) $2,300 to McCain.

Democratic contributors:


Click here to see GamePolitics full listing, listing donations from George Lucas, ESA bods and more.