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Silicon Valley's Unique Politics Explained, in Six Charts

The tech elite love the Democratic Party in the same way they love the health care, transportation and education industries -- as a hodgepodge of aging leaders ripe for disruption.

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Of late, the news has been thick with clashes between Democratic politicians and Silicon Valley titans.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio waged a high-profile battle with Uber, only to be soundly defeated by the company. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have spent millions of dollars funding the controversial public charter school movement and have become villains in the eyes of many liberals.

And yet, Silicon Valley loves the Democratic Party: In the 2012 presidential election, 83 percent of top tech firms’ contributions went to President Obama’s election campaign.

But old-guard Democrats may come to regret this love affair. The tech elite love the Democratic Party in the same way they love the health care, transportation and education industries — as a hodgepodge of aging leaders ripe for disruption.

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.