VCs Back Obama, Romney Campaigns; One Likes “Obamney”

With presidential primary season heating up, it seemed like a timely point to check up on donation records, and who the most popular pick is among VCs who like to make campaign contributions.

There were no big surprises. Nearly all I looked up donated to either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, with the plurality of contributions going to the incumbent president, according to records on the website OpenSecrets.org. I couldn’t find a single Rick Perry supporter, and no one in the Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann or Newt Gingrich camps.

The list of Obama supporters includes VCs with a history of Democratic allegiance, including Westly Group’s Steve Westly and August Capital’s Andy Rappaport, each of whom gave $2,500. Other Obama backers include Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Greylock Partners, Ron Conway of SV Angel, Ross Jaffe of Versant Ventures and Brook Byers of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Romney supporters include Robert Kagle, Bill Gurley and Bruce Dunlevie of Benchmark Capital, Mary Meeker and Meg Whitman, both affiliated with Kleiner Perkins, Sandy Miller of Institutional Venture Partners, and Jennifer Fonstad of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

DFJ’s Tim Draper, meanwhile, has been playing both sides of the fence, making contributions to both Obama and Romney, according to OpenSecrets.

One longshot candidate, former Utah Governor John Huntsman, also got a bit of support from VCs.  Jim Swartz, a founder at Accel Partners and a Utah resident, donated $2,500 to the campaign, while Accel’s Bud Colligan donated a grand.