Top executives at several major tech companies on Thursday formally endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE.
Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky were both among the endorsers in the business community the Clinton campaign rolled out. Hastings cited his distaste for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE in a statement released by the campaign.
“Trump would destroy much of what is great about America,” he said. “Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it's important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for.”
Hastings is an active political donor who gave to Clinton in 2005, but hasn’t yet given to her presidential campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Chesky was joined by his Airbnb co-founders Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia. He has donated to several Democratic candidates in the past, but not to any presidential campaigns this year.
Some of Silicon Valley’s powerful venture capital firms were also represented among the endorsers. John Doerr and Brook Byers of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers and Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners were both on the endorsements list.
The campaign also used the announcement to tout the support of tech heavyweights who were already tied to Clinton’s run.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, said she supported Clinton more than a year ago. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff backed Clinton in March. And Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, is a financial backer of a data startup that has been a major contractor for the campaign.
Some have observed that Clinton hasn’t received the full-throated support from the tech community that has helped President Obama cast himself as friendly to innovation.
But campaign chairman John Podesta said last month that he thought the campaign would be able to rally the tech sector’s support before election day.
“We’ve gotten more support from tech leaders across Silicon Valley and I think that we welcome that," he said at a conference sponsored by Recode. "They want to know if she's on the level, and that takes a lot of being able to interact."