The Mother Jones list of the 400 biggest individual political donors in the last election is an impressive piece of work. Not only do they list the donors, how much they gave, and who they gave it to, they also have articles on each one of them. Naturally, the article on donors from high tech is most interesting to me. I was only slightly surprised that a lot of the Silicon Valley money goes to Republicans (most rich people not in the entertainment industry are Republicans, after all), but I was pretty shocked to learn that Jim Barksdale is a hardcore Republican. What a disappointment.