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Intel Corporation, based in Santa Clara, California, U.S., is the world's largest chip maker and is also a "leading manufacturer of computer, networking, and communications products." It was founded in 1968 and made the first microprocessor in 1971.[1] Cofounded by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. One of the key founding investors was Max Palevsky.

In 2007, sales were US$38.3 billion with gross profits of US$19.9 billion. Top competitors are AMD, Samsung Electronics, and Texas Instruments. [1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Intel has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). [2]

A list of ALEC Corporations can be found here.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's, and check out breaking news on our site.

Political contributions

Intel gave $369,197 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 34% to Democrats and 65% to Republicans. [3]


The company spent $1,786,000 for lobbying in 2007. $500,000 went to five lobbying firms which included Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and Quinn Gillespie & Associates. [4]


With 2007 pay:[5]

Board of Directors

Contact details

2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95052 USA
Phone: (408) 765-8080


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  2. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information on American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  3. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed June 2008.
  4. Intel lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed June 2008.
  5. Exec bios, Intel Corporation, accessed June 2008.
  6. Paul S Otellini, Forbes, accessed June 2008.
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  8. Craig R Barrett, Forbes, accessed June 2008.
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