Republican party officials and campaign staffers for US president Donald Trump prefer riding with Uber, while almost completely ignoring Lyft. That’s according to campaign filings reviewed by Quartz, spanning from Jan. 1 to now.
The expenditures are required to be posted publicly by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Lyft has vocally opposed certain policies pursued by the Trump administration, such as with immigration, tending to lean left.
“We’re woke,” Lyft president John Zimmer told Time magazine in 2017. “Our community is woke, and the US population is woke.”
That same year, Lyft pledged $1 million to the ACLU in response to president Trump’s anti-immigration agenda. During the 2018 midterm elections, Lyft provided underserved communities with free rides to the polls. (There remains some debate about Lyft’s level of “wokeness.”)
Uber, for its part, has long been a GOP darling. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush took an Uber for photographers, and Marco Rubio has used Uber as a way to tout free-market ideals. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joined then-president-elect Trump’s nascent business advisory council in December 2016, but stepped down less than two months later amid public outcry.
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Trump’s reelection campaign, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., made 432 payments to Uber for a total of $6,539.03 between January and now. It has made 1,885 payments to Uber since Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, for a total of $50,317.15.
Spending by some, but not all, Democratic presidential contenders shows an apparent preference for Lyft.
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has made six payments to Lyft this quarter, for a total of $921.90. He did not spend any money with Uber in that same period and, in fact, has never paid Uber anything, according to historical FEC filings.