Big Blue way ahead as tide turns on corporate cash for politicians

Not every company can be like IBM in eschewing political patronage. But if they want to play politics, boardrooms must think before acting

IBM, the tech giant also known as Big Blue, is rare in corporate America in that it does not make political donations

The technology giant IBM is one of the world’s great companies. It has been around for more than a century, earned revenue of $77 billion in 2019, and employs 350,000 people. Big Blue, as it is known, pioneered the computer age; its employees have won five Nobel Prizes and it owns more patents than any other US company.

IBM is also that rare thing in corporate America – it doesn’t do politics. It has never ...