In addition to Donald Trump, there were two more winners this past presidential election cycle – Uber Technologies, Inc. and Airbnb Inc. The two companies, poster children for the sharing economy, chalked up business from both campaigns, based on data from Hamilton Place Strategies, a public affairs consulting company that analyzes federal election filings. According to the firm, the Clinton and Trump campaigns spent more than $65,000 on sharing economy services. (See also: The Story of Uber.)
Ride-sharing accounted for a majority of car travel expenses this election season and represented "the largest increase in congressional car service demand since 2010," according to the consultants' report. In fact, Clinton's campaign depended more on Uber than on taxis. At the same time, temporary accommodations through home-sharing sites accounted for a miniscule 0.6 percent of overall money spent on accommodations. However, home-sharing sites still earned a tidy $140,000 from all congressional campaigns, the firm wrote. (See also: The Pros and Cons of Using Airbnb.)
A Recode report adds more color to the statistics. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign spent $17,011 on Uber, nearly four times the Trump campaign's expense total of $4,791 with the same company. In 2015, Clinton announced her opposition to Uber's hiring practices, which classify the service's drivers as contractors. She said she would "crack down on bosses that exploit employees by misclassifying them as contractors or even steal their wages."
On the other hand, President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, is pro-Uber and pro-sharing economy. The Trump campaign outdid Clinton’s $1,218 expense on Airbnb by spending $22,660 on the shared accommodation site. While that may not be a lot, it's still a "decent amount for people working to get a hotel magnate elected," according to Recode. (See also: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns From President's Economic Advisory Council.)