Apple Withholds Republican Convention Donations Over Trump Politics

Donald-TrumpApple has informed Republican leaders it will not be supporting the party's 2016 presidential convention in Cleveland next month, according to sources who spoke to Politico today.

The decision is reportedly due to comments made by presumptive nominee Donald Trump which the company takes issue with, in particular his controversial positions on the subjects of minorities, women, and immigrants.

Apple has traditionally donated technology and cash to both Republican and Democratic conventions, although no funding was provided to the 2012 Democratic event after the party decided against taking corporate donations.

It's still unclear whether Apple plans to donate to the upcoming Democratic convention in Philadelphia this summer.

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have all said they will provide some support to this year's GOP event, despite general reservations within the tech industry about where the party is headed under Trump's candidacy.

Back in March, Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, where conversation among tech leaders and Republican representatives kept returning to the topic of the GOP candidate's emergence on the political scene. Sources familiar with the event said that the meeting centered more around how and why Trump had attracted support, rather than how to stop him.

Trump has previously singled out Apple for its encryption stance and its refusal to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and at one point suggested people should boycott the company's products unless it complied with the federal agency's demands.

It was later revealed that Trump had tweeted the comment using an iPhone.

No indication was given by the two sources Politico spoke to that Trump's criticism of Apple was behind its decision to withhold support for the Republican event.

Apple will not be alone in its refusal to help with GOP convention efforts. Earlier this month, HP announced it would not provide funding, after coming under pressure from activists at ColorofChange.org.

"We want them to divest from hate; we want them to pull all their money and support," said Mary Alice, field director for Free Press Action Fund, which is part of the anti-Trump campaign. Tech companies backing the convention need to be "thinking hard about where they put their brand, and whether they want to align their brand with racism, hatred and misogyny," she told Politico.

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38 months ago
I'm not sure I'm comfortable with big companies giving free stuff and money to any political party's convention.
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38 months ago
Tim, can you please stop messing with the political **** and release the upgraded Mac Pro?
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38 months ago
Look Cook, you want to be a politician, leave Apple and be a politician - focus on it. You want to be a CEO of a company dependent on innovation, then be a CEO - focus on it.

Right now you're making a mess of the latter to try to be the former.

And as for Trump, he's simply proposing that the number one job of the U.S. President is to look after the interests of the U.S. Citizen - be it in employment at the low-end (illegal immigration), the middle-class (H1-B visas), security in the border regions (illegal immigrants), or security from those groups that _consistently_ look to kill Americans (Radical Islamic Terrorists).
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38 months ago
Apparently Apple's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect for people ends when they don't like your politics... Good to know.... smh...
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38 months ago

More social conditioning from the liberal left wing political agenda.

No, your candidate is just dog ****. Even people on the right can see that.
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38 months ago
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38 months ago
More social conditioning from the liberal left wing political agenda.

Why don't any conservatives have any socially influential technology empires and entertainment monopolies?

I guess they want to turn off half the world to buying their products.

The attempt at social brainwashing doesnt fool me and it strikes me as unprofessional from a tech company. They have lost a lot of my respect due to inappropriate political agendas.
Rating: 62 Votes
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38 months ago

Apparently Apple's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect for people ends when they don't like your politics... Good to know.... smh...

When it comes to Trump, it's no longer just a political disagreement. The man is at best an ignorant bafoon.
Rating: 59 Votes
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38 months ago

Thats just your opinion. Half the country doesnt agree with you.

You and other business and people in general should respect that fact.

Half the country? Pff, Trump wishes he was that popular. In reality his approval ratings is AT BEST 41%, and possibly as low as 26%. ('http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/trump_favorableunfavorable-5493.html')

I don't have to respect anyone. Least of all a disgusting demagogue.
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38 months ago
can you guys not just vote already? its redic how long its going on let alone how much money gets wasted on a election in the US. Companies shouldnt be allowed to "donate" money to either party in the first place
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