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Apple Boycotts Trump Republican Convention

Another major corporation dumps their normal donation to the Republican National Convention…

Apple Withholds Support For GOP Convention Because Of Donald Trump

The real estate mogul’s candidacy is growing costlier for the party every day.

Apple will not contribute funds or other resources for the Republican National Convention due to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s prejudiced remarks, Politico reported on Saturday.

The decision by one of the United States’ largest and most popular companies is the biggest corporate defection from the Republican convention, where the party will formally nominate Donald Trump. And it marks a significant win for progressive groups, which are pressuring major companies to boycott the convention over Trump.

Apple specifically pointed to Trump’s comments about minority groups, immigrants and women in explaining its choice, two sources with knowledge of the decision told Politico.

“The Apple news raises the bar for other corporations,” Rashad Robinson, a spokesman for ColorOfChange PAC, said in a statement. The PAC is leading efforts to pressure companies not to participate in this year’s GOP gathering.

“Not only has Apple declined to support the Republican National Convention, but they’ve explicitly told Republican leaders that Trump’s bigoted rhetoric is the reason that they’re sitting out,” Robinson said. “This is what real corporate responsibility looks like.”

There is likely little love lost between the tech giant and the presumptive GOP nominee. Trump called for a boycott of Apple in February when the company refused to unlock the iPhone of one of the gunmen in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California in December. (Nonetheless, Trump continued to use Apple products after his pronouncement.)

An Apple spokesman declined to comment. The Republican National Committee did not immediately responded to a request for comment.

Emily Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland 2016 host committee, a nonprofit helping finance this year’s GOP convention, said the committee has already raised 90 percent of its budget. That means it raised funds at a faster rate than the previous two Republican conventions, according to Lauer.

“While the media’s focus has been on those who aren’t participating, what continues to be looked past is the fact that the Cleveland Host Committee continues to make forward progress in our fundraising efforts through the participation of more than 100 donors,” Lauer said.

Interesting you should say that Emily…

Floundering Trump campaign sends out ’emergency’ email to raise $100,000 by end of the day

Setting their sights low, the campaign of presumptive 2016 GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump sent out an “emergency” email Saturday morning with a goal of raising $100,000 by the end of the day — for a campaign that is expected to cost in the hundreds of millions.

With the Clinton campaign launching a multi-million dollar ad blitz at Trump in the wake of his ill-timed comments on the Orlando shooting, the Trump campaign is making an appeal to Republican donors at the same time that the party appears to be shunning him.

According to the email, “Right now we’re facing an emergency goal of $100,000 to help get our ads on the air. We need your contribution by 11:59 P.M. tonight,”

The email continues, “Crooked Hillary is about to invade your TV with ads attacking Mr. Trump. But we’re preparing to fight back,” adding Trump has plans to attack Clinton over Benghazi and the FBI probe into her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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HP Bails on Donating to RNC Convention for Trump

HP joins Coca Cola and Microsoft in either massively reducing their support or bailing out entirely. It is unknown at this point how many smaller companies may have bailed out as well in protest.

HP Inc. Joins Companies Declining to Contribute to G.O.P. Convention

Hewlett Packard Inc. has joined a growing list of major corporations that are declining to help pay for the Republican National Convention, aspressure builds on the business community to repudiate Donald J. Trump.

Before it split into two last year, Hewlett-Packard had been a generous contributor to Republican causes in the past. Meg Whitman, the company’s chief executive before the split and now the leader of HP Enterprises, is a former Republican nominee for governor in California. She has forcefully denounced Mr. Trump in the past, calling him a “dishonest demagogue” and condemning his statements on women, Muslims and others as “repugnant.”

The African-American activist group Color of Change, which has been one of the leaders of the campaign to get companies to cut their donations to the convention, said it had received word from Hewlett Packard last week that it would not be making any cash donations to the Republican or Democratic conventions this year. A company spokeswoman confirmed the decision.

HP Inc. joins Coca-Cola and Microsoft in deciding to either significantly curtail or eliminate its monetary support to the Republican convention.

Coca-Cola has declined to match the $660,000 it gave for the 2012 Republican convention, donating only $75,000 for this year and indicating that it does not plan to provide more.

Microsoft will provide only software and technical assistance to the Republicans’ event, while it plans to give that and monetary support to Democrats.

Political conventions and the cities that host them rely tremendously on corporate donations to fund their expenses, which can exceed $100 million when security costs are included. But companies have been wary of committing to the Republican National Convention this year given Mr. Trump’s provocative and offensive statements on women and minorities.

A Color for Change spokesman, Rashad Robinson, said Tuesday that it planned to keep the pressure on companies that have not yet said whether they would fund the convention, which starts July 18.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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