Surveillance, immigration, tax reform: Apple spends a record amount on lobbying Trump

Lobbying is one of the industries with the highest returns on investment, as you can see in the infographic below, since a few hundred thousand in the right places can save or net you billions when a legislation goes your way. The Silicon Valley giants aren't the biggest spenders when it comes to lobbying, as they all have pretty self-sustainable business models, yet they have been shelling out record amounts in the past quarter to influence the Trump administration, with Apple nearly doubling its DC efforts, compared to the $1.2 million spent in the same period last year.

The main focus of the influence campaigns has been on immigration, as the Silicon Valley needs those skilled workers, and Apple's CEO Tim Cook has even been pretty direct with President Trump in his disapproval of the new immigration guidelines that the administration has been ramming through. Apple’s filings also include lobbying efforts towards government surveillance, patent reform, climate change, accessibility, public health, diversity, and education - all issues that are near and dear to the company. 

With the huge amount of back taxes that the European Commission says Apple owes, and the lengthy litigation about it ahead, it is not surprising that Apple spends a few dollars lobbying for tax reform as well. All in all, however, the measly $2.2 million Apple spent in DC last quarter, is nothing compared to what the military contractors, healthcare or extraction industries shell out so that Uncle Sam keeps things nice and cozy for them.

source: Recode



1. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

This is fake news, someone trying to drag Tim Cook down to well, also impeach Trump for this!!

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

"this is fake news" "Impeach Trump" You can't impeach someone when it's claimed fake news. Unless it's real news and Tim Cook does fraud and guilty. You should impeach Cook as well

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Trump might end up impeached if the election probe involving Russia is found legit. But money speaks, after all... Might as well bail himself out of the probe - he's got what it takes, anyways.

4. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Trump can only be impeached if Russia actively manipulated the election. Since this has not happened Trump will certainly not be impeached because of the election. That doesn't mean however, that Trump won't. get impeached because of something else.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Trump can be impeached for any reason. Nothing is clearly defined here. All that's needed is for a majority of the House to vote to indict and ⅔ of the Senate to convict. Since republicans in House and Senate won't do anything (unless he loses his cultist base) Trump is here to stay.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It did happen. I guess you can't read facts very well!

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its already been found legit, because Trump Jr admitted to it. Also I am sure Trump was very well aware because he used the info gained. The info gained wasnt even a big deal. I read the email and none of them contained classfied infomation. But Trump Jr email shows the Trump's colluded with Russia to help his dad win. If this was Clinton or Obama, the impeachment proceedings would have been goign already. But because its a Republican, and they have control of the house and senate, its taking longer. Apple is kissing up to Trump, so he doesn't sign Qualcomm's import band on iPhone. That's ok though, Qualcomm has just one more ACE it can pull. If the US Gov't doesn't band Apple products from being imported, since most come from China, Qualcomm can see a band on exporting the good from China to anywhere. But Qualcomm has to go to US first, because apple is a US corporation. But if that fails, they can prevent the export from China, who likely under present terms would do exactly that.

18. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

what the hell crap are you vomiting techiexp, 6 months of nothing found and even a month after appointing a hillary and nobahma supporter and lawyers that all gave to the hillary campaign they still have nothing, yet hillarys campaign did, in fact, take info from foreign country to use against trump and with paying rigged pollers to try and show trump voters to stay home because he is losing was fake, even cnn and others said live on air they did all they could to help her, the fact is trump is a business man and this country is a giant business and its time apple brings the trillions back to usa and not hold it in offshore accounts so to stop from getting taxed, same goes for all the other companies, apple just wants cheap parts and laber with max profit for them, hell i own stocks in apple so its great to make me money they are only $140 a share right now

21. AxelFoley unregistered

Since I'm from the US, I'll correct your mistakes. 1. The Hillary Clinton Campaign did not take info from a foreign country. The DNC, a private organization, hired a consultant who had info on Trump's campaign chairman, which the Ukraine released to the media anyway. 2. There is nothing on "rigged pollers". You got that from a Russian bot posting a meme on Facebook. The only issue the Republican controlled White House and congress can come up with is requests to "unmask" names of Trump people talking to foreigners, which is so legal that there is a formal process to do it. 3. Trump is a business man who makes ALL of his products overseas and his club requested additional visas for foreign workers this week. Your dream of him bringing jobs and money back to the US isn't he something he's doing for himself. He loves cheap labor more than Apple.

17. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i love how the illegals and non us residents here dont like trump, they want china and others to control the usa market, and most powerful country on the planet , try again losers

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So you're saying cook supports Trump?

19. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i know my immigrant ass does and am not even a citizen

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They're doing this for more than just immigration. The incoming sales ban from the QC lawsuit will likely get a veto as well just as before with Obama. Just that this time it will have been paid for by Apple because they're more than willing to work with shady individuals to screw the customer over.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Do me a favor. Click on the source and tell us the title of that article.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

"Apple, Amazon and Google spent record sums to lobby Trump earlier this summer" There you go little guy. Next time you need help just ask your carer or handler, it will be easier for you.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Doesn't that mean your above rant should be aimed at THREE separate companies? Or has that Apple hatred deluded you into thinking companies aren't going to lobby, even if the President is a complete joke?

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Thanks brosephine. I'm hoping you have something to say as well about Amazon and Google.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple kissing up to Trump, so that Trump doesn't sign Qualcomm's trying to ban iPhone imports. However, he may not have a choice, no matter how much Apple is paying Trump not too. Qualcomm can then appeal to the Supreme Court. Hwoever, only the President can veto it, like Obama did. If Trump doesn't ban the imports of iPhone's when its using tech they don't want to pay for, Samsung can use that in its own case to say; then if you are never goign to penalize Apple, you're not goign to penalize us either.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You have no f**king clue how any of this works... just stfu and go back to playing Yugioh.

16. Big_D5

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

Another reason why I don't use apple products.

20. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Have to say Tim Cook has a real sour-face frown on in that picture...

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