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Apple hires pro-Trump lobbyist to help battle potential tariffs on iPhone and more


Added 11-14-19 06:31:02pm EST - “Apple is leaning on a close ally of Donald Trump to help it avoid tariffs on iPhone parts and other products. A lobbying registration form first discovered by CNBC indicates that Apple has hired Jeffery Miller to lobby on its behalf…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Apple hires pro-Trump lobbyist to help battle potential tariffs on iPhone and more - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple is leaning on a close ally of Donald Trump to help it avoid tariffs on iPhone parts and other products. A lobbying registration form first discovered by CNBC indicates that Apple has hired Jeffery Miller to lobby on its behalf in Washington.

According to the document, Apple will rely on Miller and his team to focus on “trade issues as they relate to technological goods and services.”

Miller has close ties to Trump and the rest of his administration. He served as the vice finance chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, then became a top fundraiser.

In comparison to other Silicon Valley companies, Apple spends a relatively small amount on Washington lobbying every year. It’s unclear, however, how much Apple will pay Miller and the rest of his team for this round of lobbying.

Apple has spent more than $5.5 million on lobbying efforts throughout 2019, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Most of those funds have gone toward paying their own in-house lobbyists, but it has tapped four other firms outside the company for help this year.

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