From April 1 to June 30, 2017, Apple has spent $2.2 million on lobbying laws in Washington. This is a record for the company amount, which exceeded $1.4 million that Apple spent on the promotion of their interests in the first three months of the year. Thus, the cost of the “Apple” giant on lobbying in the first six months of the presidency, Donald trump was $3.6 million.
An additional $800 000 spent by Apple on their visits to Congress, the Pentagon and the Ministry of Commerce from April to June are also a record amount. Previously, the company has not increased spending on lobbyists more than $330 000 for the quarter.
Such a sharp increase in costs is not surprising, as the iPhone maker does not agree with trump on a number of fundamental questions, ranging from the ban on immigration, ending the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.
“There are things with which we are not even close to agree,” said Tim cook in an interview for Bloomberg Businessweek. However, the Apple CEO showed a willingness to work with trump.
For comparison, Apple has allocated $1.12 million on lobbying in the period from 1 April to 30 June 2016, the last year of the presidency of Barack Obama. Thus, the company has doubled its spending for the year. For the first six months of the Obama presidency, the company spent about $730 000 for the promotion of their interests.
Apple continues to Express their dissatisfaction with corporate tax reform, climate protection, patent reform, attitude to privacy, education and other issues.
Over the last 10 years Apple has gradually increased its expenditure on state regulators. So for the last year of George Bush’s presidency, the company spent $1.3 million, compared to $4.6 million in 2016.