“Disturbed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, U.S. activists have taken out online advertisements, circulated petitions, put up billboards and even chipped in for an airplane banner to try to shame companies into dropping their sponsorships of the Republican National Convention in July,” Emily Stephenson reports for Reuters.

“The campaign, led by the political arm of California-based advocacy group Color of Change, seeks to weaken Trump’s White House bid by pressuring companies to skip the Cleveland convention where he is expected to formally become the nominee,” Stephenson reports. “Minority groups and others have been outraged by Trump’s rhetoric and positions on immigration, including proposals to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, deport millions of immigrants who enter illegally and build a wall along the Mexican border.”

“The anti-Trump effort, which has yielded mixed results, has included letters to executives of more than 30 companies including Coca-Cola and Apple Inc, and conversations with officials at Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and others,” Stephenson reports. “‘As you must know, Mr. Trump has implied that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers and rapists,’ said the letter from Making Change at Wal-Mart, which became public on Thursday… The effort appears to have had little effect on overall fund-raising for Cleveland. Emily Lauer, a spokeswoman, said the event is on track to raise the $64 million needed to meet its budget.””

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