91% of contributions by Apple employees have gone to Democrats vs. 9% to Republicans since 2004

“This marks the third in GovPredict’s analysis of the giving patterns of employees of major American corporations… today we study Apple,” Emil Pitkin reports for GovPredict. “Our analysis spanned from 2004 to 2018… Contributions to federal committees were collected from the FEC bulk download; contributions to state committees were collected from each of the states’ election commission websites; contributions to local committees were collected from various municipal election websites; contributions to 527 organizations were collected from the IRS website.”

“Since 2004, 95.5% of contributions by Apple employees to local committees have gone to Democrats ($83,635 versus $3,975, respectively), and 4.5% to Republicans. Since 2010, 91% of Apple employee contributions to state committees have gone to Democrats, and 9% to Republicans ($374,784 versus $39,224, respectively),” Pitkin reports. “Since 2014, 100% of Apple employee contributions to partisan 527 organizations have gone to Democrats. Since 2004, 90.5% of Apple employee contributions to federal committees have gone to Democrats, and 9.5% to Republicans ($5,168,070 versus $544,154, respectively).”

“In total, 91% of Apple employee contributions have gone to Democrats, and 9% to Republicans,” Pitkin reports. “Here are recent presidential candidates and how much they received from Apple employees: Hillary Clinton – $1,816,568… Donald Trump – $6,786.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of your politics, human curation of things like the App Store and Apple News should be a concern.

If you’re not concerned, simply flip it the other way and imagine that 91% of contributions by Apple employees have gone to Republicans vs. 9% to Democrats and see if you’d then be concerned about human curation of products like Apple News.

Once again, do not solely trust Apple News or Google News or ABC News or Sky News or CNN or Fox News or The BBC or, for God’s sake, Facebook. Do not trust any single gatekeeper.

The best way to consume so-called “news” is to cast a wide net. There is no such thing as a truly impartial journalist or algorithm.

As always, readers of “news” need to consider the sources and interpret what they are being told accordingly. The more disparate sources you can find, the better. And we don’t mean different newspaper, network, website brands that are all owned by the same conglomerate. Determining the actual ownership of your “news” sources is an investment that requires a bit of time, but it is very enlightening. — MacDailyNews Take, June 17, 2015

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  1. Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News – Bernard Goldberg, January 21, 2003

    In his nearly thirty years at CBS News, Emmy Award winner Bernard Goldberg earned a reputation as one of the preeminent reporters in the television news business. When he looked at his own industry, however, he saw that the media far too often ignored their primary mission: to provide objective, disinterested reporting. Again and again he saw that the news slanted to the left. For years, Goldberg appealed to reporters, producers, and network executives for more balanced reporting, but no one listened. The liberal bias continued.

      1. Wikileaks: naive pseudo journalists used by anti-American state funded agencies to spread FUD.

        Legitimate journalists disclose their funders. Political operations like Wkileaks create elaborate schemes to hide their true purpose. Worse, Wikileaks or their handlers have been found to alter, insert, and selectively withhold parts of their info leaks. This reeks of highly biased politicking. It is no coincidence that Wikileaks is untrusted by legitimate companies and governments around the world. Putin and his puppets however do not care. They successfully convinced the core of the low-info conservatives in the USA that one-party rule is good. Putin now has no one in power in DC to stop him from dismantling the institutions that once made the USA great.

        Putin doesn’t need to retweet Faux news. He is above that. He instructs Wikileaks and Faux News what propaganda and Fud to release, and when. Then the self proclaimed libertarians here eat it up.

    1. Where is the evidence that party affiliation affects job performance for either electrical engineers or editors? Most physicians are Republicans (see where the AMA spends its money). That hardly means that Democrats get worse medical care (if you adjust for income).

      1. “Where is the evidence that party affiliation affects job performance for either electrical engineers or editors?”

        Simple. Something that is impossible to measure. You know that Libtard. Don’t waste our time.

        That said, since over 90% of media employees are Democrats does that affect media coverage? No way. CNN and NYT are 100% Republican. Yeah, right.

        Hey, did you see the lowest unemployment in 49 years. Are you going to give President Trump due credit, for once?

      1. The liberal lamestream media is owned by corporations that use their vile media lapdogs to do their bidding. Why should these corporations have a political voice but not others?

        Even PBS is a corporation.

    1. And that’s why the libturds nominated the most corrupt candidate in modern history!

      Thanks to libtard stupidity we have Trump, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh !!! MAGA!

      1. The most corrupt candidate in history is sitting in the White House tweeting Fox propaganda talking points now. Without Fred Trump’s political connections, Don would be in jail.

        The republithugs will attempt to slander the source, but finally out come the facts behind Donny’s “I’ll release my tax returns” charade. Self made business man, my ass. There is no crime syndicate more scummy than the Trump family.


        1. Notice that the NYT had Trump’s tax returns (I’m sure there is some privacy laws broken there, but I digress), and as much as the NYT scoured Trump’s taxes, they report on tax schemes (much like Clinton Global Initiative) but my oh my, HOW QUIET THE NEW YORK TIMES IS REGARDING RUSSIAN COLLUSION JUST DRIPPING FROM THOSE TRUMP TAX RETURNS!

          Mueller should just pack it up on this fake premise and Trump witch hunt and it should take Michael Dell’s Apple advice and ISIDAGTMBTTT – I’d shut it down and give the money back to the taxpayers.

          1. “Notice that the NYT had Trump’s tax returns”. The Times does not have the tax returns and the article is not based on the tax returns. Should one read an article before one makes a comment on it??? Nah…. let’s just make a word salad.

        2. “The most corrupt candidate in history is sitting in the White House“

          NO, that would be Hillary buying off and controlling the DNC to deny Bernie the nomination. Also the largest campaign cash pile in history from dubious sources. Followed by her sexual abuser husband that needs to go to jail in a cell next to Bill Cosby …

          1. No real need to pile on, GoeB. Cosby drugged his conquests, Clinton achieved them with his star status. There still exists a sliver of legal and moral difference between consensual and non-consensual sex.

            That being said, ugly and dirty things are done all around, but that is due to our crazy humanity. It isn’t innately political. I for one don’t vote for a candidate’s moral uprightness. I vote for what he can do for me, for my kith and kin, and my country. That’s what Trump’s voters said to themselves, after all. And we’ll see, won’t we? Listen, GoeB: I trust the system. By that I mean the Constitution. The founding fathers had a pretty good idea about what kind of royalist ideas might crop up after jump-starting the United States, and they put up a wall. It’s held up so far.

            1. Juanita Broderick has been a regular in the media allegedly accusing just last week on Fox News, Clinton of rape. She said NBC news sat on her original story back then.

              Paula Jones was allegedly flashed by his penis and ran out of the room.

              Kathleen Wiley allegedly was cornered in the White House and could not leave.

              Other than that, the yes, rest were consensual…

    2. “Well, MDN does often highlight that the average intelligence of Apple users is higher than average. Just saying.”

      That is due to the percentage of “Republican” Apple users being in the mix of “Democrat” Apple users thus help in grading on the curve among all Apple users intelligence. Thanks to that, they are Making Apple Great Again (MAGA). You’re welcome.

      Just saying. : )

  2. When I first opened the News app, it asked me to select news sources. I was free to select mainstream news sources, right wing or left wing news sources.

    I dispute the idea that the mainstream news is left wing. A commenter posted a 15-year-old quote from Bernard Goldberg reflecting on his 30 years of reporting. I don’t think that news reporting from 1973 through 2003 is anything like it is today, so I reject that quote as having any current relevance.

    The truth is that the main providers of news are owned by large corporations which reflect the political views of the donor class and the wealthy. They do not reflect the views of the middle class or the working class.

      1. Who owns the major media outlets?
        Since when does corporate America lean liberal?

        If the media were actually liberal they’d have a labor section, not a business section.

        1. “Who owns the major media outlets?

          If you are saying ALL corporations are Republican you are beyond clueless. Apple the largest corporation in history is owned by Democrats. Next …

          1. The number of folks who vote against their own best interests in this country is skewed to the poor people who vote for the folks who cut taxes on the rich, and cut the programs that help themselves.

            Well there is also something to be said for the sector of smart-rich people as well. But I’d wager a majority of wealthy folks to keep the status-quo, and that would be the Republicans. “Make America Great Again” is a metaphor for that whole clusterfuck of racism, jingoism, and short sightedness.

            1. “Make America Great Again” is a metaphor for that whole clusterfuck of racism, jingoism, and short sightedness.“

              Absolutely not brainless! Black and Hispanic employment is at an all time HIGH. Unemployment is at a 49 year low. MAGA is for everyone including your pathetic ass …

    1. “I dispute the idea that the mainstream news is left wing.”

      Absolutely correct! They are most definitely right wing. Never mind their contributions go to Democrats 90% of the time, does not matter one particle… /s

  3. To be fair, one has to consider that Apple is based in California, which is heavily Democratic. That’s going to skew the results. At the national level, there’s almost no Presidential campaigning by Republicans in California. It also skews the quality of Republican candidates at the local and State level.

    So, while it looks disconcerting so much money goes to the Dems, you also have to realize that many of the best Republican candidates won’t waste their time on running when they know they have little chance of winning. So, the money becomes even more skewed.

        1. No, he doesn’t understand. He thinks that people with master’s degrees living in one of the most racially and culturally diverse areas in America (and THE most diverse in sexuality) can be expected to vote exactly the same as Anglo men with high school educations living in Appalachia or the Deep South.

          He is surprised when, for example, most Hispanic citizens (and other immigrants) do not support an administration that lumps them in with criminals and that pardons a sheriff convicted of detaining legal US residents solely because they are brown.

          He is surprised when many African-Americans do not support “law and order” strategies that promote police violence, and do not welcome the accusation that opposing that violence is unpatriotic.

          He is surprised when women who have experienced sexual harassment or assault (which is to say, most women) do not support policies that regard wealthy prep school and fraternity boys as more threatened than even their female classmates, to say nothing of poor women.

          He is surprised when the sizable population of people in the Bay Area who have non-traditional sexual attitudes do not support the crescendo of administration policies that disadvantage them.

          He is surprised when people with preexisting health conditions do not support policies that are guaranteed to eventually make their insurance unaffordable.

          He is surprised when people do not praise the administration to high heaven for its remarkable success in not screwing up the economic recovery that began eight years ago, or point out that the recent increases in the median wage have been consumed by inflation (rich people are, as usual, doing very well).

          He is surprised when young people do not support economic policies that massively increase the national debt they will be expected to pay someday without providing them offsetting benefits, or policies that cut public support for higher education, forcing them into massive personal debt.

          He is surprised that people who have graduated from college do not support policies that ignore science and evidence in favor of anti-intellectual conspiracy theories.

          I am not surprised by any of those things. I am only surprised by the number of Americans who continue to swallow the flim-flam when it is clearly not serving their personal interest.

          1. YOU LIE!!! Don’t put thoughts in my head and don’t tell me what I know and don’t know! And keep your shameful ugly stereotypes on YOU where they belong! A new pathetic LOW for you liberal liar. You’re just butt hurt Susan Collins is not going to kowtow to liberal smear merchants like yourself. Cry me a river. 😭

            Unemployment at 49-year low. WooHoo!!! No credit from you to the president once again? Gee, what a surprise. Your HATE blinds you, sad to see time and time again. Where it started? LOL! The U.S. started in 1776 with the Constitution. Obama could NOT get it done in 8 years, Trump got it done with smart policies and lifting job killing regulations in less than 2 years. Absolutely REMARKABLE …

    1. You’re correct but you can tailor Apple News so they can’t bombard you with CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, etc.

      In fact, you can turn off politics, which will cut the Trump and GOP bashing by about a 3rd. If you go purely science, they will still find a way to bash.

    2. I find it interesting that people say that colleges affect a persons political preference. I got a mathematics degree and don’t ever remember talking about politics. Its possible that some colleges may be different, but I’ve been to several and haven’t discussed politics ever. Maybe education in general creates a liberal bias? More likely though, people bring their bias to college with them – so, possibly liberals are more likely to go to college?

      1. Are most college professors liberal? Yes, says Penn State Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy Matthew Woessner. Perhaps surprisingly, however, his research shows that liberal bias does not seem to influence right-leaning students. Rather, it insulates left-leaning students, hindering their ability to critically analyze their own ideas. In five minutes, learn more about college liberal bias.

        1. “Liberal bias doesn’t seem to affect conservative students”

          This is not at all surprising considering that conservative mental states are much easier to evoke in people than liberal ones. So extremely easy, in fact, that there are protocols for experimental interventions when you want to push someone’s to the right, like making them tired or distracted, putting them in pain or under a mental burden, or having them smell garbage.

          While liberal attitudes can momentarily be made more conservative, it is very hard to do the opposite with any reliability.

  4. I love this interview with Chevy Chase in which he speaks very matter of factly about how Saturday Night Live is a vehicle for liberal propaganda. He talks specifically about the hatchet job they he did trying to get Carter into office and goes on to say what do you think they’re doing now? (Referring to Sarah Palin) but what is interesting is this…

    When people tell the truth, it makes you less angry. I get it. I know that Apple is a bunch of liberals, and as long as they admit it, I’m cool with that.

    It’s when liberals act surprised to hear that the media is basically all left wing that I get pissed.

  5. Agreed. People need to wake up and stop watching FOX NEWS if they hope to save what few remaining brain cells they have.

    FOX NEWS viewers need to heed MacDailyNews’ advice, and cast a much wider net and start listening to other sources of news. First and foremost, they should learn to read newspapers!

    Good advice, MacDailyNews!

  6. This is why it is all but hilarious when I see Democrats going on and on whining about Russian hackers and fake news. ALL NEWS IS FAKE. They own the media. What they are really upset about is that social media is competing with their sure thing now. That’s not what they want.

    Extended copy of interview: https://youtu.be/ZBN6A3Yf-K4

  7. It would be interesting to see a similar study of the employee contributions at Dell Computers based in Texas. Does location predict political support among employees at high tech companies (assuming Mac aficionados think Dell is high tech company)!

    1. The county where the Dell plant is located has only elected one Democrat to a federal, state, county, or precinct office in the last thirty years, so if contributions are 50-50 that is as telling in its own way as the 91% in Cupertino.

  8. I think these numbers should also show why Apple’s idea of diversity is not one that includes diversity of thought. All they’re interested in is playing the skin game and the genitalia game.

    If you have no diversity of thought, you have no diversity. Realizing this and saying it got their last diversity chief fired.

    If you look at the text from the old 1984 commercial, Apple has become what they once claim to fight against.

    “Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives.

    We have created for the first time in all history a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests of any contradictory true thoughts.

    Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth.

    We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause.

    Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion.

    We shall prevail!

    This is Tim Cook’s Apple in a nutshell now.

      1. A measurable amount would be nice, but Apple is free to do what they want. If they want pretty much zero representation of classical liberal, libertarian, Americanism, or conservative thought amongst their ranks, that’s fine. Just don’t pretend like Apple is a diverse environment. Far from it. Just sick of the hypocrisy.

        1. Then you’re going to be sick for a long time. Hypocrisy, which is pretence of virtue, is hard-wired into our brains. We can hardly help ourselves. We are all politicians. We always put our best foot forward. We are inexhaustible in our creative production of excuses. We use makeup, we disguise ourselves with clothing and scents, we dissemble in every way automatically to benefit ourselves even under oath. Lying and pretending are fundamental human survival skills. All literature and law exists to support or resist these primitive impulses.

          It isn’t partisan and it isn’t a school of thought. It’s a mental condition that we all suffer from, and it’s called adaptive compensation. We’re social animals that haven’t had enough time to realise that we’ve managed to take over the world without understanding what we’re doing.

      1. I feel your outrage, but this isn’t the time to go off half-cocked, as my mother often said. Try to get along with your neighbors. They’re the first to show up if your barn catches fire. Maybe they voted different from you because their crops attracted different government subsidies, or some other reasonable distinction, but they were neighbors first, last, and in the end.

        The trouble is that we don’t know our neighbors any more, and that’s why we can’t bring ourselves to care about them. Most of us are not farmers with roots to the land. We are internet vagabonds, hardly better than carpetbaggers or real estate developers, people who move in, exploit, and then move on.

        A conservative neighbor might caution you about how a proposed local tax would bleed you. A liberal neighbor might point out that the tax would benefit local commerce. I value both neighbors, because they give me something that I can think about and then decide for myself, instead of being told what to do by my cable channel of choice.

  9. The contribution fall into the category of small money. Legislators don’t get elected by small money donations.They all get elected by depending on big money, usually from big industry, Pentagon contractors, and otherwise the 1%. That’s how corruption works in your US. It’s just that the illusion, the mirage of actual Democracy is stronger and more widespread in the US.

    Now back to working on my iMac.

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