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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Apple News’ plan for the 2018 midterms: Be the opposite of Facebook – June 26, 2018
Apple shoots for the high ground in ‘fake news’ debate – June 26, 2018
Apple News launches 2018 Midterm Elections section – June 25, 2018
Editorial bias: Apple News’s human editors prefer a few major newsrooms, study shows – June 6, 2018
Apple, J.P. Morgan under fire for donations to notorious Southern Poverty Law Center – August 28, 2017
New York magazine editor Lauren Kern named first Editor-in-Chief of Apple News – May 25, 2017
Apple refuses to aid 2016 GOP presidential convention over Trump comments – June 18, 2016
Who’s going to ‘curate’ Apple News? – August 13, 2015
The Apple News app is doomed – July 30, 2015
The future’s not looking too bright for Apple News – July 30, 2015
Apple hiring team of journalists for News app; a ‘jaw-dropping’ development says publisher – June 15, 2015
Apple News is fast, responsive, enjoyable, and it might become your only news app – July 15, 2015
Apple News shows that Apple wants to bolster and profit from ads, not eliminate them – July 10, 2015
Apple News to have human curation – and that raises issues – June 15, 2015
Apple employees donate $15 to Obama for every $1 to Romney – July 27, 2012
Apple, other tech firm employees’ contributions favor Democrats over Republicans, Obama over Clinton – April 14, 2008

77 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The problem in this country is well on display in this thread – Republican intolerance/immaturity. You all resort to name calling and bluster, much like the president. Immature. We aren’t all teenagers. How is adult, civil conversation possible in that milieu?

    1. “The problem in this country is well on display in this thread – Republican intolerance/immaturity.”

      The problem in this country is well on display in this thread – Democrat intolerance/immaturity.

      There, I fixed it for you …

  5. “…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.” Or MDN.

  6. Most smart, educated and creative people are left Liberal… in fact the definition of Liberal makes you above the average! just google it.. then tell us what parts of being a liberal you don’t want to identify with.. because you will be admitting your really douche bag… opposite of liberal is Closed minded, bigot, racist, not open to new ideas… judgmental based on Feelings… easily conned.. LOL!! I love being a liberal as were the founders of this country ! They had the liberal idea that we should elect our government.. the liberal idea that we have certain rights as individuals.. Apple is a very liberal company.. run by a gay man.. and liberal creative people.. and liberal software engineers who are also creative people… So of course they give to organizations that don’t want to kill them for existing but claim to love the products they create! Making money and being a liberal are not in conflict.. liberals just dint want to be total dicks in making that money ! 🙂

    1. “Most smart, educated and creative people are left Liberal… in fact the definition of Liberal makes you above the average! just google it.”

      First off, that is a blanket statement without any facts. Liberals are not the majority in the U.S. from articles I Googled, so another blanket statement. That is something that is more opinion than fact. How do you measure it statistically? Answer, impossible you cannot ask 300+ million people.

      Now I know the liberal elitists here on MDN and elsewhere think they know everything about everything.

      Still, you are making a ridiculous assertion. Most successful businessmen, lawyers and doctors I know are conservative. What does that mean? Nothing, much like your post…

  7. Have you been to the SF Bay Area. I do not believe there are any Republican STATE or FEDERAL representative within 50 miles of Silicon Valley (there might be a Rep in the farm country near Gilroy or 50 miles east to Tracy) so it sounds about right.

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