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Tim Cook to host fundraiser for Paul Ryan

TechCrunch TechCrunch 20/06/2016 Kate Conger

Tim Cook is scheduled to hold a fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan, just weeks after Apple reportedly pulled its support from the Republican National Convention.

Cook will co-host the breakfast fundraiser with Apple’s treasurer, Gary Wipfler, according to Politico. The money raised at the June 28 breakfast will benefit Ryan and other Republican members of the House.

Cook is outspoken on a number of political issues, including LGBT rights and anti-discrimination legislation. It’s likely that several of the policies proposed by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump raised eyebrows at Apple HQ and prompted the company to withdraw its support from the convention (Apple has supported both the Democratic and Republican conventions in years past).

Although Ryan has backed Trump’s presidential bid, he seems to still have misgivings about the candidate, referring to him as “racist.”

“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences,” Ryan wrote of Trump in his endorsement. “I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”

Cook is no stranger to political giving, and, like other tech CEOs, he donates to politicians in both parties. According to FEC records, Cook gave money to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and has donated to both Democratic and Republican members of Congress.

Apple declined to comment on the fundraiser. 

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