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Apple CEO Tim Cook, VP Lisa Jackson to host Clinton fundraising event

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Vice President of of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson are holding an event for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund" on Aug. 24.




Cook is hosting the fundraiser as a private event, and not an Apple-sponsored one. In a show of bipartisanship by Cook, the gathering follows June's fundraiser for Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a representative from Wisconsin.

Apple itself has no in-house political action committee, and generally remains neutral in politics.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has supported both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, but not Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The invitation, seen by BuzzFeed, requests contributions at $2,700, $10,000, or $50,000 per head. An address for the event will be provided to contributors closer to the event's date.

The Hillary Victory Fund is a joint fundraising committee supporting 33 state Democrat committees, the Democratic National Committee, and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign organization. The fund is controversial, with an independent analysis in April finding that less than one percent of $61 million was ultimately retained by the state parties' efforts.

Even though Cook personally held the fundraiser for some Republicans, the company did not support the Republican National Convention over candidate Donald Trump's comments on minorities, women, and immigrants.

However, AppleInsider has learned that Apple supported the Democratic National Convention with a traditional loan of hardware, as it has made to both parties for previous conventions.

Besides making politically charged remarks about minorities and others, Trump has been critical of Apple itself. Trump has promised to force Apple to manufacture its products in the U.S. instead of overseas.

In February, he suggested a boycott of Apple products unless it assisted the Department of Justice and the FBI to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c. Despite the boycott call, Trump continues to use Apple products, most recently a MacBook Pro during his post-nomination "ask me anything" on Reddit.