CNBC is reporting “Apple has hired one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies in Washington, D.C., to lobby on its behalf as it looks to avoid getting hit with another round of tariffs.”
His name is Jeffrey Miller, which as CNBC notes:
Miller’s firm effectively registered to lobby for Apple in October but the disclosure report was signed by him on Thursday, the document said. He was vice finance chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee before he became a top fundraiser for the president’s reelection campaign. In the third quarter he bundled $255,000 for the Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising operation between the campaign and the Republican National Committee, a Federal Election Commission record shows.
The report does note Apple’s political history:
Apple has spent more than $5.5 million on lobbying efforts throughout 2019, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Most of those funds have gone toward paying their own in-house lobbyists but it has tapped four other firms outside the company for help this year.
Apple describes his hiring out of goodwill for “trade issues as they relate to technological goods and services.”
Apple and more specifically Apple CEO Tim Cook has had a great relationship with President Trump, with people calling their relationship a success for Apple.
Apple declined to comment to CNBC and Miller did not respond to a comment request.