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Apple Reportedly Working With Lobbyists to Stop Parental Rights Bills in Multiple States

Apple Reportedly Working With Lobbyists to Stop Parental Rights Bills in Multiple States

“Apple executives have encouraged other large companies to publicly oppose the legislation, arguing that it promotes discrimination and threatens to harm LGBTQ youth.”

Apple is quietly engaging lobbyists in multiple states to stop parental rights bills like the one that just passed in Florida.

Much like Disney, Apple is getting involved in woke politics and framing this as standing up for LGBT rights when that’s not what’s happening at all.

Note the way the subject is framed in this Politico report by Emily Birnbaum:

Apple wields its lobbying might against LGBTQ laws

Apple is quietly mobilizing its vast resources to lobby against anti-LGBTQ legislation proliferating across the country — an unusual push by one of the world’s most valuable companies into a consequential political debate.

The company, whose CEO, Tim Cook, is the nation’s most visible gay executive, has deployed its lobbyists to oppose legislation that limits protections for trans and gay people or their families in Iowa, Florida, Texas and at least six other states.

Apple’s communications, government affairs and legal offices have also opposed some of the bills, working with policymakers and advocacy groups to plot out strategies and filing court briefs in cases involving LGBTQ rights. And the company is leading part of the broader corporate pushback against the bills — Apple executives have encouraged other large companies to publicly oppose the legislation, arguing that it promotes discrimination and threatens to harm LGBTQ youth.

“It’s not just states where they have a headquarters,” said Jay Brown, the senior vice president of programs, research and training at the LGBTQ rights organization Human Rights Campaign. “It’s states where their customers are, which is all across the country. It is significant in terms of staff time and resources.”

Note: “anti-LGBTQ legislation.”

That’s not what this is about at all. It’s as dishonest as the “don’t say gay” talking point adopted by Democrats and the media.

People are noting a few other problems for Apple.

Laura Ingraham made a good point about this last night:

For decades, corporate America has enjoyed the support of Republicans and conservatives. That is about to change significantly.

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Stay in your lane you evil shits.

You think it’s about to change significantly?

Conservative VOTERS have no love for corporations at this point.

‘Conservative’ politicians are a different matter entirely.

This is simply corporations realizing that they no longer have to CARE what the stupid unwashed masses think, as long as they buy the right politicians.

    CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | April 2, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    The shift is in the translation of the r base view of corporate entities to legislative action. The reality is the base of the right remains conservative or perhaps federalist on social policy. Economic, trade and tax policy though that’s the new thing; a populist right.

    The corporations aligning with the far left on social issues are going to be upset to find the populist right aligned with the populist left on a number of issues near and dear to their corporate hearts. Copyright, Monopoly status, minimum levels of taxation among others.

nordic_prince | April 2, 2022 at 2:28 pm

Because the only way they can grow their movement is via recruitment – hence the full-court press to get at YOUR kids, whom they fancy to be “their” kids.

Funny, though… if they are truly “born that way,” why do they expend so much time and energy in grooming and recruitment? Bit of a contradiction there….

Who still uses Apple?

    henrybowman in reply to McGehee. | April 2, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Unless you have a Rob Braxman De-Googled Phone and a Linux laptop, whatever you have is no better.

      txvet2 in reply to henrybowman. | April 2, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      Or, no cell phone at all. It’s possible – we did without them for thousands of years.

        henrybowman in reply to txvet2. | April 2, 2022 at 5:29 pm

        But the infrastructure we built around earlier modes of communication has already fallen apart to the point where we couldn’t go back there if we wanted.
        Quick, where’s your phone book?

          CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | April 2, 2022 at 6:39 pm

          On my counter next to the phone. In Bama they still send them out.

          txvet2 in reply to henrybowman. | April 2, 2022 at 11:31 pm

          Likewise, my phone book is next to my phone. I actually use it now and then, although all of my frequently used numbers are programmed into my wireless phone and are available with a few clicks. To answer your next question, our telephone system is a cooperative, not associated with any woke company like ATT, and run by conservatives.

        CommoChief in reply to txvet2. | April 2, 2022 at 6:38 pm

        I don’t have a smartphone. Not even a basic dumb cell phone. Couldn’t be happier ditching it. A laptop, an e reader with home VOIP service with an answering machine not voicemail work just fine.

          txvet2 in reply to CommoChief. | April 2, 2022 at 11:38 pm

          I get telephone and internet from the same local cooperative. They’re reasonably priced and conservatively managed. Couldn’t be more satisfied. My son actually gave me a cell phone on his own account that I kept long enough to be polite, and then cancelled.

    irv in reply to McGehee. | April 2, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Lots of software engineers do, especially at start ups where the culture is often far left anyway.

Fear of the Left is the biggest motivating factor in the country
Or corporate American fell in love with grooming children and turning them all into Gender bending

    henrybowman in reply to Skip. | April 2, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    As much as I hate to say it, Apple is already “the left.” They typically do a good job of hiding it, or at least not slamming it into our faces 24/7 (like Disney). They focus on “accommodating” without much “preaching.” But keep in mind that Al Gore has been on their BOD since the biggest threat of global warming was hot intern sex in the Oval Office.

I have put this down to expanding Intersectionaly Marxism

This shows there is a worm eating away at the core of Apple.

Memo for GOP Congress in January 2023: Crush Big Tech, drive it before you, and hear the lamentation of the Groomers.

Groomers gonna groom.

Lucifer Morningstar | April 2, 2022 at 3:53 pm

That is about to change significantly.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHhaha . . snicker . . . snort . . . sorry, couldn’t help myself.

If and when the Republicans regain power you can rest assured that it will just be business as usual in Washington D.C. and the Republicans will be to busy “reaching across the aisle” in order not to offend anyone to make any actual changes. Guranteed.

    That’s their job. That’s how the NWO progressive ratchet is supposed to work.

      mbecker908 in reply to Dathurtz. | April 2, 2022 at 10:38 pm

      “For decades, corporate America has enjoyed the support of Republicans and conservatives. That is about to change significantly.”

      It won’t change, at least not at the leadership level.

    CommoChief in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | April 2, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    IDK, the chamber of commerce has gotten awfully cozy with d/prog and even squishy K McCarthy is saying the right things. Translating that to action won’t be easy but it isn’t impossible. It will likely take both Congress and the WH to do it.

    If corporations want r votes to ‘save’ them from d/prog tax and regulatory policies then staying neutral on social issues is the minimum. Many of these corporations went feet first into opposing parental rights and embracing CRT/equity, trans and ESG. It isn’t hard to imagine the path DeSantis and a few others are taking at the State level developing over the next two years into a blue print for action at the Federal level.

You can use Google, a far-left corporation that has nothing but contempt for America and traditional Americans will gladly do business with the Chinese Communists and sell your personal data.

Or, you can use Apple, a far-left corporation that has nothing but contempt for America and traditional Americans will gladly do business with the Chinese Communists but won’t sell most of your personal data.

There’s not much of a difference, but there is a difference.

BTW, the chances that your cellphone carrier is doing the EXACT same thing Apple and Google are doing are very, very good. T-Mobile, Verizon & At&T are woke as they get.

    Danny in reply to TargaGTS. | April 2, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    The difference is phone companies can’t discriminate against conservatives, can’t use their utility companies to influence your conversation etc…

    While they all share the same agenda one not being allowed to influence the public square while the other has full control of speech in this country is a huge difference (and one we should remedy).

      TargaGTS in reply to Danny. | April 3, 2022 at 10:01 am

      You must have missed the story last year about T-Mobile shadow-banning TEXTS with links to certain conservative websites, like ‘Gateway Pundit.’ Missouri’s Attorney General sent them a notification that he was opening an investigation. They replied and admitted it was happening, but blamed it on a ‘spam filter’ glitch.

      BTW, good luck finding this story if you’re using Google Search. It’s practically invisible on their search engine.

        Danny in reply to TargaGTS. | April 3, 2022 at 3:07 pm

        So the AG (an agent of government) wielded power of government to bring them back into line and force them to obey the law.

        Would you prefer they continued and intensified the campaign and that it involves your texts today or the Missouri AG nipped it in the bud thanks to having the legal authority/regulation in law to do so? Without the relevant statutes T-Mobile would have just said “go to hell we do what we please”.

        Thanks to the law the Missouri AG successfully stopped T-Mobile from discriminating against us.

This single issue right here is the stuff of all out culture war or worse.

    n.n in reply to Whitewall. | April 2, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Antifa (Anti-family)

    Remember Obama’s catastrophic Spring Series, the Biden/Maidan/Slavic Spring for eight, then two, years, in progress… well, for the sake of Diversity, Inequity, and Exclusion (DIE), there is an empathetic motion for inclusion in our very own American Spring.

Albigensian | April 2, 2022 at 5:55 pm

Clark Kent’s still looking for a phone booth.

George_Kaplan | April 2, 2022 at 7:49 pm

Might Apple reconsider when they’re consistently referred to as a pro-Grooming company?

Parental Rights Bills are about protecting children from grooming. Those who oppose such protection are seeking to sexualise children. Not even paedophiles are this evil – acting on sexual orientation is a choice.

Are we ready to throw out the “MUH GOVERNMENT BAAADDDD!!!!!” stuff and go back to governing?

In the 1980s corporate America was on our side yet Ronald Raegan and Barry Goldwater felt it was important to regulate against corporate control of speech in this country (ironically passed and made law in 1984).

Corporate America is ideological and woke, this is what getting government out of the public square looks like. Lets start using government, wielding the power the voter gives us and actually stand for something (and no “MUH GOVERNMENT BAD” isn’t standing for something).

Governor of Utah is actually right, a regulation against this and other things does expand government.

Governing could be a beautiful thing if we make sure the people doing the governing are actually our people.

    CommoChief in reply to Danny. | April 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm


    Those of us willing to concede that the govt can do some good here are aware that power could also be used to do evil. A shifting pendulum of who is censoring whom after every election is unworkable and frankly undesirable.

    The better solution, the only workable permanent solution IMO, is to require a position of neutrality. That gets us back to a framework of competing ideas. A competition we shouldn’t fear but embrace. We don’t need to silence or censor our ideological opposition to compete.

      Danny in reply to CommoChief. | April 3, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      A position of neutrality in government means it does nothing, which includes repealing the Florida Law (yes telling teachers what they can or can’t say is censorship, I find the principle of no grooming to outweigh the principle of government neutrality) Florida’s stop woke act (yes telling businesses you can’t tell your employees they are bad because of the color of their skin is censorship, again there are other interests) and similar laws Apple is fighting against. What Apple is fighting for is government neutrality.

      What we need is to go back to governing instead of anarchism. When faced with “will the press be censored or will a small clique of cable companies be censored”-Ronald Raegan did the right thing and censored the small clique of cable companies (which is why Tucker Carlson/Fox can’t be taken off the air today). At the time corporate America was Republican constituency. Government neutrality means the big tech giants like Apple decide what is or isn’t acceptable in the public square. It means we don’t get to tell businesses to stop forcing their religion on us. We need government involvement because the real world is not the easy realm of clear categories.

      The tech monopolies being free from censorship means the public square is in their hands and if they don’t want a story to get out you will have a zero percent chance of getting the story out. It is the press/population being censored or a tiny clique of tech billionaires.

      Ideally the government not being in the business of regulating the public square, education, etc would be paradise. In practice it doesn’t mean no censorship it just means shifting power from voters to determine what is and isn’t acceptable to a tiny clique of corporate boardrooms (who all are ideologically leftist and leaders of the modern woke mob).

      The non-cultural issues that are eternal and which the leftists like Apple are fine with us disagreeing with them on I frankly don’t care about (and neither do they).

        henrybowman in reply to Danny. | April 6, 2022 at 2:03 am

        “(yes telling teachers what they can or can’t say is censorship)”
        Not when they’re your employees it isn’t.

Antifa or Anti-family

I bought an Apple computer last year and it was one of the great regrets of my shopping life: my 7 year old Dell was faster and more reliable than the 4,00o dollar piece of crap I bought from Apple. Never again.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to | April 3, 2022 at 8:46 am

    I agree, back in the Apple 2 + days I converted them into industrial computers by removing all the intigrated circuits, installing gold plated sockes and putting mill speck ICs in the mother boards. It was all open source, them they introduced the Lisa, with a propority drive, a big flop, followed by the Mac. I blackballed Apple over it.

    From time to time I tried a few Apple products. All were crippled by design, and all were over priced.

    There is am open source project where all of Googles shit is removed, and you have a pure Android device.

    Contrary to googles claims, they are evil POS.

They all signed a joint letter in Washington State INCLUDING Microsoft pushing LGBTQWERTY legislation saying that if the freako tranny boys can’t use the girls locker room it would hurt the ability to attract and retain the talented parents of these “confused” youth as they may not want to move to Wa if they weren’t free to frolick and prance in the girls lav at public schools. The letter didn’t say, but rather implied heavily they don’t give 2 cents about retaining / hiring the parents of normal kids.

I know for a fact that Microsoft had one of these wierdos working there who was … A Bruce Jenner showering in the womens locker room. They dealt with it by shutting down that specific locker room and then having everyone “apply” to get access and you would get access based on the gender you indicated when hired.

Soon after MSFT hired a bunch of lawyers to sort it out. In all the campus building updates they have put individual showers/bathroom in place to resolve this. That revamp cost them a lot extra- though they did the redesign as part of the major campus rebuild.

If all else fails, fight fire with fire. If discussions of sex and sexuality, of any nature, with young school children, are now to be deemed acceptable, and no longer to be viewed as outrageously inappropriate, then straight teachers need to enter the fray and introduce their lovely spouses, and marriages, and their beliefs concerning traditional time- tested loving human relationships to their young students in the classroom. They should affirm to their students that these relationships are normal, and that they are what nature intended. Fight fire with fire and watch the left go apoplectic

    Steven Brizel in reply to sfharding. | April 5, 2022 at 9:24 am

    How about allowing religious values back in the public schools? The absence of any except as after hours clubs has played a huge role in the decline of traditional values . A child who has never hear “Thou Shall Not Kill” will have no qualms about terminating a life-whether at inception, during the productive years or as a senior.

Capitalist-Dad | April 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

It’s somewhat amazing that the hill fascistic big businesses elect to die on is cramming Wokerati sexual obsessions down the throats of K – 3 children.