In late April, it was reported by a CBS affiliate out of the SF Bay Area that demonstrators from eight activist groups went to Google headquarters in Mountain View to protest the company, even flying banners in the sky, demanding that they dump their support of the Republican National Convention.
The internet search engine company is the largest leading brand for internet searches and technology in the internet market, which is why they’re providing streaming services to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
One of the groups taking action presently against Google is Credo, another technology company who specializes as a mobile carrier service, who are very active with progressive campaigns based out of California, who have shared out a petition to pressure Google.
Senior campaign manager at Credo, named Heidi Hess, explained their activism for Google to not sponsor the event.
“We’re trying to make clear that there is a cost this year to sponsoring a Trump-led convention.”
During the first week of May, the Huffington Post reported on the pressure coming from progressive groups against the search engine company, where it mentions the release of a video by the mobile provider, giving their reasons as to why they feel Google needs to stop endorsing the Republican National Convention.
Hess also addressed the purpose of the video in the same article.
“The goal of the video is to make really clear to Google and to other corporations that are still considering whether or not to support the Republican National Convention, that when they support the convention, they are buying Trump’s platform along with the political access they are trying to buy.”
The same publication source has published as least one op-ed about the double-standard they say Google and other companies seem to have where they boycott North Carolina for their HB2 law in one case, while still supporting Trump by providing service to the Republican National Convention in another.
Google has responded to this pressure to say that they’re only providing their services to live stream the event out of Cleveland and that it doesn’t mean they’re supporting Donald Trump, but the protesters feels that by doing so the company is actually providing more accessibility to Donald Trump by helping to keep his message in the mainstream.
Microsoft is another group who is under fire for their involvement in the convention and while the New York Times says that Microsoft will not be giving cash donations to the Republican National Convention this year, the company has said that they will be providing some support for their technology and provide software, which is still similar to what Google says they will do.
According to the company’s vice-president of governmental affairs in Washington, the conversation to not give money to the Republican National Convention already took place and was decided during the fall of 2015.
“Based on our conversations with the Republican National Convention’s host committee and committee on arrangements, we decided last fall to provide a variety of Microsoft technology products and services instead of making a cash donation… as we’ve explained to others, we’re not changing our planned activities for the conventions in 2016.”
Microsoft, however, will be providing the monetary that support to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) instead.
In January POLITICO reported on consultants and lobbyists who said there was some concern among the business brands that would be at the convention if Donald Trump won the nomination. And that by being there they would be associated with the candidate’s controversial message of building a wall at the Southern border, deporting millions of illegals and preventing Muslims from entering the country.
Other companies have also backed away this year such as Coca-Cola, but a fellow tech company Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman – a former Republican candidate for Governor of California – breaks the pattern of progressively led corporations backing away as they will also not be supporting the Republican National Convention, as one of the conservatives who has publicly said that they will not be supporting Trump, nor will they be providing any support for the DNC either.
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