الاثنين، 14 سبتمبر، 2015

Column: Who is winning the Apple presidential primary?


After Wednesday's letdown debut of new Apple products, attention turned right back to our fiasco of a presidential primary featuring a host of candidates as disappointing as the iPhone 6S.
While Bernie Sanders tries to convince America that if we just stuck with the iPhone 4, everybody could have Apple equality, Donald Trump promises a world where America is "Great Again" and we'll be able to skip iPhones 7 and 8 and go straight to the 9 from a time when Apple has "Great" new ideas "Again."
Like all political promises, neither is a likely scenario. But while politicians don't have much to say about the future of technology, technology firms do have a lot to say about the future of politicians.
In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama won the support of Apple employees in the unofficial "Apple primary," a race to get the most donations from the companies well-paid staff.Six-figure support helped power his victory over Hillary Clinton and then John McCain.
So with more than 20 presidential candidates in the hunt, who has backing fromCupertino, Calif.?
Nobody really.
Apple employees have barely given presidential candidates enough to buy a top of the line iWatch, according to the Federal Election Commission's database of donations.
Who comes out on top?
  • Hillary Clinton: $14,450
  • Bernie Sanders: $2,492
  • Rand Paul: $500
  • Ben Carson: $250

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