Apple CEO Tim Cook to reportedly throw Paul Ryan fundraiser

Apple may not be supporting the Republican National Convention, but Politico reports its CEO wants to keep relationships open with key members of the party.

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Apple might not be supporting the Republican National Convention this year, but it doesn't appear to be giving up on the GOP entirely. CEO Tim Cook will help raise money for House Speaker Paul Ryan next week, reported Politico.


Tim Cook is reportedly hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Paul Ryan.

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A private breakfast hosted by Cook along with Apple's Gary Wipfler is said to be taking place on June 28 in Menlo Park, California, according to an invite obtained by Politico. Funds from the event will reportedly benefit both Ryan and a committee dedicated to helping elect other House Republicans.

Cook is hosting the fundraiser on his own accord, said Politico, since Apple does not have a political action committee or make contributions to individual candidates or parties.

This news comes shortly after Politico reported that Apple won't be supporting the RNC this summer due to Donald Trump's controversial remarks about immigrants, minorities and women. The presumptive GOP nominee -- who owns millions in Apple stock -- has criticized the company on a number of fronts. In February, Trump called for a boycott of Apple because of its refusal to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to a terrorist. He's also called on Apple to build its products in the US, rather than in China.

Apple joins other companies, including storied tech brand HP, in turning away from the Republican proceedings this time around.

Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment on the report. Ryan could not immediately be reached for comment.