Tim Cook shmoozes with politicians around Washington

Tim Cook recently visited a bunch of U.S. politicians to open up the lanes of communication between Apple and Washington. Two weeks ago he visited House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. An anonymous aide says conversations stayed light and introductory, so nothing heavy like the e-books case or patent infringement issues came up.

This is just one of the many ways in which Tim Cook is handling Apple in a decidedly different way than Steve Jobs ever did; as you could imagine, Jobs was never particularly interested in working with the government, nevermind in such a relaxed, friendly manner. President Obama was known to be relatively chatty with with Steve Jobs, and even the rank-and-file bureaucrats are opting to pick up iPhones.

It certainly behooves Apple to get cozy with lawmakers, especially now it's more embroiled than ever in legal issues with other manufacturers. Still, their lobbying budget is way smaller than Google's, and these meetings are but a small first step towards Apple's involvement with Washington.

Source: Fortune

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Tim Cook shmoozes with politicians around Washington


These politicians have no power in the courts and zero say in any of Apple's court cases.
The areas they do have power over is Apple's tax bill and keeping laws friendly to the tech industry. I'm sure it's good to make nice with people with that kind of power.

frankly it just strikes me wrong that the ceo would go and talk to politicians when they shouldn't have anything to do with apple. (correct me if I'm wrong) all politicians are scheming little bastards so the fact that apple or at least the ceo would have something to do with them kinda turns me off to the whole iPhone thing. however I'm not gonna let that get in the way of me enjoying an excellent product.