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A rendering of the Propel Center, a tech-focused learning hub Apple is funding in Atlanta. Image provided by Apple.

Apple’s Unsavory Lobbying; Musk’s Autopilot Dream Is Still Far Off

Photo: A rendering of the Propel Center, a tech-focused learning hub Apple is funding in Atlanta. Image provided by Apple.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when companies pull out the stops to lobby against legislation they view as harmful to their interests. And yet, a new examination of Apple’s lobbying tactics contained a detail about Apple’s tactics in a recent battle with Georgia state lawmakers that was jaw-dropping, especially for a company that often places itself on a high moral pedestal. 

On Friday, Politico reported that Apple’s hired lobbyists, as part of a campaign against a couple of bills in the state, said if the bills passed the company might pull the plug on a $25 million investment Apple had previously announced for a tech hub in Atlanta affiliated with historically Black colleges and universities. 

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