According to a report from Fortune, the reason for Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to the Washington DC was to show key policymakers that they have an open line of communication to the Apple executive. There were online reports that that Cook met with House Speaker John Boehner as well as Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.
The meet-and-greets were largely seen as introductions with no serious issues being mentioned. However, it seems that Cook’s time in Washington yielded positive results with the politicians.
An aide said that “it was an act of opening up a line of communication, but it was a first step in what hopefully will be a growing relationship.” An industry source claimed that the discussions were conducted in typical Apple fashion. The source said:
“They were quiet and focused. There was no public statement, no press conference, no hoopla, just like the company, which is focused on product design and end results. Cook has a strong personal interest in government policy issues and he recognizes the role an engaged CEO can play in making a difference on those policy priorities.”
There are speculations that Cook may be looking to change the level of engagement Apple shares with Congress, though as it stands the company trails far behind competing tech companies in money spent on lobbying. An example of this would be the fact that Apple put $500,000 towards political advocacy whereas Google reported earmarked ten times that amount in the first quarter of 2012. As of right now, Apple also lacks a political action committee to back lawmakers’ campaign funds, something that is common for most large corporations in United States.