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BREAKING: Microsoft has announced to members of its political action committee that it is suspending political contributions until fall, effective July 1. Employee pressure works!
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @Pinboard
For context, like other tech companies that contribute to US politicians, Microsoft had some massive headaches over the dissonance between its political donations and stated values. I, a shameless propagandist, collected some of the worst examples here
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @Pinboard
Microsoft has been especially loath to give up political giving because it is a finalist (with Amazon) for a $10B Pentagon cloud computing contract. But there has been recent intense employee pressure to de-fund the PAC given its track record of supporting open bigotry
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @Pinboard
Full text of announcement to follow. I just gotta transcribe it with my dancing fingers
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @Pinboard
Here is the full text of Microsoft's internal announcement today that it is suspending giving by the political action committee. Note that the employee information sessions the statement refers to are not open to H1-B holders or employees with DACA status.
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @NoPrideForGoog
My plea today to people who work at Google is to consider this news, and then read this thread of Google's most recent political giving. Reach out to your colleagues at ! Today proves that we can get big tech companies to stop funding hatred
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andy 🔥 Jul 23
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wait why only until fall? and does “suspending contributions” stop all political action or is the PAC still sitting on money?
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @Pinboard
The list of major tech companies that don't make PAC donations is now: Microsoft, Apple, IBM. Let's add to the list!
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @skinny412
The PAC still has money, but it is not disbursing it, is my understanding
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Kevin Dente Jul 23
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FYI, is a fucking hero.
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Adam Jul 23
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Has Amazon given anything this year? I’m not seeing anything in the fec filings but I could be bad at searching for it
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @adam_kuipers
They moved to biannual filing. Their first FEC disclosure for this year will be out by July 31. They've given a lot
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Ben Rosengart Jul 23
Replying to @jeredfloyd @Pinboard
It’s a start.
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Erica Friedman 100 Years of Yuri: 1919-2019 Jul 23
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That's just a pause, not a stop.
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Pinboard Jul 23
Also "fall" is promisingly vague. The next task is to make this change permanent
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @OkazuYuri
It's forward motion! Now we push harder
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Jered Floyd Jul 23
Replying to @Pinboard @fivetonsflax
Until the fall.... of civilization, perhaps?
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Pinboard Jul 23
That's less than two months though
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Pinboard Jul 23
Replying to @kevindente
Thank you, but all the hard labor on this was done by people inside Microsoft, some of whom have been working towards this for years. I just got to be a public irritant in a way I hope was internally helpful
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