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Microsoft, Google and Amazon gave cash for Trump inauguration Featured


Big US technology companies Amazon, Google and Microsoft donated both cash and services to the ceremonies around the swearing-in of US President Donald Trump on 20 January.

The same companies, and a host of others, have put their names to a letter requesting that the ban on travel to the US by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries be rescinded.

The website Politico reported that the cash and services were quietly donated to the Trump administration.

Microsoft contributed US$250,000 in cash and a similar amount in services on 28 December to the Presidential Inauguration Committee, according to federal ethics records.

Google also supplied services, including a live stream on YouTube, apart from a cash donation, sources told Politico.

Amazon similarly handed over cash and supplied services.

None of the three companies responded, when asked for comment by Politico.

Facebook gave no cash but set up a Instagram photo booth and a mini Oval Office for partygoers. Other donations will be known when the inauguration committee reports its fund-raising activities; it has 90 days from 20 January to do so.

The GOP convention last year also attracted tech companies; Microsoft provided US$1.8 million in technology services while Google paid US$500,000 by cheque.

Both Apple and HP did not contribute anything to the convention.

Politico said Uber and Twitter, which had roles in the convention, did not participate in the inauguration. Apple, Oracle and Intel did not respond when asked whether they had made contributions to the inauguration.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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