In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft VP of USA governmental affairs, Fred Humphries, said that Microsoft's decision to give tech but not cash to the RNC was done last fall, and isn't a result of activist groups. I haven't been able to find information on how much Microsoft contributed to the Democratic convention that year.
"We appreciate that this year's conventions may have some more dramatic moments than in some prior years", he added. For the Democratic National Convention, they will be providing access to similar Microsoft technology as well as some sponsorship of host committee activities.
Microsoft has become the latest company to make it clear that they do not want their name on Donald Trump's convention by stating that they will only be donating cash to the Democratic convention.
Microsoft noted that it does not always give cash donations to sponsor conventions.
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The technology Microsoft plans to provide for both conventions this year includes Office 365, Azure, Surface and other unspecified products.
Color of Change nonetheless heralded Microsoft's decision as a victory - one that the advocacy group says represents a change from the 2012 GOP convention, when half of Microsoft's $1.5 million donation came from direct contributions. "We are saddened to see Google not only eagerly align themselves with these values, but to actively work to promote them via their live-stream capabilities".
Fred Humphries, the company's vice president of government affairs in Washington, D.C., wrote that the decision was made in the fall, in consultation with Republican officials, suggesting that Microsoft is eager to pre-empt suggestions that it is reacting to Trump's rhetoric on immigrants and women.
Trump's rivals and some Republican establishment figures, however, still are hoping to force the nominating contest to several ballots on the convention floor and block the real-estate mogul from becoming the GOP's nominee.