“He’s supportive, but new to this so I think we shouldn’t come on too strong.”
More than a year before Tim Cook thrust himself into the 2016 Presidential campaign—snubbing the Republican convention that nominated Donald Trump and hosting a matched pair of Silicon Valley fundraisers for Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton—the CEO of Apple held a secret one-on-one meeting with Clinton campaign chairman and media pointman John Podesta, Wikileaks revealed last week.
The meeting came up in a hacked e-mail exchange conducted in late June 2015 between Podesta, former Google executive and current Clinton CTO Stephanie Hannon, and chief fundraiser Lindsay Roitman. Also mentioned is Erika Rottenberg, former LinkedIn general counsel, who was hosting a fundraiser that week.
The text of the e-mail chain, reformatted for clarity:
June 20, 2015
Re: Tim Cook + Monday
Finance event + tech roundtable went very well today in SF.
I heard from Lindsay that you are visiting Tim Cook on Monday. I would love to (kill to) join you if appropriate. However, if better smaller, no problem at all. Just wanted to share that Ill be in town all Monday since we have our Erika event on Monday night.
See you soon,
June 21, 8:02 pm
To: Hannon, Podesta
Tim’s office requested a 1:1 meeting today, which was a nice way of saying “no staff”. I think this is one we should proceed cautiously. He’s supportive but new to this so I think we shouldn’t come on too strong.
Steph, thanks for circling back, see you tomorrow night.
June, 21, 10:13 pm
To: Roitman, Podesta
Understood, thanks for getting back to me! See you at Erika’s house!
The subject of the meeting is not discussed in this exchange, but a briefing Rottenberg supplied Podesta touched on what were the Valley’ hot topics that summer:
- surveillance and national security
- patent reform
- net neutrality, and, of course,
- e-mail issue