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2019年9月,微软总裁布拉德·史密斯在西雅图市政厅发表讲话。(吉奎尔资料图/凯文·利索塔)

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倡导者敦促微软对美国政治改革进行更大的行动,并永久停止向立法者捐款,以后,以后试图推翻总统选举的立法者内部评论部分记录的泄露其中,微软总裁布拉德·史密斯坦率地谈到公司利用竞选捐款与政客建立有益的关系。狗万平台

微软之前由其政治行动委员会暂停支出(PAC) and said it was assessing its policies following the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.

该公司在周末回复了通过采取不寻常的步骤释放有史密斯讲话内容的完整记录,并承诺将在2月15日前宣布这一决定,称希望首先得到员工的意见谁的自愿捐款为PAC提供资金.

该公司在一份声明中说,“认为反对选举团破坏了美国的民主,应该承担后果。”

The full transcript, as released by Microsoft, showed Smith calling Jan. 6 “a horrific day for all of us, whether we’re in the United States or somewhere else. I think it was even more difficult, say, for our Black and Jewish employees, given the hateful symbols that were on display.”

“This has obvious implications for the future donations of the PAC,” he said, explaining that the questions being considered include whether to suspend the PAC’s donations to members of Congress who voted against the Electoral College, and for how long. In addition, he said, the company is considering whether to take “even stronger steps” against members of Congress who led the effort to overturn the Electoral College, or fed disinformation to the American public.

那就够了踏上, for now,a threat by the Lincoln Project advocacy group在初始泄露后发起反对微软的活动给予公司的印象。

However, the company继续面对Twitter和其他社交媒体的批评因为史密斯的评论,也因为他没有迅速采取行动。

前微软工程高管曾担任政治改革倡导者,呼吁本公司呼吁将捐款捐赠给大会的煽动成员,除非他们通过考虑其投票记录和毫无根据的选举欺诈指控。

A respected engineering leader at Microsoft for more than 36 years, DeVaan played a key behind-the-scenes role indeveloping some of the company’s most important products.He is currently on the board of the the bipartisan political reform group代表。In his Twitter thread, he urged Microsoft to persuade other large companies to take similar action on campaign funding, and to take an active role in political reform, by championing the为人民法案作为第一步。

“Microsoft can commit significant resources to [reform the] political movement,” DeVaan wrote, addressing his Twitter thread directly to Smith. “I think it reasonable for employees to demand this kind of effort to counterbalance the negative aspects of participation in the current system. I hope you do.”

微软的一位长期雇员卡门·克林科利公开呼吁公司更进一步,仅利用其PAC为美国竞选融资改革提供资金。

微软is许多公司之一that suspended donations by its PAC following the U.S. Capitol breach and Electoral College vote. Such a pause is normal at the beginning of a new Congress, but Smith told employees that the company is taking the opportunity to assess the situation.

据成绩单说,史密斯表示,微软发现,在过去四年中,80%的PAC捐款已经前往代表大会的成员,他们投票秉承选举大学,20%的人参加投票的人,以获得认证选举结果。本公司内部的来源称,史密斯指的是捐赠总数,美元卷的百分比将少于20%。

根据法律,PAC可以在每个选举周期为每个候选人提供高达5000美元的捐款。指导委员会根据史密斯提出的四个标准来决定微软的PAC捐赠:“首先,这个人是否有影响我们业务的工作或角色,比如说在委员会中?第二,这个人是否代表了我们拥有大量员工的地理位置?第三,此人是否提出了与微软业务政策目标一致的政策目标?第四,这个人是否认同我们关于多样性和包容性的价值观?”

According to the transcript, Smith said he knows that many might question the need for a PAC: “I will acknowledge that I’ve asked that question myself over the last few years, do we really need this PAC? And I have to tell you, the answer is, yes, we do.”

他继续:

我可以告诉你,你知道,它发挥了重要作用,不是因为支票数额很大,而是因为政治进程的运作方式。美国的政客们有活动,他们有周末的静修。你必须开一张支票,然后你就被邀请了,你就参加了。万博世界杯官网

所以,如果你在美国的政府事务团队工作,你会在周末去参加这些活动。你晚上都去吃晚饭,你去的原因是因为PAC开了一张支票。但在这种持续的努力下,一种关系不断发展、出现和巩固。万博世界杯官网

And I can tell you, as somebody who sometimes is picking up the phone, I’m sometimes calling members and asking for their help on green cards, or on visa issues, or help to get an employee or family member who’s outside the United States, or on the issues around national security, or privacy or procurement reform, or the tax issues that our finance team manages.

而且我可以告诉你有时代我打电话给我不亲自知道的人。有人会说,“好吧,你知道,你的人们一直在我的活动中向我展示,我们有一个良好的关系,让我看看我能做些什么来帮助你。”万博世界杯官网

所以,我相信我们公司有这样的努力是很重要的,同时,我们有必要评估最近的事件,获得反馈,进行对话,并做出决定,这些决定将继续反映我们的立场,以及我们认为重要的价值观。通过与员工的对话,你会看到所有这些都展开了。万博世界杯官网

微软stated principles and policiesfor participating in public policy issues include this: “No campaign contribution will be given in anticipation of, in recognition of, or in return for an official act.” Company officials say Smith’s comments were focused on building relationships and not intended to imply directquid-pro-quo.

尽管如此,评论留下了一个令人讨厌的印象,特别是当与一些Microsoft PAC的过去贡献联系到包括美国的立法者。Rick Scott和Josh Hawley的努力推动努力推翻选举结果。

德凡,the former Microsoft executive,在他的Twitter帖子中说:“我很欣赏微软对其在政治制度中的参与透明。”狗万平台然而,他补充说,“这里有更多的股份,而不是在最近的员工活动中阐述的微软自我抚恤金。”

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