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Protesters Ramp Up Efforts Against Businesses Sponsoring GOP Convention

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By    |   Friday, 06 May 2016 08:21 AM

The pressure is on corporations sponsoring the GOP convention — even as two big companies have scaled back donations amid the turbulent primary from which Donald Trump has emerged the presumptive presidential nominee, ABC News reports.

Microsoft last week announced it wouldn't donate cash to the Cleveland convention this July, though it will still provide technology products and services.

And ABC News has previously reported the Coca-Cola Company is donating less to the Republican convention this year than the $660,000 it donated to the event in 2012. For this year's convention, it donated just $75,000.

Neither have specifically mentioned Trump as the impetus.

But anti-Trump protesters are nevertheless ramping up efforts against corporate sponsorship at the convention now that Trump is the likely standard-bearer, ABC News reports.

"Many of the corporations up to this point have tried to say, 'It's about democracy,' or 'We don't even know who the nominee is going to be,'" Rashad Robinson, executive director of the group Color of Change tells ABC News, adding now, however, "This is the party for Donald Trump."

The group has launched a petition, "Stop sponsoring Donald Trump," that has collected nearly 180,000 signatures thus far, ABC News reports.

A spokeswoman for the convention's host committee says it's raised $56 million of its $64 million fundraising goal, ABC News reports. Donors that have been announced include JobsOhio, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

In March, the Republican National Committee said AT&T will be the official provider for communications, video and technology, and the company has said it'll give free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to convention guests, ABC News reports.

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