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Donald Trump hopes to accept the Republican nomination for president next month at what he hopes will bea "monumentally magnificent” conventionin Cleveland, one that is chock-full of entertainment well-knowns andprofessional athletesspeaking on his behalf.

But there may be just one small hitch with his plans.

A number of companies that had previously made pledges to donate to the quadrennial convention are now scaling back their donations or pulling out altogether — and Trump’s nomination is rumored to be at the center of their decisions.

Among the companiesthat have already withdrawn support or money from the Republican National Convention are:

Apple

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The tech firmtoldRepublican leaders last week that it will not provide funding or any other support to the RNC in Cleveland because of Trump’s controversial comments on women, immigrants, and minorities.

The move is not that unsurprising, given Trump’sone-week boycottof all Apple products earlier this yearover CEO Tim Cook’s refusal to develop software to unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

Coca-Cola Co.

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Coca-Cola donated just $75,000 to the Republican convention this year, a steep drop from the $660,000 it gave to the party for its convention in Tampa four years earlier.

Although the soft drink company hasn’t explained why it reduced the size of its donation, the Atlanta-based companyhas reportedly beentrying to defuse a campaign led by a civil rights advocacy group demanding that it forego all donations over Trump’s comments toward minorities.

Ford Motor Co.

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Ford reportedly decided more than a year ago that it would not sponsor either party convention —instead focusing"on state delegations” where the company has factories.

The company is among many in the U.S. that have a complicated relationship with the nominee-to-be, as Trumphas repeatedly faultedthe car company over its plans to build a new plant in Mexico.

Hewlett-Packard Inc.

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Hewlett-Packardannouncedlast month that it would not be contributing to the RNC this year,despite having a long-standing tradition of contributing to the party.

Of note in HP’s decision to forego funding is the fact that its current CEO, Meg Whitman, is a former gubernatorial candidate in California who has been very critical of Trump (as has another one of its former CEOs, former GOP presidential candidateCarly Fiorina.)

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Despite donating nearly $200,000 to the Tampa convention, JPMorgan Chase will not be sponsoring either convention this year.

A person with knowledge of the company’s decision did add that the bank will sponsor some public service activities connected to each event.

MetLife Inc.

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MetLife, one of the Tampa convention’s biggest sponsors,is not giving any money to the RNC this year.

The reason for the change of heart reportedly does not have to do anything with Trump, however. According toBloomberg News, the insurance company rarely sponsors conventions but happened to donate the use of office space near the Tampa convention sitebecause it was available.

Microsoft Corp.

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Breaking with past tradition, Microsoft announced ina blog postback in April that itwould only be providing technological products and servicesto the Cleveland and Philadelphia conventions, rather than a cash donation.

Motorola Solutions Inc.

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Motorola has decided not to donate to either party’s convention in 2016. However, it has not released any further details regarding the decision.

United Parcel Service Inc.

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The postal company reportedly decided "well before” Trump was the presumptive nominee that it would not participate ineither convention this year, per acompany spokeswoman.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

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The pharmaceutical companytoldThe Hill that it would sponsor outside events in both Cleveland and Philadelphia this year, instead of donating directly to the two parties.

It is unknown if this decision is directly related to Trump.

Wells Fargo & Co.

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Wells Fargo, which gave $500,000 to each party’s convention in 2012, will only provide assistance to the Democrats’ convention this year. The decision was reportedly made last fall, before the start of the primaries.

Bloomberg Newsaddedthat the bank’s decision was based upon how much business it has in each of the hosting cities — Wells Fargo has a big presence in Philadelphia, where the arena hosting the convention boasts its name, whereas it is not as prominent in Cleveland.

Not all hope is lost for the RNC’s host committee in Cleveland, however. A spokeswoman for the committee told Bloomberg News that they are still on pace to meet their $64 million goal, having collected a lot of the money early on in thecampaign season.




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