Apple announced the hiring of Katherine Adams as its general counsel and senior vice president of legal and global security Friday, a woman with a long history of Democratic donations.
Her monetary contributions, both to Democratic candidates and PACs, amounted in total to thousands of dollars, according to Open Secrets.
For example, she donated $2,300 to Steve Novick, a former Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Senate. Novick eventually lost the Oregon contest to the state’s then-House Speaker Jeff Merkley. Novick was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, advocating for the Environmental Protection Agency for many years.
Adams gave a total of $8,950 to Rush Holt, a former Democratic New Jersey congressman, in separate campaigns. Most notably, she also donated $2,000 to former President Barack Obama in January 2008, according to Open Secrets data.
Adams comes from Honeywell, a conglomerate that produces and offers a variety of produces and services, where she served as general counsel and senior vice president.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our team,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “She’s a seasoned leader with outstanding judgment and that has worked on a wide variety of legal cases globally. Throughout her career she’s also been an advocate on many of the values we at Apple hold dear.”
The hiring is due to her extensive experience, but her political affiliation and support is a possible contributing factor. (RELATED: Apple CEO Sends Consoling Letter To All Employees After Trump Win)
Cook has been vocal about his position on immigration which aligns with the Democratic Party’s ideals, arguing at times that President Donald Trump should maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He also wrote a mournful message to staff after Trump expressed his intentions to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.
Not all of Cook’s advocacy has gone against Trump’s moves. He reportedly told the president that he should consider making computing coding classes mandatory for schools.
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