Apple provides majority funding for organization claiming to represent small technology companies


It claims to give a “voice to small technology companies.” Behind the scenes, however, The App Association is financially supported by the largest technology company in the world, Apple, according to Bloomberg (opens in new tab).

Known as ACT, the group has confirmed that more than half its funding comes from the iPhone maker. Former employees say the actual percentage is higher. And though ACT says it’s not “holden” to Cupertino, its lobbying agenda “tracks closely with Apple’s,” and critics note the organization’s lobbying efforts aren’t always in line with the app developers it claims to support. 


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