October 21, 2011, - 1:00 pm

Steve Jobs’ Wife, Jobs’ $s Heavily Involved in Far Left Causes

By Debbie Schlussel

It should be no surprise that Steve Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, is heavily involved in liberal causes, and that’s where a good chunk of the Jobs fortune has been given. Many of those Silicon Valley types, unlike other smart businessmen and entrepreneurs, are liberals. I like that Steve Jobs never gave into Bill Gates’ bullying and pressure to be part of his “Giving Pledge,” which really means “Giving to Liberals.” But pledge or not, Jobs’ wife is very much into things that aren’t necessarily good for America, and she’s putting the Jobs money into it. It’s not just that she gave hundreds of thousands to liberal Democrats or hangs out with the arrogant mere actor/director Ben Affleck (a self-styled wannabe policy maker), pushing his agenda. It’s more than that. whether it’s affirmative action–and giving Black kids (but not White ones) a leg up on getting into college (a la the Gates Foundation), or global warming BS, she’s funding it.

Ms. Powell Jobs’s activities paint a picture of a family deeply involved in supporting education reform, women’s issues and other philanthropic causes, as well as Democratic Party candidates and issues. . . .

In 1997, she co-founded the nonprofit College Track, which helps low-income students prepare for college through intensive academic and extra-curricular programs.

Founding and running College Track involved “significant” financial donations from the Jobs family, according to a person familiar with the organization.

Ms. Powell Jobs thought “this is important enough that I am not going to just write a check—I am going to build with my own hands an infrastructure that can help students go to college,” Mr. Watson says. The program has trained more than 1,000 students, he says, 90% of whom went on to a four-year college.

Ms. Powell Jobs often catches College Track’s students, who are largely African American and Latino, off guard. “They think, ‘you don’t know my story,'” Mr. Watson says. But through one-on-one interaction—sometimes dozens of sessions at her or the student’s home—she has proved her ability to connect, he says. . . .

Ms. Powell Jobs still serves as president of College Track’s board and has joined the boards of Teach for America, NewSchools Venture Fund, Stand for Children, New America Foundation and Conservation International. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

More recently, Ms. Powell Jobs set up a broader philanthropic organization called the Emerson Collective. According to her official biography, it “works with a range of entrepreneurs to advance domestic and international social reform efforts.”

Hmmmm . . . what kind of “social reform efforts?” That’s usually code for more liberal or, worse, socialist, public policy.

Ms. Powell Jobs has made public appearances in recent years at the Clinton Global Initiative. She conducted an on-stage interview with actor Ben Affleck in April at a meeting of the Global Philanthropy Forum about his work founding the Eastern Congo Initiative. The two traveled to the Congo last year, and she invested in the Initiative.

In recent years, public records indicate, Ms. Powell Jobs made political donations to Democratic causes, including $200,000 in 2010 to a group called Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs, which was fighting a voter initiative that sought to delay a law regulating greenhouse emissions.

I know Apple products are fantastic. But when you buy them, you’re also contributing to Mrs. Jobs’ far left causes . . . and probably her friend Ben Affleck’s crap, too.

Keep that in mind.

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being a genius does not prevent one
from being an a–h—
from being a traitor
from being an idiot
outside of his field

prestigio on October 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Well, Laureen is not very far from Steve himself, politically speaking. Jobs himself was a BJ Clinton backer in 1992, and was great buddies w/ Oracle’s Larry Elison. If I’m not wrong, he was also an Obama backer in 2008.

A new book about him from Walter Isaacson reveals that Jobs wanted to stamp out Google’s Android, on the grounds that they copied features of the iPhone into Android phones:

The book also provides insight into the unraveling of Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009. Schmidt had quit Apple’s board as Google and Apple went head-to-head in smartphones, Apple with its iPhone and Google with its Android software.

Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, California, cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.

“I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.” The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.

In short, Jobs, despite supporting Liberals, didn’t take to kindly to the stealing of his intellectual property – something that many Liberals believe shouldn’t even exist.

Infidel on October 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    A fascinating look at business wars “between the suites.” I don’t know if Apple will sue, but you can be sure if Steve Jobs were still around, legal action wouldn’t happen. Jobs was more like Bluto and D-Day in “Animal House.” He sought an enemy’s destruction and took no prisoners.

    Seek on October 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

She sounds like a real horrible person…

Seriously, this is the best you can do?

Keep trying, Debbie.

stan on October 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Well, are you into race based charity? Or, do you prefer the Global Philanthropy Forum, which is better known as the Bailout the Third World Dictator Group. Yes, not all charitable giving is good.

    Worry01 on October 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

There was a TV news piece last night on Jobs decision to stop attending church at the age of 13 becasue he no longer believed in God after he saw a poster of starving children.

What a tiny, tiny little intellect this man had.

dm60462 on October 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Why should nonbelief in God imply a tiny intellect? There are entire religions (like Islam) that appeal mainly to tiny minds.

    Seek on October 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I always thought he was an atheist – was pretty surprised to find out that he had embraced Buddhism (itself a religion w/o a god, but packed w/ teachings)

Infidel on October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

There is an economic aspect to such giving as well. By supporting increased government regulation and the unfavorable tax treatment of startup companies, one is restricting the entry of competitors into one’s market. In essence, it slams the door shut in the face of anyone who might wish to oompete with you on an equal basis by eliminating the conditions that made your company’s birth possible, or at least more likely.

Worry01 on October 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

1. If a person wants to discriminate with their own money, it’s their prerogative. It is a free country. It only becomes harmful, wrong, illegal etc. when the government does it, and/or when taxpayer funds are involved. After all, a number of Jewish charities that disproportionately – and in some cases only – help Jews, do exist. So, if you are going to go after College Track or UNCF, please be consistent and include Birthright Israel (for example). As for the idea that it hurts whites, hurts Jews or “hurts America” … as for the latter blacks and Hispanics are Americans and as for the former two, if you want a scholarship fund, charity or program to help whites or Jews go to college, go ahead and start it.

2. I gotta agree with Stan (to a point anyway) … when you hear about the truly scary loony left stuff that some of the Silicon Valley types are into, i.e. the U.N. stuff promoted and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the things cited here are pretty mild.

G: In fact, that is false, most Jewish charities in America give to everyone, including Muslims and Arabs. Birthright is the exception that proves the rule. And, sadly, anti-Israel, left-wing Jews use it to infiltrate Israel and get a free trip there. On the contrary, you see Jewish Welfare Federations and associated agencies around North America (and the world) giving money and services to the biggest Jew-haters around. There are few charities that give only to White people or only to Jews, but MANY which give only to Blacks, Hispanics, and minorities. There is a huge imbalance. Nice try, Gerald, but no cigar. DS

Gerald on October 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Worry01: So wealthy liberals support regulation in order to protect their own wealth. How hypocritical and perverse. Yet, it does sound exactly like how Al Gore wanted to personally profit from his own “carbon credits trading” scheme.

Gerald on October 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I am glad that you came out with reporting on Steve Jobs. The least that I can say is thank you, you are a doll. I have never bought an Apple nor do I never intend to.
I am seeing more and more white male high school graduates going into the United States military at a higher rate than before and I don’t blame these kids at all.
With all of the happy horse manure being taught on campuses in this day and age, why should a young white male of either Jewish or Christian background be subjected to the Marxist ideology of modern day idiots.
Young men should have the option and benefits of good solid military training especially sound gun knowledge and training from instructors like John Farnam, Masaad Ayoob, amd Tom Givens who follow the teachings of the late great Jeff Cooper.
Steve Jobs had great technical expertise but he was not G-d.
His wife may also have great technical expertise but she is not G=d.
Many of lifes greatest lessons are not taught in the classroom especially on the university level.

Confederate South on October 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    “I have never bought an Apple nor do I never intend to.”
    Buy you bought a PC? Or are you using the publicly funded computers at the library?

    petebone on October 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I don’t understand why superrich people invest into causes that will sooner or later work against them. It’s schizophrenic.

Ahava flagship store in London shuts down

The flagship London store of the Israeli Ahava cosmetics announced it was closing its doors due to the ongoing pro-Palestinian demonstrations outside the store calling to boycott Israeli goods.

Already in March, the store’s landlord Shaftesbury PLC announced it would not renew the store’s lease due to the ongoing demonstrations.

Ahava sells skincare products made of mud and mineral based compounds from the Dead Sea.

Pro-Palestinian organizations claim the company is manufacturing its products in a disputed area and describes the company headquarters located in Mitzpe Shalem as “an illegal criminal settlement in the occupied territories.”

Pro-Palestinian protesters have often stopped shoppers from entering the store handing out leaflets explaining Israel’s criminal activities towards the Palestinians.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions organization known as BDS For Freedom and Justice proudly display on their Web site their efforts to shut down the store.

The organization accuses Israel of denying the Palestinians their fundamental rights and demands the world hold Israel accountable for its actions.

London, once the safest and coolest Big City in the World is now Londonistan!

British Government seems to be very week!!! I is scary!!!

Mallory on October 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Once again a genius proves he can still be a moron about everything else he’s not an expert in. Kind of like a lot of the professionals I’ve ran into over the course of my life. F— gates too.

samurai on October 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I LIKED your first article about Jobs that pointed out he was great American businessman and visionary. I liked how you pointed out that Job’s Syrian father wasn’t much of a Muslim since he managed a casino.

That reminded me of the estrangement between Jobs and his bio-dad.

It was quite disappointing to see that Jobs wasn’t man enough to at least hear his father’s side of the story—from his father. I wrote about this and the fact that so many divorced fathers never see their kids again because mommy hates her ex.

Job’s recent disclosure concerning his dad, proved my point. Jobs avoided connecting with his bio-dad because he had heard bad things about him.

From where? From the mother and then his sister who mindlessly followed mommy’s lead.

Glad you have brought further notice to us that Job’s wife is an airhead. I’m sure she’ll blow a huge amount of his money on additional initiatives of stupidity. I mean other than the ones you noted. Where Steve Jobs was practical and business-oriented (he reinvested in the business), she be vacuous and vague and throw Steve’s hard-earned treasure to the wind.

Laurene Jobs was wise in one area though. She tried to get Steve to follow through with a traditional medical response when it was certain he had cancer.

Steve insisted on herbal remedies.

I think Steve picked the right time to die. A woman always tires of a tantrum-child boy-man and will eventually seek out a full fledged male. Steve was spared that eventuality.

The Canadien on October 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I thank you for this paragraph because it applies not only to college but also the working world.

“whether it’s affirmative action–and giving Black kids (but not White ones) a leg up on getting into college”

Paul Kersey has the statistics to back you up in every way Debbie. I am seeing plenty of unqualified college graduates take positions in the working world and they are not in the least bit qualified to hold.
College has done nothing for these graduates except make them followers of Political Correctness, Marx, Islam all followers of Lucifer.

Confederate South on October 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I was always amused by Jobs’ defense of his intellectual property in that virtually his entire company was founded on what he stole from Xerox PARC.

The Jobs cult likes to forget that without MS-DOS, microcomputing would have never gotten off the ground.

More than that, had Microsoft not been willing to license MS-Office for the Apple OS, their computer sales would have probably disappeared.

Apple always and forever will be known for proprietary products that are overpriced, and don’t work very well.

Red Ryder on October 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

From the early released excerpts from Steve Jobs’
Biography, it appears that he had strong issues
with ” The Zero.” He wasn’t adverse to putting cream
in his pie.
The man had a long history of pushing Presidents
buttons, going back to his days with Clinton/Gore.
Clinton stayed at Jobs Mansion while Chelsea
matriculated at Stanford, but Gore had a threesome
going on with Jobs and John Doerr.

Jai on October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Confederate South, also remember the financial mess that all of those Wall Street non-minority – non-affirmative action “well qualified” Ivy League educated folks left this country in. The Devil is a liar and a deceiver, and he will use those to whom you think are most “qualified” to bring this country to ruin.

And you mean Mrs. Jobs actually set up a program to help Black and Latino kids focus on higher education? How EEEEEEEEE-VILLLL! Funny how the same folks who criticize Black criminality and lawlessnes are the same folks who criticize those who set up programs that show kids there is a better way by taking advantage of all the educational opportunities our great country has to offer.

I give Steven Jobs credit for keeping his business and philantropy separate. Apple was involved in few if any philanthropic efforts. Jobs was a fierce competitor and wanted any profits to be redirected back into product and talent development. Whatever money he donated was his own. And he was not a supporter of the President, as he felt President Obama was anti-busines. He allegedly told the President that he would be a “one-termer” if he kept his same policies.

Justin on October 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Have you ever read any of Charles Gasparino’s books and his reporting about the Wall Street mess. I highly suggest that you and everyone read this gentleman’s works.
The current mess that the economy is in were caused by the Big Brokerage Houses peddling worthless debentures and willingly aided by the likes of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in the Democratic party.
Actually the total mess of Wall Street and the Democratic Party go far beyond what can be printed in Debbies blog.
Paul Kersey, Matt Drudge, Hunter Wallace, and many other blogs are focusing on Black Criminality. I mirror what they write.
Debbie focuses on Islamic extremism and evil.
Justin,just remember that if Black Criminals and Islamic extremists would not act as they do, there would be no cause to write.
Affirmative action and the Educational system=Marxist extremism.

Confederate South on October 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

He went to Reed College and was a Leftie? Whoda thunkit? 😉

Few are the men who are financially uber-successful who support the US, because the mass media hates the US, and these men get their values from the mass media.

Occam's Tool on October 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

The Canadien,

While I disagree w/ a lot of Job’s views as well as practices, his decision not to entertain Jandali is one that I support for a variety of reasons:

1. When he first learned that he was Steve Jobs’ biological father — instead of doing the sensible thing and approaching him in private — jandali called a press conference of media journalists to announce that he was Steve Jobs’ father. He also said that for cultural reasons, he didnt want to approach steve jobs – because it would be seen as a father lowering himself in front of his son. Rather he wanted Steve to read all this in the papers and be the one to contact him. This is what rubbed Jobs the wrong way. The question of being ‘man enough’ doesn’t even arise.

2. Steve was adopted out to Paul & Clara, and it was Jandali who abandoned his mother when his sister was 5. So the fathers’ rights argument is about as vapid in this case as it was in the case of Elian Gonzalez. Also, since Jobs was already adopted out to Paul & Clare, there is no way his mom & sister could have poisoned his ears – it was Jandali’s behavior in #1 above that caused Jobs to rebuff him.

3. In Islamic culture, adoption is not recognized as a valid parentage, and that’s what Jandali probably had in mind – dump his son to someone when young, and try digging for gold years later when he finds out what that kid has achieved. I don’t think any person is morally obligated to entertain such a ‘parent’. Moreover, Jobs, like most adopted kids, always regarded his adoptive parents as his real parents, so he was under no obligation to entertain them.

I have no comments on his decisions about his operation – ultimately, everybody has to make that decision for himself/herself, involving only the family and the docs involved.

Infidel on October 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

@ The Canadien on October 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Jobs never met his biological father, a decision one should respect. And he wasn’t the child of a Divorcee, he was given away for adoption.

Mallory on October 23, 2011 at 4:25 am

What is the difference between you and the guy on the corner begging for money?

John Scott Hutton (not afraid to use my name) on October 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

My question above is directed at the blogs author.

John Scott Hutton (not afraid to use my name) on October 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Why did the article kept referring Jobs’ wife as MS. Powell Jobs? It should be Mrs. Jobs, still a married widow, NOT a single married woman.

Chalk up another decline of traditional Western standards in the name of moronic progressivism.

Bob on October 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Man some of you right wing nutjobs are frkn STOOPID and so full of hate and shit that you’ve developed a darkened view of life!

    Your loser-ism is very obvious as is the fact that you blame a few brown or black people for the failure that is your life!!!!!

    It’s as off you need hate to feed from and ignorance to breath!!!!

    MaleCABayArea on October 16, 2012 at 4:39 am

All negative people – have a warm cup of STFU.

johnny c on October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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