New York Times, March 31, 2016
Some of the country's best-known corporations are nervously grappling with what role they should play at the Republican National Convention, given the likely nomination of Donald J. Trump, whose divisive candidacy has alienated many women, African-Americans and Hispanics.
An array of activist groups is organizing a campaign to pressure the companies to refuse to sponsor the gathering, which which many of the corporations have done for both the Republican and Democratic parties for decades.
The pressure is emerging as some businesses and trade groups are already privately debating whether to scale back their participation, according to interviews with more than a dozen lobbyists, consultants and fund-raisers directly involved in the conversations.
In addition to Mr. Trump's divisive politics, there is the possibility that protests, or even violence, will become the focus of attention.
Mr. Trump has suggested that there will be "riots" if he is not chosen as the party's nominee, and the city of Cleveland recently sought bids for about 2,000 sets of riot gear for it's police force.