Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +0.46% has hired Jeffrey Miller, a close ally of President Donald Trump, to lobby for the tech giant as it tries to avoid being hit with new tariffs. CNBC first reported the news Thursday, citing a federal lobbying disclosure document. The document shows Miller's lobbying firm reached a deal with Apple in October. Miller is a major fundraiser for Trump's re-election campaign and served as vice finance chairman for Trump's inaugural committee. The amount he is being paid by Apple was not disclosed. Apple is seeking for its products -- especially iPhone parts and Apple Watches -- to be exempt from tariffs on Chinese goods scheduled to take effect Dec. 15. CEO Tim Cook has met with Trump a number of times to discuss business issues, and told the president in August that tariffs against China could hurt Apple's bottom line.