Zuckerberg, Tech Leaders, Form Immigration Advocacy PAC

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013 12:52 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who until now has stayed out of politics, is joining with other tech executives to seek comprehensive immigration reform through an issues advocacy group.

The social network's founder has reportedly committed as much as $20 million to the new super PAC's efforts, reports The San Francisco Chronicle, and has convinced other business leaders to pledge as much as $2 million to $5 million each.

The tech industry is seeking immigration reform in order to bring more global talent to the United States. However, Zuckerberg and other executives in the new group also support a path to citizenship for undocumented people, saying it is good for the nation and its economy.

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Zuckerberg has not, until now, delved into politics, reports Politico. However, he seems to be increasing his involvement on both sides of the aisle. The 28-year-old billionaire recently hosted Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his home for a fundraiser, drawing complaints from Democrats and protesters to his Palo Alto, Calif. Home.

But as far as campaign contributions, Zuckerberg has made just two donations of $5,000 each to Facebook's own political action committee. He's generous with other donations, though, including giving $100 million to schools in Newark, N.J.

Zuckerberg's former Harvard roommate, Joe Green, is also involved in the group. Green is the co-founder of NationBuilder and Causes, but recently resigned from NationBuilder to become an entrepreneur in residence at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture firm.

The new group is working with a bipartisan group of consultants that includes Joe Lockhart of the Glover Park Group; Republican strategist Jon Lerner, and Rob Jesmer, a Republican strategist and former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Lockhart is a former White House communications secretary under President Bill Clinton who worked for Facebook as vice president of global communications before departing late last year.

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