Zuckerberg Joins Big-Money PAC to Loosen Immigration

Hard-line GOP strategist is among bipartisan consultants

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 23, 2013 4:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg, political advocate? Yep, the Facebook CEO has joined other executives in forming an advocacy group that's likely to focus on various issues, starting with US immigration, Politico reports. No surprise there: It's already a hot topic among Silicon Valley executives competing for global talent. And Zuckerberg recently joined other tech execs in lobbying Washington for a "more open and flexible" US immigration system, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A few more juicy details:

  • Zuckerberg has thrown big money at the new group—maybe up to $20 million—and persuaded others to pitch in $2 million to $5 million.
  • His old Harvard roomie, Joe Green, is a central player in the group.
  • Executives are working with consultants on both sides of the political aisle, including GOP strategist Jon Lerner, who once produced an ad that described liberals as "latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading" freaks.
  • Zuckerberg has raised eyebrows among Democrats by hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican. Protesters stood outside his Palo Alto, Calif., house during the event.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles after speaking at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles after speaking at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2013. Zuckerberg on Thursday unveiled a new look for the social network's News Feed, the place where its 1 billion users congregate to see what's happening with their friends, family and favorite businesses.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2013. Zuckerberg on Thursday unveiled a new look for the social network's News Feed, the place where...   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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