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
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles after speaking at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(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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Mar 25, 2013 9:13 PM CDT
The rich like illegal workers, low pay no benefits the perfect employee..
Mar 25, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
A visit to the offices of US software companies will show that 75% of their programmers are from China or India. Despite the fact that many speak broken English, they are better performers than MIT graduates. Many US software developers are paying transportation costs plus 50 thousand in cash for the chance to hire an Asian software programmer.
Mar 25, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
Quick learners are desperately needed in the US. Unemployed slow learners should welcome those whose abilities surpass their own, somebody is needed to do the brain work and pay the taxes. The nation cannot survive when 65% of the population cannot recite the English alphabet.