Facebook Co-Founder Aims to Dump Trump With $20M Donation

Dustin Moskovitz barely makes political contributions, but 'this cycle is different'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2016 9:53 AM CDT
Facebook Co-Founder Aims to Dump Trump With $20M Donation
Dustin Moskovitz just made his feelings known on Donald Trump with a whole lot of cash.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Dustin Moskovitz can spend his billions of dollars any way he wants—and making sure Donald Trump doesn't make it into the White House is apparently one of his newest investments. The Facebook co-founder announced on Medium Friday that he and wife Cari Tuna would be making what CNN calls "a historically large donation" ($20 million) to at least six Democratic organizations and non-partisan voter advocacy groups, including the Hillary Victory Fund and MoveOn.org. Once the funds go out, Moskovitz will become the third-largest donor in Election 2016. "This decision was not easy, particularly because we have reservations about anyone using large amounts of money to influence elections," he writes on Medium.

The move seems a somewhat odd one for Mark Zuckerberg's former college roommate: Per CampaignMoney.com, Moskovitz's previous political contributions over the past 15 years or so have equaled just over $10,000, $5,200 of which went to Sean Eldridge, a political activist married to another Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes. And Moskovitz himself admits that using his resources for good causes hasn't traditionally included political donations. But "this [election] cycle is different," he writes, adding "the Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world." (Are Trump supporters still sending money to this "registered genius"?)

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