Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly reaching out past the world of social media and into politics with his own Silicon Valley SuperPAC.
The start-up will focus primarily on education and immigration
reform, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and was organized
by Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate Joe Green. Green previously
co-founded digital politics service NationBuilder but left the
company last month.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Google CEO Eric Schmidt have also
been rumored to be among the SuperPAC enlistees. Others have gone
unnamed, but some have reportedly pledged between $2 million and $5
Reports indicated that the SuperPAC has hired Republican
strategist Jon Lerner, who founded the conservative Club for Growth
network and has spent time working with former Minnesota Governor
Tim Pawlenty as well as Tea Party campaigns.
Joining him will be fellow GOP strategist and former executive
director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Rob
Chief among the new organization’s goals will be to develop
“a workforce of highly skilled immigrants” and to put
pressure on US President Barack Obama to formulate a new, simple
path for full citizenship.
Zuckerberg, 28, donated $100 million to Newark, New Jersey
schools in 2011 and organized a fundraiser for Republican New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Through his rise to fame the
Facebook CEO has remained quiet about his political beliefs but
could be a powerful player, in no small part because of his $13.3
billion net worth.
Facebook representatives have yet to comment on the new SuperPAC
but a source near the movement’s genesis told POLITICO that
Zuckerberg’s new activity is unlikely to affect the social media
network used by more than one billion people worldwide.
“Leaders are coming together on a broader agenda,” the source said. “It’s not necessarily company driven.”