Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is spending some of his personal fortune on the creation of a new SuperPAC that will focus on the economy, education and immigration reform.
Zuckerberg and his former Harvard roommate, Joe Green, have joined with top tech industry executives to form the new independent expenditure group that “will be much more far-ranging and deal with an agenda of topics related to economic growth and vitality,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
But immigration reform will be a key issue of the new group that is looking to build a workforce of “highly skilled immigrants.” The executives “say they support reforms to create a path to citizenship for undocumented people for the good of the nation and economy,” Politico reported.
Zuckerberg has brought in a team of both Republican and Democrat strategists as advisors, the Chronicle said, with notables like “Jon Lerner, the Republican strategist who founded Maryland-based Red Sea LLC and who is behind Grover Norquist and his Club for Growth” and “ultra-conservative GOP consultant Rob Jesmer, a former strategist with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.”
This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has hinted at his political affiliations, though, the Daily Mail reminded:
In 2011, Zuckerberg donated $100million to help improve public schools in Newark, New Jersey, sparking a close-knit relationship with the state’s governor, Chris Christie.
And last month, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, hosted the Republican governor at their Palo Alto home for a fundraiser with many of Silicon Valley’s tech darlings, a move that stirred controversy among Democrats.