Facebook founder Zuckerberg plans lobbying group

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters recently in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters recently in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to extend the influence he has on social media to Capitol Hill.

Zuckerberg, with the help of a Harvard University alum, plans to create a lobbying group of technology industry leaders to push for political reforms on issues ranging from immigration to education.

The group might push reforms that make it easier for immigrants skilled in engineering, math and science to get visas or green cards to work in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the effort. Tech execs already support legislation that would create a new visa for foreign-born entrepreneurs who hire American workers.

The new lobbying group reportedly would be announced within a few weeks. The goal is to raise $50 million for the effort, which would be a drop in the bucket when you consider the billionaire status of 28-year-old Zuckerberg and others in his sphere.

Zuckerberg already has “tens of millions of dollars” in commitments from more than a dozen tech executives, including himself and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, according to the report.

Zuckerberg is no stranger to politics. He’s hosted a political fundraiser for Republic New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a town hall for Democratic President Barack Obama, with whom the Facebook co-founder has met on several occasions.

What do you think about Zuckerberg’s effort to use more of the tech industry’s muscle  in dealing with Washington?

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March 28th, 2013
2:31 pm

Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s first and foremost purpose is to make more money for this clown. He should illegally tap into the Congressional database like did at Harvard and create “how hot is the rep” site. It worked once.

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Timmy

March 29th, 2013
9:10 am

Dang! Jay Bookman has crazy numbers of comments after each one of his editorials. Yep…

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Chris

March 30th, 2013
10:01 am

I am glad he is interested. I look forward to seeing his efforts work for Americans. I am not in favor of any more visas until Americans are back to work first as many still do not have jobs, How about giving up more entry level tech jobs to people right out of college and then fast track them for apprentice type jobs that give them skills to do more skilled jobs.