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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?