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Forum Post: Mark Zuckerberg’s New Political Group Spending Big On Ads Supporting Keystone XL And Oil Drilling

Posted 11 years ago on April 27, 2013, 1:57 p.m. EST by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN
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By Josh Israel and Judd Legum on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

Credit: Guillaume Paumier Mark Zuckerberg’s new political group, which bills itself as a bipartisan entity dedicated to passing immigration reform, has spent considerable resources on ads advocating a host of anti-environmental causes — including driling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and constructing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The umbrella group, co-founded by Facebook’s Zuckerberg, NationBuilder’s co-founder Joe Green, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, Dropbox’s Drew Houston, and others in the tech industry, is called FWD.US. Its initial priority is the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, including enhanced border security, more visas for workers with special skills, and a pathway to citizenship for those living in the U.S. without legal status. Other long-term priorities for the group include education reform and expanded scientific research. FWD.US is bankrolling two subsidiary organizations to purchase TV ads to advance the overarching agenda — one run by veteran Republican political operatives and one led by Democratic strategists. The GOP-lead group, called Americans For A Conservative Direction, has created an ad in support of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) which praises him for supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and expanded drilling elsewhere. The ad, which does not mention immigration policy, also attacks Obamacare, “wasteful stimulus spending,” and “seedy Chicago-style politics.” Politico reports the group plans a seven-figure buy with this and other ads. Watch the ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3Iih8K0U27k

The other group, called Council for American Job Growth and purportedly intended to appeal to liberals, lauds Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) for “working to open ANWR to drilling.” The ad also does not mention immigration reform but does highlight Begich’s support of a balanced budget amendment. Watch the spot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YHuJkHge-sw

The group’s forceful advocacy for expanded drilling and pipeline construction is surprising given Zuckerberg’s public statements about the purpose of the group. In an introductory column, Zuckerberg said that the group would be dedicated to “building the knowledge economy,” which he contrasts to “the economy of the last century… primarily based on natural resources.” Zuckerberg adds, “there are only so many oil fields, and there is only so much wealth that can be created from them for society.” Both ads appear to be trying to give political cover to vulnerable centrists, in hopes of ensuring their support for major immigration reform — though Graham’s support seems certain as he is a member of the Gang of Eight pushing the measure. But the proposals already enjoy broad popularity among both Republicans and the public overall. In the past, Zuckerberg has emphasized the importance of moving from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.



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[-] 3 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 11 years ago

See these tech fucks are not liberal or progressive they are business men that makes them our enemies. Democrats are the republicans for fucks sake. The only immigration reform we need is the enforcement of existing laws implicitly the arrest and prosecution of those that hire illegal workers. More skilled workers my ass they want to drive down wages of americans with high tech skill sets. More drilling for oil in protected lands? Fuck you. And while i support a balanced budget I don't support an amendment preventing there from being a deficit that is just plain dumb. Somehow I doubt their attacks on obamacare are it is not single payer healthcare. I am so sick of these fucking nobodies the media lionizes into somebodies. Our system is so fucked and these are the pricks they think have the innovation to make things better it is a fucking joke on all of us FUCKKKKKKKK.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 11 years ago

Another good reason to unfriend facebook.