Zuckerberg launches new policy group

After weeks of rumors, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders have taken the wraps off a new political group that plans to advocate for immigration reform, better schools and more investment in scientific research.

The new group is backed by a number of tech industry luminaries, including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Yelp chairman Max Levchin, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Google chairman Eric Schmidt, along with venture capitalists Ron Conway, Jim Breyer, John Doerr and others.  It goes by the name FWD.us

While the group did not give many details of how they plan to operate, previous reports have indicated that the founding members had planned a budget of up to $50 million.  As to whether the group will seek to lobby Congress, mobilize public opinion or support candidates, the answer appears to be all three:

“We will work with members of Congress from both parties, the administration and state and local officials,” Zuckerberg wrote in an essay that announced the group’s official launch in the Washington Post on Thursday.

“We will use online and offline advocacy tools to build support for policy changes,” he continued, “and we will strongly support those willing to take the tough stands necessary to promote these policies in Washington.”




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  • steve hammill

    Four Wheel Drive.US…NOPE!
    Pretty transparent site name.
    Age discrimination in the leadership; almost no gray hair.