Report: Mark Zuckerberg-Led Political Advocacy Group To Focus On Immigration Reform

By David Cohen 

More details are emerging on the political advocacy group reportedly being put together by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the group’s goal is to raise $50 million, and its focus is on comprehensive immigration reform.

The Journal added that more than one-dozen other technology executives, including LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman are on board, adding that Joe Lockhart, Facebook’s former vice president of corporate communications and White House press secretary under former President Bill Clinton, will be involved with the group.

A person familiar with the discussions told the Journal that the group plans to register as a 501(c)(4), a distinction reserved for social welfare groups that are not organized for profit.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Politics Blog reported earlier this week that the independent expenditure group was organized by Zuckerberg’s Harvard University roommate, Joe Green, and it will enlist the services of two Republican heavy hitters: Jon Lerner, who founded Red Sea and was behind Grover Norquist and his Club for Growth; and Rob Jesmer, a former strategist with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Zuckerberg hosted a fundraiser for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., in February, and he donated $100 million to the school system in Newark, N.J., in 2010.

Readers: Do you think this yet-unnamed group will be able to influence the federal government’s policies on immigration?