Launch Plan For Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Advocacy Group Contained Several Errors

By David Cohen 

The launch plan for the political advocacy group being led by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg encountered a few issues, as Joe Green, the plan’s author and a roommate of Zuckerberg at Harvard University, confirmed to Politico that it contained several inaccuracies.

Politico obtained the prospectus, which stated that the immigration reform-focused group would be named Human Capital, and that Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates and Facebook board member and Andreessen Horowitz Co-Founder Marc Andreessen were founding members.

The launch plan also offered three reasons why technology executives could become a powerful political force:

  1. We control massive distribution channels, both as companies and individuals. We saw the tip of the iceberg with SOPA/PIPA.
  2. Our voice carries a lot of weight because we are broadly popular with Americans.
  3. We have individuals with a lot of money. If deployed properly, this can have huge influence in the current campaign finance environment.

However, a source familiar with the group told Politico that Gates and Andreessen have not yet committed to the group, and that it would not be named Human Capital, adding that tech executives who are involved would not use their companies to promote its message, as those actions would likely run afoul of broadcasting and campaign-finance laws.

Green told Politico:

Several prominent leaders in the tech community, operating solely as individuals, continue to work on forming an issues advocacy organization that would seek to promote issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and education reform. However, some of the information contained in this email is outdated and not representative of the kind of work this organization will perform. Moreover, I regret that some of the language in the email was poorly chosen and could give a misimpression of the views and aspirations of this organization and those associated with it.

Readers: What are your thoughts on this political advocacy group?

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