Mark Zuckerberg's pet lobbying group has a new CTO, Darius Contractor. Like any friend of Zuck's, Darius has an extensive back catalog of Facebook tags, including one in which he's dressed as an American Indian, standing before a "God Bless America" banner in front of a door on which a border crossing warning sign hangs. Immigration reform was a natural next step.
FWD.us, Mark Zuckerberg's self-serving non-profit, which has already recruited a hedge fund honcho and "a diverse group" of tech billionaires to its cause, picked up five more "major contributors" to immigration reform today, including AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer, whose IPO made him "Silicon Alley's first billionaire."
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham is listed as a "major contributor" to FWD.us, Mark Zuckerberg's powerful lobbying firm whose primary focus has been immigration reform. But just because Graham wants to bring foreign workers to the U.S., doesn't mean he'd let them into his fabled Silicon Valley accelerator.
Elon Musk had enough of FWD.us and its political doublespeak, but that doesn't mean the PAC is going down. To the contrary, AllThingsD reports it just recruited new media mogul Barry Diller and YouTube co-founder/Delicious ruiner Steven Chen. As long as Zuck can rally more money than he alienates, he should be OK!
John Doerr is a White House advisor, prominent billionaire, and Silicon Valley household name—at least among yuppie Valley households who care. Six years ago, he famously stepped back and forth across a TED Talk stage cheerleading "green tech," warning of global environmental disaster, and breaking into tears at the prospect. Today, he's bankrolling Mark Zuckerberg's dirty fuel campaign. What the hell happened?