We know FWD.us has been working both sides of the aisle with covert TV ads, but the social network's corporate PAC is also pushing its immigration agenda with a more traditional ploy: cash handouts. Here's who's on the take, and for how much:
The single biggest recipient of cash from the PAC was Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a key figure in negotiations to get the recent immigration bill passed in the Senate. Bennet, a member of the so-called "Gang of 8," has long been a proponent of overhauling immigration rules...Bennet picked up $10,000 from Facebook's PAC — $5,000 to his campaign committee and $5,000 to his leadership PAC.
Of course, Republicans are happy
with FWD.us, too:
The PAC also gave the maximum of $5,000 to other members of the Gang of 8, including $5,000 each to the leadership PACs of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). The PAC donated to $16,000 to five members of the 13 members of the Senate's subcommittee on immigration, refugees and border security.
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Update: A previous version of this post mistakenly identified the donor entity as FWD.us, a lobbying group which Facebook leads, rather than Facebook's own PAC.