Report: Zuckerberg’s Connections, Millions Couldn’t Defeat Tea Party on AmnestyPosted: July 8, 2014
Politico concluded that “Zuckerberg’s immigration reform push had all the capital, connections and star power to merit success,” but “not even Silicon Valley could make this investment — and the Facebook founder’s first foray into national politics — pay off.”
Zuckerberg’s FWD.us reportedly “surpassed its $50 million fundraising goal Zuckerberg set and has almost $25 million still squirreled away.” According to Politico, “much of the money went to media buys,” including a deceptive $150,000 ad buy in North Carolina that declared pro-amnesty Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was against amnesty to ensure that she would win her primary. But despite some small wins, the group, Politico notes, learned some “sobering lessons” of Washington.
One big lesson is that the record number of Americans who hate Congress also despise the bipartisan “Boomtown” elites Zuckerberg courted to pass amnesty legislation.
Facebook contributors are a “who’s who” of the tech world, and its strategists are some of the top members of Washington’s bipartisan permanent political class. For instance, “director Todd Schulte served as former chief of staff at Priorities USA, a super PAC that supported President Barack Obama,” and “its campaign manager, Rob Jesmer, worked as the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.” Its “consultants worked for numerous presidents and both sides of the aisle,” according to Politico.
So it is with irony that a photo of Zuckerberg with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) contributed to Cantor’s shocking ouster, which effectively killed amnesty legislation this year. Before Dave Brat shockingly defeated Cantor in a June primary, he spent weeks tying Cantor directly to Zuckerberg and the permanent political class he courted. Brat’s campaign sent out flyers that had a photo of Cantor and Zuckerberg to hammer home the point that the bipartisan political class cares more about cronyism than American workers. The flyers said, “There are 20 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job. But Eric Cantor wants to give corporations another 20 million foreign workers to hire instead.”
Brat attacked the high-tech industry’s demands for more high-tech guest-worker visas, even though numerous nonpartisan scholars and studies have shown there is a surplus–not a shortage–of American high-tech workers…(read more)
- Laura Ingraham: Cantor Vote Was Seen as ‘Green Light’ for Amnesty (breitbart.com)
- Laura Ingraham: Cantor Loss ‘Massive Wake-Up Call’ for GOP on Amnesty (breitbart.com)
- Eric Cantor Primary Loss a Referendum Against Amnesty (breitbart.com)
- Cantor loses by 11 million voters (humanevents.com)
- Cantor Campaigning As Anti-Amnesty Champion (dailycaller.com)
- Notes on Cantorgeddon (dailycaller.com)
- Mainstream Media on Cantor Shocker: We Should’ve Read Breitbart News (breitbart.com)