. . . in hopes of “friending” members of Congress willing to do his bidding. Or more precisely, Zuckerberg has arranged for key GOP leaders from Washington to come to him. The Inquirer:
Facebook is looking to get a firmer grip on Washington by bankrolling its own Polticical Action Committee, which will back politicians it wants to be friends with.
Facebook told political blog The Hill that the committee “will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”
Names of Washington pols who are committed to “promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” don’t immediately spring to mind. It’s easier to think of pols who believe corporations should be given every chance to harvest consumers’ information while tracking their political views.
Facebook noticeably hosted a rake of Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, at a jobs and technology summit at its Silicon Valley offices on Monday, according to the Washington Post.
Facebook is also hiring a slew of well-connected “security and privacy” lobbyists, including some well-known Democrats, according to this piece by Cecilia Kang.