Muckety
 
 
 
 
 

Facebook’s conservative tilt

By Laurie Bennett

July 15, 2013 at 6:14am

Mark Zuckerberg’s nascent political life is giving rise to speculation that he leans more right than left.

He did, after all, host a fundraiser for Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. And FWD.us, the lobbying group he co-founded with other tech entrepreneurs, has supported a Republican group that backs drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

An examination of the political ties of other high-level folks at Facebook suggests that Zuckerberg is hardly alone.

Facebook VP Joel Kaplan is on the board of the aforementioned Republican group, called Americans for a Conservative Direction.

Ted Ullyot, who recently stepped down as Facebook VP and general counsel after five years in the job, is a director of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco think tank that advocates for a free market.

Ullyot’s conservative creds are impressive. He was a deputy assistant to George W. Bush, chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

And then there’s Facebook board member Peter Thiel, a billionaire who invested early in Zuckerberg’s startup.

Thiel is a former overseer of the Hoover Institution and a contributor to the conservative Club for Growth and Endorse Liberty, the super PAC that worked for Ron Paul’s election as president in 2012.

Another Facebook board member, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, was a big donor to the major super PAC supporting Mitt Romney.

Of course, Facebook isn’t all Republican, all the time. Director Erskine Bowles was chief of staff to Bill Clinton. VP Marne L. Levine was chief of staff to Obama’s National Economic Council.

Yet the most prominent Facebook Democrats tend to be people who have left the company.

Former chief privacy officer Chris Kelly quit in 2010 to run for California attorney general. Co-founder Chris Hughes now publishes The New Republic.

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Business · Politics · Recent Stories  

0 Comments

  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.


Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
      
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC