Is Facebook Hillary’s secret weapon?
Well, just follow the cash.
Facebook’s co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz, who’s worth an estimated $12.7 billion, donated an astonishing amount of money to defeat Trump in recent weeks, stunning even top Democrat officials.
First he dropped $20 million. Then another $15 million.
Now pro-Hillary forces are looking to him as the secret weapon of bottomless cash to push Hillary’s campaign to victory.
Moskovitz split his donations across multiple groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a joint fundraising committee for Hillary, Moveon.org, and a variety of other leftist groups.
But realizing Moskovitz is new to the political game, Democrats are struggling with how to weave Moskovitz into the campaign.
“This is a unicorn-type campaign gift — you just don’t see someone basically walk into a campaign without a significant track record of activity and contribute at this level,” said veteran Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a Clinton White House alum who works closely with top party donors in Silicon Valley.”
However, this isn’t the first time Hillary’s folks have wanted to get Facebook on their side.
In fact, leaked WikiLeaks emails reveal Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sanderberg, reached out to Hillary’s campaign Chairman John Podesta and asked if he’d meet with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Sanderberg mentioned Zuckerberg was interested in shaping advocacy efforts, and wanted to meet with people who would help him “move the needle” on public policy issues like immigration.
She continued to reiterate Zuckerberg’s desire to meet folks who could “inform his understanding about effective political operations to advance public policy goals”.
Of course, realizing the importance of having Zuckerberg’s cash (and network) on Hillary’s side, Wikileaks emails show Podesta agreed to meet with Zuckerberg.
But many ask, what’s in it for Moskovitz? Why is someone who’s never been interested in politics, or advancing public policy goals like Zuckerberg, suddenly so interested in the 2016 Presidential election?
In a statement released by Moskovitz and his wife, he admits point blank his distaste for Trump, and his desire to see Hillary Clinton as America’s next President.
“The Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world. We believe their positions, especially on immigration, which purport to improve the lives of Americans, would in practice hurt citizens and noncitizens alike.
In contrast, the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton in particular, is running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit,” Moskovitz wrote in September on behalf of himself and his wife, Cari Tuna, calling Trump’s promises “quite possibly a deliberate con, an attempt to rally energy and support without the ability to deliver. His proposals are so implausible that the nation is forced to worry that his interest in the presidency might not even extend beyond winning a contest and promoting his personal brand.”
If Facebook’s top officials have their way, Trump won’t make it anywhere near the White House.
Moskovitz’s $35 million donation to pro-Hillary groups just might be enough to finish off Trump’s campaign.
Top Democrat officials point out that, although they hadn’t planned for this extra source of cash, they will put it to good use to improve their election ground game.
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