Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown3
Elon Musk Quits Zuckerberg’s Immigration Advocacy Group
Elon Musk has decided to leave the immigration reform advocacy group FWD.us after it funded advertisements for senators supporting oil drilling in Alaska and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada.
The FWD.us group was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and it is supposed to advocate for educational and immigration reform to increase the influx of highly skilled and educated workers into the US, citing the fact that the United States is a nation of immigrants and that immigration plays a major role in its history.
The advertisements FWD.us funded were not focused on immigration, however, but instead on the views of Republican Senators Marco Rubio from Florida and Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, such as their support for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska.
Elon Musk’s decision, as determined as he is to reduce US reliance on petroleum-based transportation, does not surprise me. However, no one from Tesla has confirmed that these ads were the exact reason for removing support. The speculation comes from the fact that Sierra Club and MoveOn.org responded strongly to the ads, and following that, Elon Musk’s name was removed from the webpage of backers.
David Sacks, a former colleague of Musk’s at PayPal and the founder of business networking site Yammer (think: Facebook for businesses), was also removed from the backers list.