Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Elon Musk Quits Zuckerberg’s Immigration Advocacy Group

May 20th, 2013 by  

Photo Credit: jdlasica / / CC BY-NC

Photo Credit: jdlasica / / CC BY-NC

Elon Musk has decided to leave the immigration reform advocacy group after it funded advertisements for senators supporting oil drilling in Alaska and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada.

The 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 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 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.

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  • Ross

    Elon up even higher and Zuckerberg down further.

  • Well done Elon. I don’t know how you got pulled into this in the first place. It looks like a bait and switch tactic. More explanation is needed. Did create ads for or against Rubio and company?

    • Bob_Wallace

      That link you post smells like Karl Rove to me….

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