Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has not made a decision about whether to donate to a 2016 presidential candidate.
“We don’t have any comment on that,” he told Bloomberg News. “I mean, no—no real decision on that.”
But Zuckerberg has already donated plenty to pro-amnesty candidates and causes. As The Hill noted, Zuckerberg has given to candidates on both sides of the aisle who support comprehensive amnesty legislation like Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-CA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
The Hill mentioned that Zuckerberg’s support for Rubio “likely stems from the Florida senator’s previous backing for immigration reform” and Rubio’s agreement with Silicon Valley executives that “more visas should be issued to high-skilled workers.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told CNN last week that his fellow “Gang of Eight” Senator’s “fingerprints are all over” the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill.
“He was not only totally committed—he was in that room with us, with four Democrats, four Republicans… for hours a day, week after week after week,” Schumer told CNN. “His fingerprints are all over that bill. It has a lot of Rubio imprints.”
Schumer added that Rubio “understood it, he molded it, he made it a tough path to citizenship.”
“But we all agreed to it, and it would have to be a tough path to citizenship,” Schumer continued. “But he was all for it.”
One candidate who probably will not receive a donation from Zuckerberg is Donald Trump, who, in his immigration plan, blasted Rubio as “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator.” Trump criticized Rubio’s support to triple the number of H-1B visas when there is not a shortage of American tech workers, saying the H-1B increase would especially “decimate women and minorities.
Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty FWD.us group blasted Trump’s immigration plan as “absurd.”
“It is astounding that some in a party that espouses smaller government wants one big enough to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and millions of their US citizen family members,” FWD.us president Todd Schulte recently said. “Mass deportation is absurd on its face and these policies are indefensible on human, economic and political grounds.”
The Hill points out that Rubio also has a strong relationship with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie—“one of Zuckerberg’s first major acts of philanthropy was donating $100 million to public schools in Newark. Christie was also the beneficiary of Zuckerberg’s first political fundraiser.”
On the left, Hillary Clinton, who has said she would go even further than President Barack Obama on amnesty, has reportedly raised more money this election cycle in California than in New York.