Facebook’s CEO Said to Explore Forming Political Group

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has been expanding his own role in politics. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is exploring the formation of a political advocacy group that would focus on topics such as immigration, the economy, education and scientific research funding, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Zuckerberg is considering establishing the group with others in the technology community, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public.

Zuckerberg, co-founder of the world’s largest social-networking website, has been expanding his own role in politics. Last month, the billionaire welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to his California home, holding his first political fundraiser. In 2011, Zuckerberg hosted President Barack Obama at a town-hall meeting at Facebook’s then-headquarters in Palo Alto, California, appearing with Obama on stage as he fielded questions.

Jodi Seth, a spokeswoman for Facebook, declined to comment yesterday on whether Zuckerberg was planning to form an advocacy group.

The news was reported earlier by Politico and the San Francisco Chronicle.

(Corrects location of town hall meeting in third paragraph of story that ran March 26.)
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