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Facebook’s CEO Said to Explore Forming Political Group

April 11, 2013

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

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

Facebook Inc. (FB:US) 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Womack in San Francisco at bwomack1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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