I have a problem with Facebook’s Zuckerberg hosting a fundraiser for Chris Christie

When you’re wasting time on Facebook, don’t forget that the boss of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, is funding the destruction of teacher’s unions, and supporting a politician who is strongly against marriage equality.

It’s beyond me why any liberal would want to help fund Zuckerberg and his destructive politics but then again, it’s beyond me why liberals support quite a few anti-liberal Democrats.


In the summer of 2010, Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to help reform Newark’s schools. Zuckerberg had no previous relationship to New Jersey. Cory Booker just happened to sit down next to him at a dinner table at the Allen & Co. retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, an annual event at which billionaires and politicians gather to hobnob about the issues of the day. Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, is a teacher, and what little we know about Zuckerberg’s politics suggest that he has a sincere interest in education reform. This is something, incidentally, not at all uncommon among Silicon Valley executives, no matter what their political allegiance. Tech executives tend to think of themselves as problem solvers who embrace innovation. In their view, public education is broken in the United States. They’d love to fix it. And despite Valley liberalism, it is probably safe to say that the key elements of education reform in Newark — charter schools, breaking the power of teachers’ unions — won’t rankle the techies. Silicon Valley may be blue, but it is hardly a stronghold for organized labor.

Control over Newark’s schools, however, resided with the state government, so any big reform project had to go through Christie’s office. According to BusinessWeek and the New York Times, in the process of working out the details Zuckerberg, Christie and Booker got along famously. They announced the grant together on Oprah Winfrey’s television show and have been in what seems like reasonably close touch ever since. The Wall Street Journal reported that Christie and his wife stayed with Zuckerberg during at least one visit to Facebook last year.

Uh huh, because the problems with American school is the unions. Riiiigggghhhttt. (Be sure to note that “Democrat” Cory Booker is also keen to do the same.)

After registering with Facebook years ago (was it 2007?), I quickly became annoyed, then disgusted with its constant policy changes. Following multiple attempts to take ownership of user photos, I finally said “enough” and closed my account. That was around the time Zuckerberg hired a former Bush attorney, which also bothered me.

Provided you’re okay with pumping big money into destroying teachers and promoting hateful politics, go ahead and keep using Facebook. But don’t act surprised or outraged when he keeps dumping money into the hands of jerks like Christie.

An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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