Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Yammer founder David Sacks have stepped down from Mark Zuckerberg’s political lobbying group FWD.us, according to Reuters. FWD.us started as an immigration reform group with $20 million in funding from Mark Zuckerberg. FWD.us funded advertisements that praise Republicans who support the Keystone pipeline. The Sierra Club, Progressives United, and MoveOn.org were several out of many progressive groups that boycotted FWD.us as a result of the ads.
Below is one of the ads that was funded by FWD.us:
Since Musk has an impeccable environmental record at Tesla Motors, we can understand why he would not want to be associated with a group that indirectly promotes a pro-Keystone pipeline cause. Perhaps some of the supporters that joined believed that FWD.us would focus on positive immigration reform changes rather than hard-core political causes.
This is not the first time that FWD.us has dealt with negative publicity. FWD.us director, Joe Green, issued a statement of regret about a leaked statement from the organization. ?Given the status of our funders and quality of our team, we will drive national and local narratives to properly frame our agenda,? said the controversial statement.
FWD.us splits funds between Democratic and Republican teams in exchange for the support immigration initiatives.