/// Elon Musk and David Sacks Depart Fwd.us, Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Action Group

May 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Elon Musk and David Sacks, two of the Silicon Valley stars behind Fwd.us, Mark Zuckerberg’s political action committee, have left the group, according to sources familiar with the matter. The group, spearheaded by Zuckerberg himself and launched in late March , aims to advocate for issues related to immigration reform and education, among other things. Along with former members Musk and Sacks, the group touts an all-star list of Valley luminaries, including LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, eBay’s John Donahoe, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr, among many others. But Fwd.us has recently come under fire inside the beltway and by some in Silicon Valley, due to some of the group’s tactics and ties to conservative lawmakers on the hill. Environmentalist groups like the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters, as well as MoveOn.org and immigration-rights organizations like Presente.org, announced they would pull existing Facebook ads and hold any orders for new ones for a minimum of two weeks — a response to seeing Fwd.us-backed political ads for conservative lawmakers who support controversial policies like Arctic oil drilling and building the Keystone XL pipeline. Musk, of course, is the CEO of Tesla Motors, which specializes in eco-friendly electric vehicles. He also sits on the board as chairman of SolarCity, a company focused on solar energy. A Fwd.us spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment.

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