Facebook announced Thursday that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will host his first political fundraiser at his home for... New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Which begs the question: Is the world's most famous young exec actually a conservative wolf in a Silicon Valley hoodie? And all signs point to, well, possibly. Zuckerberg is registered to vote without a party preference, according to The Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon, adding that he has voted in the last two general elections. But isn't this the guy who's hung out with President Obama on more than one occasion? Or is this now the Zuckerberg who "liked" Mitt Romney and is falling for Christie just like everyone else already thinking about 2016 a bit early. Here's a mini-investigation into what we know:
Option No. 1: Mark Zuckerberg is a Republican!
- Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser next month for Christie's out-of-state swing as prepares to run for re-election. A Facebook spokesperson claimed that Zuckerberg admires Christie for his leadership on education reform and "other issues." Hmmm... what issues? Christie has been bullish on solar power and biotech as job creators, but then again, he's pretty bullish on everything.
- Facebook has hired a bunch of Republican lobbyists over the last couple of years, but then again, a lot of regulatory lobbyists are Republicans.
- Zuckerberg once "liked" former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Facebook, but then again, it was one of the biggest pages on Facebook last year.
- Last election, Facebook's PAC gave more money to Republicans than Democrats, but then again, Facebook has a lot of friends to make in Washington over constant privacy and anti-trust battles.
- Silicon Valley millionaires and billionaires tend to skew libertarian because of a fear of government oversight, but then again, even libertarian-leaning business leaders can love Obama.