Dems Poke Zuckerberg

DGA removes petition calling on Facebook billionaire to cancel Christie fundraiser
Mark Zuckerberg / AP

Mark Zuckerberg / AP


A major campaign arm of the Democratic Party made waves Thursday by officially calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to cancel a fundraiser for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

But the website promoting the effort had been removed by Friday morning.

The Democratic Governors Association, which was responsible for the effort, did not respond to inquiries about the site’s disappearance. The group’s Facebook page also scrubbed any mention of the effort, though a tweet promoting it remained.

The petition, which can be viewed here, asked supporters to “tell Zuckerberg to cancel his fundraiser and stop funding Gov. Christie’s re-election campaign.”

Zuckerberg and his wife will host the governor at their Palo Alto, Calif., home in February. A spokesperson for the 28-year-old billionaire said he and his wife “admire [Christie’s] leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark’s schoolchildren.”

Christie has led the way in education reform with measures in his state that increase teacher accountability and require members of government unions—including major teachers’ unions—to contribute to their own health care and benefit plans.

Christie and Zuckerberg have worked together on the education issue since at least 2010 when the founder of Facebook donated $100 million to the Newark, N.J., public school system.

Asked about the petition’s removal, a spokesman for Christie’s gubernatorial campaign said, “I don’t know why they took it down other than it was simply a really bad idea.”

Zuckerberg’s former roommate Chris Hughes, who is reputed to have invented the “poke” button, used his fortune from Facebook to buy a failing political magazine and redesign its logo.