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Facebook co-founder pledges $20 million to help stop Donald Trump becoming president

By midian182
Sep 9, 2016
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  1. It seems that apart from a few notable exceptions, such as Peter Thiel, the tech industry isn’t a big fan of Donald Trump. There have already been two instances of CEOs coming together to rally against a Trump presidency, and now Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has pledged $20 million to stop the Republican Party nominee from winning the November election.

    In a Medium post titled “Compelled to Act,” Moskovitz announced his commitment to donate the money to several Democratic organizations supporting Hillary Clinton, including the Hillary Victory Fund.

    The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund and For Our Future PAC both receive the largest share of the donation - $5 million each. The remaining $10 million will be split between the DSCC, the DCCC, MoveOn.org Political Action, Color Of Change PAC, as well as “several nonpartisan voter registration and GOTV efforts.”

    Moskovitz said Trump is “running on a zero-sum vision” in the Medium post. Adding that “If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community.”

    While both Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, have voted for the Democrats in previous elections, this is the first time they have endorsed or donated to a candidate.

    "We hope these efforts make it a little more likely that Secretary Clinton is able to pursue the agenda she’s outlined, and serve as a signal to the Republican Party that by running this kind of campaign — one built on fear and hostility — and supporting this kind of candidate, they compel people to act in response. We are not the only ones being activated so strongly during this election," Moskovitz added.

    Back in March, several top tech bosses, billionaires, and senior members of Trump’s own Republican party came together to discuss stopping the real estate mogul. This was followed in July by 150 of the technology industry's biggest names signing an open letter opposing his candidacy for president.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    The way Trump plays his hand - I'll see your 20, and raise another 50 back at ya.

    Even though his campaign was built entirely on his own financial strength and nothing else, it is not to say that Hillary is dragging her feet over financial issues.

    Therefore I doubt that throwing some extra money is gonna be much of help.

    People who want to help - they come and fight for it. Those who do not really want to bother - they just throw money at it and call it a day.
     
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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    Two big parts of Trump's campaign are his anti-globalism and anti-immigration positions. Tech companies, who profit off of globalism and mass immigration, aren't fans.

    Color me surprised.
     
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  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,518   +506

    Make the internet great again
     
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    I've not really kept up with this whole Trump ordeal but he's become a bit of meme in the YouTube comment sections so I must ask. Is he likely to become the next president? If Brexit taught me anything, expect the unexpected xD
     
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  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    I don't want Trump or Clinton.

    In other words, thanks for wasting your money.
     
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  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +276

    Historically speaking, China back in the 15th century or so, was much like the US is now. They were in many ways more advanced than the rest of the world. Then China cut itself off from the rest of the world instituting an isolationist policy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolationism

    I think many still believe that China is yet still recovering from that 15th century isolation.

    Some might think that it is a great policy because it prevents those with opposing viewpoints from entering the country, and in this day and age, that is perceived as preventing entry of terrorists to a country. However, it works both ways. Isolationism could prevent exports, and it could prevent imports of technology and ideas that might spur further innovation and economic development.

    As I see it, isolationism is a knee-jerk reaction that fosters a feel-good mentality, we're better than they are, we don't need them, and for sure, we will prevent all bad from affecting us. IMO, humanity, though, is at its best when there is a free and open exchange of ideas. Unless there is drastic economic change, and what that might be I do not know, there will inevitably be those who have not wanting to have the things of "those who have," and perhaps, willing to do anything to achieve those ends.

    With isolationism, we might pay a heavy price that stands a chance of lasting for centuries. There's a saying about history repeating itself if the lessons are not learned.
     
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  8. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    The fact that trump ISN'T beating Hillary in a landslide just shows how incompetent he is as a candidate.
     
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  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +276

    I have to agree with you on that.
     
  10. SteveC47

    SteveC47 TS Rookie

    I am no fan of Trump and no fan of the Hillirat. Don't think Techspot is the place to get into the political debate.

    The tech companies are afraid that Trump is going to enforce H1B1 rules or limit it's use. As someone said above, tech companies are pro globalization, one world order.

    I am surprised they are voting for a Democrat since the Democrat politicians are bitching about tech companies like Google moving their money overseas to avoid paying taxes.
     
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  11. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    Good luck with that... A waste of money if you ask me. Both "nominees" are terrible choices. I get to pick between a c*nt or a douche, meh. Both have a good chance of destroying our country further. Obama has already screwed us enough, hasn't anyone learned?
     
  12. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    I agree for the most part... The US was founded on the idea of immigration, and just about the entire country is formed of immigrants. Banning a specific group of people isn't going to solve the problem (although admittedly it might slow it down) but there are still plenty of terrorists already in the country. Immigrants need to be accepted with open arms, but their past should be scrutinized to learn as much about them as possible. And if a known "terrorist" is trying to enter the country, let them... Say "Thanks for turning yourself in, here is your cell."

    Just because the US should let everyone in though doesn't mean they should be getting so much assistance. This is the "land of opportunity" and you have to find it [opportunity] yourself. You shouldn't expect the country to hold your hand the entire way to success. The country needs to stop giving things away for free to every begging hand, and needs to be extremely vigilant with groups of people known to cause problems. And yes at this time, I'm speaking of those who follow the Islamic/Muslim faith. That is not to say people of other religions haven't caused problems either though.
     
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  13. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +276

    I hear what you are saying, however, the US is also supposed to be a country where freedom of religion is tolerated. Extremism, though, knows no religious boundaries. Labeling all those who are Islamic/Muslim as undesirables, IMO, is another feel good approach, but has the effect of labeling non-terrorists as terrorists because they happen to be Islamic/Muslim.

    As I see it, this is the equivalent of labeling all Catholics/Christians terrorists because members of the Mafia are Catholic/Christian. I think it is not beyond those who regularly post here to see that such labeling is equally unfair to those of Catholic/Christian faith.

    What is being fought in both cases is violent extremists. I think that there will be unwarranted suffering until we learn to leave religion behind in the labeling of violent extremism, and I also think we can do better to those who have nothing to do with violent extremism - no matter what they choose as their personal faith.
     
  14. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 59   +38

    It also shows up people don't want to vote for Clinton either... The story isn't just on Trump. The real story is how this nation don't want niether of these clowns but yet have some how made it to the ballot for both parties.
     
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  15. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    Hillary stole it from berni by rigging the primaries, Trump stole the Republican nomination by turning the election into a reality TV show
     
  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    No it wasn't. Where did you hear that?
     
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  17. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 318   +117

    Wouldn't say Clinton stole it from Bernie, but many weren't a fan of the his somewhat socialist views. Plus by the time Bernie had a big enough following, more than half of primary elections had already been completed. Can't exactly get a do over for that...
     
  18. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    There is evidence of voter fraud in Arizona, New york, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
     
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  19. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Wouldn't it also be fair to say that the fact that Hillary ISN'T beating Trump in a landslide just shows how incompetent she is as a candidate?

    btw...I'm not saying I'm for one or the other.
     
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  20. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    The DNC Leaks data dump showed they rigged the primary for Hillary. It was one of the reasons the DNC chair was pressured to resign.
     
  21. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,565   +2,373

    Recall that Hillary couldn't beat a nobody senator from Illinois back in 2007. She has been able to keep it a close race exclusively because of the media focusing on Trump.
     
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  22. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    I honestly don't remember that at all...however, with all the cards stacked against trump, as of yesterday, he is leading in polls, 45 vs 43.
     
  23. bnjohanson

    bnjohanson TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +10

    Count on it...
     
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  24. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 260   +90

    I think that TechSpot shouldn't be a place for politics. Plus to me this article is irrelevant. Like the bloodthirsty Stalin said to roughly paraphrase: It matters not who votes, but whom counts the votes.
     
    psycros likes this.
  25. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    I'm not for either candidate, but everyone knew going into this election what Hillary was all about. The fact that trump isn't beating someone as obviously corrupt as Hillary shows incompetence. I wouldn't use the words incopetent to describe the Clintons. I'd actually say they are very smart, it's just that their long career of corruption is getting too big to hide, especially under the spotlight of a presidential election.
     

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