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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Reaching Out to Trump Conservatives

The Facebook founder and his wife are adding “political muscle” to their charitable giving arm and reaching out to the President-elect’s team…

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, teamed up in 2015 to form the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an LLC the couple set up to channel their charitable giving.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported they are adding some “political muscle” to the Initiative by hiring David Plouffe, the former adviser to President Obama, who is leaving his post at Uber to work at the Initiative as president of policy and advocacy. The group will have an advisory board that will be led by former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign.

NRO notes that Mehlman’s inclusion is a clear sign that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is serious about its outreach to conservatives, including those close to President-elect Trump: 

Mehlman’s inclusion in the effort is a sign that real efforts to include conservatives will be made. I hear that the initiative has already been soliciting input from conservatives and reaching out to top officials in the Trump transition.