Facebook "likes" Bondi a whole lot
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi got quite a few “likes” in her campaign fundraising in December, including one from the social media giant, Facebook.
The Silicon Valley company chipped in $5,000 to Bondi’s “And Justice for All” on Dec. 13, which is an electioneering communications organization that raised $81,000 in December.
The political leanings of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are much discussed among the chattering classes. Any 29-year-old with a $25.8 billion fortune would get people guessing about what causes he’ll get behind over the next 50 years.
Does he lean left or right? Registered to vote in Santa Clara County, he doesn’t give a party preference. Last year, he contributed to the campaigns of Florida’s Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, as well as Sen. Orrin Hatch of R-Utah and threw a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, before “Bridgeghazi”. But he also contributed to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey.
He also outlined some of his views in an April op-ed in the Washington Post, where he said he supported comprehensive immigration reform, higher school standards, and investment breakthroughs in scientific research.
Who knows why Facebook contributed to Bondi’s committee.
Facebook is fighting off lawsuits that accuse it of misleading investors about its financial health ahead of its May 2012 initial public offering. And it faces potentially thorny legal issues about the information it stores on the people who use Facebook.
That makes Bondi an odd choice, considering that she raised concerns last year about Obamacare’s navigators because of their sharing of private information. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of a Facebook business plan that depends on the sharing of private information.
What the Facebook contribution does is remind political watchers of the star-studded contributions she’s collecting so far. Her other committee, “Justice for All”, collected $50,000 from Disney Worldwide Services, $20,000 from the Florida Medical Association and $10,000 from the Holland & Knight law firm. The Florida Chamber gave $25,000 to her other one. Combined, the committees have raised a total of $1.2 million.
But wait, there’s more. Her own campaign raised $116,000, including another $2,500 from Holland & Knight. All told, her campaign has raised about $642,000.
Meanwhile, her two Democratic challengers, House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, and former secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon, had a milder December.
Thurston raised $12,315 in December, bringing his total to $33,815. Sheldon raised $6,525, raising his total to $58,332.
But perhaps the one to keep an eye on is Bill Wohlsifer, a libertarian candidate who filed to run for AG on Dec. 11. Wohlsifer raised $1,550 last month, including two $40 contributions from Lennie Cloud.
Like Zuckerberg, Cloud works for another Fortune 500 company. It’s Wal-Mart, where Cloud is a clerk.