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Rubio to meet Wednesday with Mark Zuckerberg



Sen. Marco Rubio, in California this week for a half-dozen fundraisers, will visit with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, a source says.

Zuckerberg has gotten increasingly involved in politics and could be a powerful ally to Rubio. He already helped fund and its offshoot, Americans for a Conservative Direction, which ran ads supporting immigration reform and featuring Rubio. A source familiar with the meeting said Zuckerberg and Rubio "have a common interest in issues such as immigration and education so I'm sure those issues will come up."

In a interview Wednesday morning on CNN's New Day, Zukerberg said: "There are 11 million undocumented people who came here to work hard and contribute to the country, and I don't think it's quite as polarized as people always say ... So my goal in this is just to try to help support folks who care deeply about getting this done, on both sides, and hopefully we can make a difference."

The Florida Republican had a standing invite to visit Facebook and Google, and the trip to Zuckerberg's shop was worked out as Rubio sweeps through California to raise money for his Reclaim America PAC.

Despite the criticism Rubio has gotten from some conservatives over immigration, he continues to raise big. His various committees took in about $3 million in the second quarter of this year.

Here is a invite to a fundraiser Wednesday morning

[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:45am]


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