If you ask most Trump supporters and Fox News watchers, they would tell you that the money man and puppet master of the Democratic party is George Soros, who, ironically, is someone most have never heard of. Now, Soros is rich, very rich, but a 32-year-old has far outspent him to defeat Donald Trump, and what might freak Republicans out is that he’s the co-founder of Facebook.
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz isn’t the most public face of the largest social network site in the world. In fact, he normally stays quiet, but the billionaire (estimated worth $12.7 billion) sees the urgency in this election in stopping the GOP nominee. He has donated $35 million in two very large installments.
Before this election, Moskovitz had donated just $5,200 to a House candidate, Sean Eldridge, in 2014. Eldridge is the husband of one of Moskovitz’ business partners, Chris Hughes.
Moskovitz hasn’t spoken publicly about his donations, but did write about them in Medium.
We cannot ignore the remarkable alignment between these two visions for society and the choices in this year’s election. The Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world. We believe their positions, especially on immigration, which purport to improve the lives of Americans, would in practice hurt citizens and noncitizens alike. In contrast, the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton in particular, is running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit.
Like many Democratic voters, we don’t support every plank of the platform, but it is clear that if Secretary Clinton wins the election, America will advance much further toward the world we hope to see. If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community. This distinction is starkly caricatured by his #1 “policy” position: the literal building of a wall between us and our neighbor.
Then there was his second article and second huge infusion of cash, right after the tape of Trump saying he grabbed women’s “pussies.”
The day after the publication of a 2005 tape in which Trump made lewd remarks about women, Moskovitz piled on his second wave of cash: “Further investments are warranted, particularly in support of work targeting millennial and independent voters. These contributions will go towards voter outreach and engagement efforts focused on those key audiences,” he wrote. “The events of the past few weeks have only deepened my conviction that Hillary is the best choice for America. I hope that these contributions will help make that outcome a reality.”
Moskovitz also regularly tweets about the election:
Trump is exposing the very worst parts of our society, but also revealing the very best. If our democracy survives, it will be stronger. https://t.co/ZmYgRQPwmW
— Dustin Moskovitz (@moskov) October 16, 2016
trumped up trickle down karma https://t.co/nv2LvABVsP
— Dustin Moskovitz (@moskov) October 12, 2016
This is amazing https://t.co/vyEUQUxYWH
— Dustin Moskovitz (@moskov) October 2, 2016
Believe it or not, Moskovitz isn’t the largest donor in the Democratic party. Donations of his size are not something we should be encouraging, but unfortunately, in our post-Citizens United world, the winner will need to play the game. If Clinton wins, let’s hope her Supreme Court nominees will make donations such as his illegal and unwelcome in our democracy, but for now, thank him for helping defeat Trump.
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