Mark Zuckerberg's immigration advocacy group loses high-profile backers



Washington: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's immigration advocacy group is loosing some high-profile backers, including billionaire eco-entrepreneur Elon Musk, upset over its controversial political strategy.

In a statement to AllThingsD on Friday, Musk, the founder of the electric carmaker Tesla Motors, made clear he was unhappy with the pro-oil ads.

Musk said that he agreed to support the group because there is a genuine need to reform immigration, adding that this should however not be done at the expense of other important causes.

Fwd.us told The Huffington Post that a second funder also had decided to withdraw.

Several media outlets have reported that David Sacks, founder of the business networking site Yammer and a former colleague of Musk's, has also withdrawn his name from the list of the group's supporters.

According to the report, Zuckerberg started Fwd.us to press for comprehensive immigration reform, but the group has been heavily criticized by some immigration reform supporters in recent weeks for its television ad campaign praising lawmakers for backing projects like the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Fwd.us has argued that the ads were meant to give home district support to lawmakers backing immigration reform, the report added.

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