Facebook has rejected an advertisement from a group criticizing the actions of Fwd.us, the political group started by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and several other prominent members of the technology community.
CREDO Mobile, a mobile carrier that lobbies on progressive issues, has been an outspoken critic of the Keystone XL Pipeline. It has launched a campaign to protest ads funded by Zuckerberg’s lobbying group, Fwd.us, that support pipeline proponent Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.).
Fwd.us is funding the ads, which laud Graham for supporting the pipeline, through an offshoot organization called Americans for a Conservative Direction. Some political observers see the ads as a way of helping Graham retain support among conservatives even as he backs immigration reform.
CREDO Mobile has criticized Facebook, and Zuckerberg in particular, in the past and protested the executive’s fundraiser for New Jersey’s Republican governor Chris Christie. But the group has also paid Facebook to run ads for its other campaigns, and has used the social network to organize events, encourage supporters to sign petitions and to raise awareness of other campaigns.