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Facebook Donates Big Money To Politician Fighting Against Gay Marriage

18k2r6l7qvmq0jpgFacebook cares about diversity. It cares about equality, and it definitely cares about the LGBT community. Or at least that’s what they say.

Except less so when they’re strategically growing their business.

Earlier this week, Q Salt Lake reported that Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the campaign of Attorney General Sean Reyes on May 13, 2014, according to disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office.

Reyes recently made national headlines by fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

But his anti-equality stance was only one factor Facebook took into account (or didn’t take into account) when they decided to cut the check. A company spokesperson told the Huffington Post:

Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue — because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.

Now there’s a Change.org petition created by QSaltLake Assistant Editor Bob Henline to urge the social network to pull support from the controversial politician.

“Facebook is used by everyone and shouldn’t be supporting those who would take away our rights,” one commenter on the petition writes.

h/t QSaltLake

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Aug 17, 2014
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  • 29 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      “” A company spokesperson told the Huffington Post:
      Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. “”
      ________________________

      So if there was a politician advocating that Blacks shouldn’t be allowed to vote or that women could not own property Facebook would still donate money to them if they liked their position on zoning laws and subsidies?

      Well then, thanks for letting us know Facebook.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      Zuckerberg is a fucktard.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ImDaBeach
      ImDaBeach

      Once again Facebook has proven it’s about money and not about the belief of bringing people together. This is definitely not a “Like” status for Facebook. ????

      Aug 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Masc Pride
      Masc Pride

      Does this mean Bob and the rest of you have all canceled your Facebook accounts? If not, stop bitching.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paco
      Paco

      I was wondering when Facebook was going to get called out for its political donations to anti-gay politicians. Back when the mozilla scandal was happening, I saw a story on CNBC about Facebook spending a large portion of their political donations to anti-gay politicians, but there wasn’t a peep about it from the gay media for some reason. I guess they are so enamored with Facebook, they decided to give it a free pass. I surely would have thought that if a $1000 contribution by the Mozilla CEO years ago would cause such an uproar, then Facebook surely should have been an even bigger scandal. Guess no boycotts will be happening.

      http://www.cnbc.com/id/101573775

      Aug 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pressuredrop
      pressuredrop

      People are so enamored with Facebook that they will probably continue to give it a free pass.

      Allowances like this are what give anti-gay politicians their strength. The money itself is a simple object and doesn’t necessarily equal changed minds, but millions of people will read about this and then actively turn a blind eye to it. The message they send is that it’s okay to be bigoted, regardless of how both Facebook and its users justify it.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Nadolski
      Paul Nadolski

      Almost every day, I find another reason why I’m so glad that I quit Facebook…

      Aug 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cee
      Cee

      Cool. I don’t go on Facebook anymore anyway. People are obsessed with Facebook like they can’t function without it. I love when people ask me if I got Facebook. I tell them yes, but I’m not active on it. Don’t bother Facebooking me. I don’t check it. Don’t even remember what my password is lol I’m anti-Facebook and encourage people to get off of there and get a life.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lcandela123
      lcandela123

      Maybe time for facebook employees to step up and express their disappointment in their employer’s actions. Like corporations everywhere, I doubt they will ever admit to making an error, but they will think twice next time.

      Companies do this sort of thing all of the time. Personally, I think having a record of bigotry should trump a politician’s record of being pro-business when it comes time for businesses to donate money.

      I’m retired from the petrochemical industry, and they throw tons of money at the slimiest dirtballs in Congress if they are pro-business. They also strong arm the employees to do likewise.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vive
      vive

      The worst of all is that people don’t even see the underlying problem any more. The complaints are about WHOM these corporations buy off, never mind that the whole idea of corporations giving money to ANY politician is an abomination and a complete corruption of the whole idea of “democracy.”

      Aug 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KM201
      KM201

      @Masc Pride: I, for one, don’t use Facebook anymore. It’s just a complete waste of time that distracts from real world problems. They will falter off soon enough as this will be the straw that breaks their camel’s back. ;)

      Aug 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • curan
      curan

      Facebook is experiencing far more visceral hatred over Messenger than their political stance.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RIGay
      RIGay

      I could get all huffy and wail “I AM CANCELING MY ACCOUNT!!!”, but 1) It’s free; I am not paying for any part of the service or content. 2) I have so much Advertising blocking on my browser that Facebook is not making a cent off my personal information with cookies and flash 3) Because my Facebook account has been hacked several times, my profile now has nothing in it that could possibly link to anything real about me; fictitious birthday, disposable Email, phony contact information. 4) Less than 40 friends. I see people with 500+ friends and I think “Do you HAVE a life?”

      It is a time suck.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ontheupandup
      ontheupandup

      Don’t forget that Facebook owns Instagram as well. If you’re REALLY gonna boycott, you’d need to dump your Instagram, too.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ted72
      ted72

      I’ve already deleted my account. What a waste of time anyway.

      If people started to delete their Fbook acct, they’ll start to feel the pain and rethink their stand on this issue.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teeth
      Teeth

      Zuckerburg is a homophobic whore, whose bitch works a UCSF as a pediatrician. People should write to her with the same support for her marriage that she has for ours.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MrKev
      MrKev

      I’m proud to say that I have never had a Facebook account (it always seemed so stupid and narcissistic) and never will have one.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MrKev
      MrKev

      @ontheupandup: I don’t need to dump Instagram – I’ve never had an account with them either.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      No Facebook for me either, never had it, never will. When Zuckerberg supported Chris Christie, that’s when he grossed me out. What the Hell is wrong with him? I wish he wasn’t in S.F.

      Aug 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael mellor
      michael mellor

      Time to cancel Facebook. It obviously thinks that gay people’s rights are secondary to obscene profit margins.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 2:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Queer4Life
      Queer4Life

      voting doesnt work. Yet if people are going to support liars and thieves they ought consider more than a single issue.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 7:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      They are a business. They are supposed to act in the best interest for their business. That is what businesses do. I have no problem with them donating to a right wing politician as long as they are doing it to further their business goals instead of doing it because he supports a marriage ban.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @Cam: Oh come on Cam, they gave money to a Republican and we all know that they stand for both of those things (actually they get more news coverage about the blacks voting and the war on women then they do about the gays).

      Aug 18, 2014 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @Paco: HUGE difference between donating to a right wing candidate and giving $1000 directly to Prop 8. HUGE!

      Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      If this dip was thinking, he would fund a person (grass-roots) that met the business and social criteria that he preferred, instead of kissing up to fat-ass liars like Chris Christie or mealy-mouthed bigots such as Sean Reyes. He’s powerful and wants to stay that way, but at what cost? I really wish this turd would move to the East Coast, though 3,000 miles still doesn’t feel far enough away. What the Hell is he doing in S.F.? Go away! Go buy Chris Christie an ice-cream cone and talk about money. Isn’t that what it’s all about? When he supports these bigots, he is support marriage bans. The results are the same.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desert Boy
      Desert Boy

      I’m not on Facebook. I’m glad.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paco
      Paco

      @tdx3fan: Really? Giving $10,000 to someone actively fighting to keep Utah’s ban on same sex marriage in place is less than the $1000.00 donation some jerk donated to a ballot measure? Sorry but I fail to see the difference. Also, Facebook is spreading the damage around by donating to anti-gay politicians all over the country, basically tossing gay rights under the bus so they can buy some favors with pro-business politicians. If they can’t find a pro-business politician that is also for equal rights, then they should keep their money to themselves until one comes along. You can’t claim to be for equal rights and then turn around and give money to put people in power that have a record of undermining those rights.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sejjo
      sejjo

      The capitalist market hard at work. Anyone of these companies will throw us under the bus if it suits their bottom line.

      Aug 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • transiteer
      transiteer

      One wonders why Facebook would write a cheque to anyone. They don’t need this guys support although he really needs theirs. Makes one wonder why pennies to Microsoft and million$ to this ass, would be worth FB’s trouble. Don’t write any cheques, and avoid the whole mess. Not too sure about FB’s management with this move.

      Aug 19, 2014 at 3:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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