Zuckerberg Hire Raises Rumors of a White House Run

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone's freaking out

DESPITE repeatedly denying rumours of political ambitions, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hired as a consultant Joel Benenson, the chief strategist to Hillary Clinton's failed United States presidential campaign and former top advisor to Barack Obama.

Joel Benenson and his company Benenson Strategy Group will be responsible for conducting research for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couple's philanthropic efforts. The initiative is dedicating to "advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity".

Following the birth of their son in December 2015, Zuckerberg and Chan vowed to give away 99 percent of their fortune - worth an estimated $45 billion - to charity.

As Politico notes, in January, Zuckerberg hired David Plouffe, Obama's 2008 presidential campaign manager, to advise his family charity. Plouffe had previously worked at Uber. Tim Kaine. Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, is also on the charity's board.

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A personal challenge to meet ordinary people in every USA state sparked speculation that the Facebook CEO was in the early stages of a presidential campaign.

It's no wonder people think Zuckerberg will make a run at Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The Benenson Strategy Group already works with many other non-profit groups, including AARP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. So far he has road tripped through Iowa, the first state to caucus in the primaries, and also visited Dayton, Ohio, and a Ford assembly plant outside Detroit, both viewed as key campaign stops.

"Some of you have asked if this challenge means I'm running for public office", he wrote on Facebook in May.

However, while these are all areas that will require a degree of political navigation, the hire is sure to feed into those persistent rumors of Zuckerberg considering a presidential run.

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