Joel Benenson, the chief strategist in Clinton's 2016 campaign, is conducting research for Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan's nonprofit, the Zuckerberg-Chan initiative, Politico reported Wednesday. Bringing on Benenson is the latest sign that they're pushing their philanthropic work more heavily into the political and policy world.
Joel Benenson was the chief strategist for both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns as well as Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign. The rumors mounted, forcing Zuck to write a post where he explicitly denied any intention of pursuing a career in politics, "Some of you have asked if this challenge means I'm running for public office".
"Bloomberg did the same thing and we saw very little come out of that", Raines told Newsweek.
Zuckerberg has in the past said he was not interested in becoming United States president, but in January, the couple hired David Plouffe as president of policy and advocacy.
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg made yet another politically connected hiring: Amy Dudley, who worked as communications advisor for Virginia Democratic Sen.
If the speculations are true, Zuckerberg would join a laundry list of high-profile people, including celebrities Dwayne Johnson, Kid Rock, and Ron Perlman, who despite having no political experience, have a desire to run for the White House.
Speculation, however, may be the beginning and the end of the Zuckerberg for President story. Zuck also visited a Ford assembly plant in Detroit and took a trip to OH, all while taking pictures that look fit for a candidate's website (probably because Zuck's photographer was once assigned to the White House). In an earlier Facebook post, Zuckerberg stated that he is not planning to run for any public office.
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.