A couple of Silicon Valley billionaires have a new target they want to disrupt: the Democratic Party.
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus launched a political group called Win the Future, or WTF, on Tuesday to hack the 189-year-old Democratic Party after it lost the White House last year.
Pincus describes WTF as a “modern people’s lobby” where Americans can voice their issues and handpick candidates to run for office. WTF also is running on a platform that is “pro-social, pro-planet, and pro-business” and is seeking those interested to donated $5 or $10 to join, according to its website.
“Imagine if in the next presidential election we have 5 million members willing to pay $100 each to set the agenda for our country,” wrote Pincus. “Our force in money and membership could win over (our congress) and…build a country that delivers on the promise that all women and men were created equal and in our country have inalienable rights to health, happiness, the pursuit of a better life.”
Hoffman and Pincus, both of whom are some of the most vocal supporters of the Democratic Party in Silicon Valley, contributed $500,000 to WTF to start. They also received help from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former chairman of Disney, as well as venture capitalists Fred Wilson and Sunil Paul, according to Recode.
Hoffman in particular has been notorious for his anti-Donald Trump statements since the election campaign last year. Last September, Hoffman offered up to $5 million in charity if Trump released his tax return. (Trump has not.)
Later that week, Hoffman introduced a Cards Against Humanity-esque game called Trumped Up Cards: The World’s Biggest Deck to satirize the then-Republican candidate.
In May during an interview at Code Conference, Hoffman said President Trump was worse than he anticipated.
“By trying to elevate his own TV ratings through “America First” ideology, he is breaking our alliances and global leadership,” said Hoffman.
WTF has been looking for candidates to run against Democratic candidates it believes should be ousted. One such politician was longtime California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who Hoffman called a “career politician,” according to Recode. Pincus said they are already looking into WTF-worthy candidates; one name floated around was Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins.
WTF’s first step seems to be getting its name out to the public. One way it plans to do that is by kicking off a billboard design competition under the hashtag #WTFAgenda. Winners of the competition will see their words and visuals splattered in billboards in and around Washington, D.C.
Create a digital ROTC. Offer every american an engineering degree pic.twitter.com/UugZTkiyfB #WTFAgenda #FreeEngineeringDegrees
— mark pincus (@markpinc) July 3, 2017
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We need visionary leaders in Congress fighting for the people. #FairHealthcare #WTFAgenda pic.twitter.com/pFfCgoxjFd
— Anna Fedorova (@AnnaFedorovaSF) July 3, 2017
Photo: LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman launched Win the Future, a political group aimed at disrupting the Democratic Party, on Tuesday with Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
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