By Ben Geman - 05/11/13 01:35 PM EDT
The ads were meant to create political space for the lawmakers – Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) – to back a bipartisan immigration plan by touting their conservative bona fides on other topics.
But Musk, in a statement to the tech website AllThingsD, said, “I agreed to support Fwd.us because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes.”
“I have spent a lot of time fighting far larger lobbying organizations in D.C. and believe that the right way to win on a cause is to argue the merits of that cause. This statement may surprise some people, but my experience is that most (not all) politicians and their staffs want to do the right thing and eventually do,” said the co-founder of the Silicon Valley automaker.
David Sacks, the founder and CEO of the business social networking company Yammer, also left FWD.us, a group that’s promoting education reform and research funding in addition to the immigration effort.
Reuters broke the story of the tech executives leaving the group Friday.