Is Facebook officially forming a political action committee (PAC) in order to influence federal elections?
It looks like Facebook may be taking the first steps ahead of the 2012 elections, as the company has registered the domain names fbpac.org and fbpac.us.
Other software giants have formed PACs. In 2006, Google formed its own political action committee, while Microsoft created its PAC in 1998.
While it’s unknown whether Facebook has already filed the necessary federal paperwork to set up a political action committee, considering Facebook’s size and influence, it only makes sense that Facebook eventually forms a PAC.
It’s also very possible, these domain names could be nothing more than part of the company’s intellectual property strategy. Facebook owns hundreds, a large pecentage of which it doesn’t use.
Here’s a look at the Whois record for fbpac.org.
Created On:24-Sep-2011 16:57:52 UTC
Last Updated On:24-Sep-2011 16:57:53 UTC
Expiration Date:24-Sep-2013 16:57:52 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:MarkMonitor Inc. (R37-LROR)
Registrant Name:Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization:Facebook, Inc.
Registrant Street1:1601 S. California Ave
Registrant City:Palo Alto
Registrant Postal Code:94304
(Photo of Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg talking before a private meeting via The White House’s Photostream)