A Mark Zuckerberg-backed group is spending $350,000 to air TV ads in Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) district defending his efforts on comprehensive immigration reform, Politico reported on Friday.
Americans for a Conservative Direction, an affiliate of Zuckerberg's FWD.us, is pro-reform and attempting to convince Republicans they can support a bill without losing their conservative credentials. The group is putting its weight behind conservatives like Ryan who have begun work on immigration reform.
Ryan has gotten involved with immigration legislation behind the scenes and is considered to be one Republican who might support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, as long as it came with certain conditions.
"Amnesty? Not a chance," the ad says of Ryan's efforts on a "conservative solution" for immigration reform. It will run from Friday to Sept. 3, according to Politico.
Politico reports that the ad buy is nearly double what an anti-immigration reform group, Federation for American Immigration Reform, is spending in Ryan's district.
Zuckerberg spoke publicly about his support for comprehensive immigration reform on Monday before a screening of "Documented," a documentary featuring undocumented journalist-turned-activist Jose Antonio Vargas.
"This is something that we believe is really important for the future of our country -- and for us to do what's right," Zuckerberg said.