Facebook Goes To…Sacramento
Sandberg is on a mission to empower women!
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg took her feminist speech to Sacramento today, giving a luncheon talk promoting her book to the legislative women’s caucus, and making a round of office calls inside the Capitol.
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Sandberg’s visit comes as Facebook is working to increase its juice in California’s Capitol. The social networking company dumped about $79,000 into legislative campaign accounts earlier this summer. That’s slightly more than Facebook spent on California politics during all of last year — an election year — and more than double what it spent on politics in 2011, the first year the Silicon Valley company made political donations in its home state.
Facebook’s lobbying records show it has been active on more than a dozen bills this year, and in May, it took eight Assembly members to an $1,100 dinner at Ella. The company has successfully fought several bills that sought to create more privacy for Internet users.
One of them, SB 501 by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, would require that social networking web sites remove personal information within 96 hours of a user requesting it be taken down, and would require those sites to remove personal information about minors if their parents ask that it be deleted.