Facebook has hired executive vice president of Energy Future Holdings and former member of President George W. Bush’s White House staff Joel Kaplan to head the company’s D.C. office. Over the years, Facebook has been assorting a bit of a collection of Washington insiders, including Sheryl Sandberg, a former chief of staff in the U.S. Treasury Department, and Ted Ullyot, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
It’s all part of Facebook’s not-so-secret plan to increase their influence over policy makers and lawmakers. Their most recent acquisition, Kaplan, was strategically chosen for is republican ties — very useful in a republican-dominated House. And the move couldn’t have come at a better time for Kaplan. While private equity firms like Energy Future Holdings are reaping deep financial losses, Silicon Valley and venture capital are reigning high.
Facebook, too, must be grateful for Kaplan, who served as President Bush’s deputy chief of staff, managing the administration’s policy agenda, and handling public policy and external affairs at Energy Future Holdings. Kaplan, along with Myriah Jordan, former general counsel to republican Senator Richard Burr and another recent Facebook acquisition, should both prove very useful in the social network’s plans for world domination.