Worst CEO in America Gives 1 Million to Obama SuperPAC

I’m calling him the worst CEO in America, though he could easily qualify for worst CEO in the world or worst human being on the planet.

If you’ve ever gotten a lot of Facebook requests for playing games like Farmville, then you already know what Zynga does. But what the company actually does is rip off other company’s games and makes thinly disguised versions of them. A former Zynga employee has quoted Mark Pincus, its CEO, as saying, I don’t f____ want innovation. You’re not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers.”

In a speech, Pincus said, “I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don’t know, I downloaded it once and couldn’t get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business.”

A former employee has described Zynga’s motto as “Do evil.” But at least Zynga is creating American jobs. Right?

Zynga is conducting massive layoffs after its business model of copying games made by more innovative companies ran into trouble and is reporting planning to outsource 800 jobs. Zynga is shifting instead to online gambling, which is one step below even its old business model.

But while Mark Pincus didn’t have enough money to pay his American employees, he did have enough money to give a cool million to Priorities USA.

What is Priorities USA? Priorities USA is an Obama SuperPAC run by Harold Ickes and its priorities, as taken from its site, are

1. Investing in American jobs

2. Innovation

3. Income inequality

Mark Pincus is about as perfect a fit for this agenda of innovation and job creation as Charles Manson is for women’s rights, but they’re still taking a million bucks from him.

Priorities USA has run ads attacking the business ethics of Mitt Romney. So let’s take another look at the progressive business ethics of Mark Pincus.

Aside from the plagiarism and a work environment that has been described as “One Of The Most Evil Places I’ve Run Into”, an income source for Zynga is kids running up hundreds to thousands of dollars in debt without their parents knowing it. And Zynga has a history of refusing to refund that money. There’s even an entire blog dedicated to the subject.

Democrats claim that Bain was an unethical company. Meanwhile their idea of an ethical company? Zynga, a company that has been sued for defrauding consumers, defrauding investors and ripping off competitors, which is now looking to outsource 800 American jobs.

And the next time you feel an urge to play Farmville 2, The Ville or any other Zynga game, remember that you’re not only funding Zynga’s private culture of corruption, but the entire Democratic culture of corruption.

  • Questions

    For months I've been seeing that name — Zynga. And the company always struck me as an web culture outlier. Now I know why. This article serves double duty as a consumer and political guide. I'm not sure if I'd go so far as to call Mark Pincus evil, but he certainly qualifies as a royal a-hole.

  • VA_Rancher

    He get's my vote for Evil A-Hole CEO.

    I'm SO GLAD I refuse to play those stupid games on FaceBook…

  • Mary Sue

    Irony. Democrats revile Evil Greedy Amoral CEOs and paint them as Republican.

    Here's an actual one and he's a DEMOCRAT.

    The irony is staggering.

  • zelda

    Good article, Daniel.

  • ferret face

    Oh, wow. No dancing around strong words or playing with the facts, here. Great article, Mr. Greenfield. Best wishes to you and all the other Sandy-ites during the very trying time.

  • HighPressure

    In Obama’s world it is all good. If you steal from a middle class kid it is good. If you steal from the taxpayer to create phony jobs (green or other wise) and get a donation (kick back) for a campaign – it is good. If you steal from a taxpayer to pay for an “obama phone” to get a vote – it is good. If your Attorney General refuses to acknowledge the 14th amendment and refuses to prosecute the New Black Banthers – it encourages more voter intimidation – it is all good. We can ignore the pleas of a Navy Seal for seven hours so Obama get a good night’s rest before traveling to Las Vegas to encourage more lies. It is good.

    In Obama’s world it is “All Good”. I guess it depends on your definition of “good”. In Clinton’s world it was the definition of “is”. And it is all because “truth” has became a diminishing commodity, which is “good” for the narcissist left. Good and Evil has become relative in the world we live where god has become government and man.. Who is your god?

  • ShawmutI

    The types that prey together stay together.
    Pinkus and Obama fit into that category of the A-moral; so inoculated from conscience that no element of ethics is perceptible.

  • http://www.kylehoward.org Kyle Howard

    The criticism that they stole ideas for their games could be leveled at almost every game creator, as each game since Pac-man has taken a heavy dose of inspiration from other games. However, his remarks about how he didn't care who they hurt as long as they made money make me question his ethics.

    The confusing thing is that he supports Obama, who has rather socialist (I mean this in the nicest way possible) views and has traditionally been aligned against big business. Shouldn't Romney be his candidate of choice, since having Romney in the WH would be far more likely to boost the economy and give people more disposable money to spend on Facebook time wasting?

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  • http://rushessay.org/ eassy writters

    Having a career is on a different position.The types that prey together stay together. I'm SO GLAD I refuse to play those games on FaceBook… Thanks for sharing with us :)