Saying it could lead to an enormous windfall for Louisiana, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser implored residents to copy and paste his Facebook post claiming the founder of the social media site has promised to endow billions to one state.
Nungesser, who apparently shares a Facebook account with Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere, updated his status this weekend with a post stating “Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to a state like Louisiana. All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY and tag 5-10 of your friends in Louisiana.”
The former Plaquemines Parish president’s post also said Facebook would scour through the hundreds of millions of updates posted that day and “award one state with $4.5 billion as a way of helping fund higher education, healthcare, and infrastructure.”
Nungesser explained he was only trying to help the state fill its current and future budget shortfalls without raising taxes.
Nungesser has since said he heard about the share-for-cash scheme from Villere, who reportedly saw a story about it on ABC’s Good Morning America, despite the fact there’s no evidence that any such story has ever aired.
Insisting he sees no harm in publicly promoting something ultimately proven to be a hoax, Nungesser explained he was only trying to help the state fill its current and future budget shortfalls without raising taxes.
Additionally, Nungesser asserted he consulted with Gov. John Bel Edwards before publishing the post.
However, the first comment on the post came from Edwards, who asked Nungesser, “Seriously, dude? WTF?”