You can dine with Peter Thiel if you donate $ 5,800 to your employee’s US Senate campaign.
Want to have an intimate dinner with Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel? Simply donate $ 5,800 to one of your employees’ campaigns for the United States Senate.
Donors who give the maximum legal amount to support Blake Masters’ proposal to unseat Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in 2022 will be invited to dinner with the candidate and Thiel, according to the campaign.
Masters, the 34-year-old chief operating officer of investment firm Thiel Capital and a former protégé of Thiel at Stanford University, first announced his Republican primary campaign last month with a promise to “completely end illegal immigration. “.
in a cheep Announcing the unconventional promotion, Masters said that people who donated $ 5,800 by the end of the day on Friday would be able to attend dinners with the couple in small groups of four to six.
Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California Irvine, said nothing in Masters’ offer appeared to violate campaign finance laws.
“It’s very common for celebrities to lend their names or appearances to help with a campaign,” Hasen said. “What’s unusual about this is that it seems cheap enough for a meeting with Peter Thiel.”
Thiel has already donated $ 10 million to a Masters-supporting Super PAC, as well as an additional $ 10 million to another of his employees, “Hillbilly Elegy” author and Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance.
Now the Silicon Valley billionaire known for co-founding PayPal and Palantir and being an early investor in Facebook is giving Masters another boost.
Masters, who co-wrote the 2014 best-selling book “Zero to One” with Thiel, declined to say how many people accepted his campaign offer or what will be served at dinner.
“The response has been excellent, especially since many of these people have never donated to any political candidate before,” Masters told The Post on Friday.
Some critics have pointed out that Masters’ plans to increase border security could enrich his current boss.
Thiel, co-founder and president of Palantir, a multi-million dollar data analytics company that has worked with agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Customs and Border Patrol, as well as a major investor in Anduril, another technology company that works with CBP.
When asked last month if his plan for the border as a senator would include awarding more government contracts to his current boss’s companies, Masters did not respond.
“I am familiar with those companies and I am optimistic,” he said, referring to Palantir and Anduril. “I am open to anything that works.”
Masters has also denied that Thiel’s broad support would allow the billionaire to buy influence.