SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The most high profile tech player to support Donald Trump, billionaire investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is making his first donation of $1.25 million to the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign.

Thiel was among the speakers at this year’s Republican National Convention.

“Thiel had gone kind of quiet – no one was entirely sure whether he was going to cut ties or get a little more quiet,” KPIX 5 political analyst Melissa Caen said.

“What’s significant about this donation is that it comes after the video is released, it comes after the allegations from nearly a dozen women of sexual assault, let’s face it.”

Caen says the gift it not likely to change who the Valley picks as a candidate. But the announcement is putting the spotlight on his relationships in the tech world.

There have been calls for startup accelerator Y Combinator to cut ties with Thiel, who is a part-time partner.

Y Combinator president Sam Altman tweeted that he thinks Trump is abusive and erratic, but also said “YC is not going to fire someone for supporting a major party nominee.”

Ellen Pao’s organization Project Include, which promotes diversity in startups, ended its relationship with Y Combinator because “Thiel’s actions are in direct conflict with our values.”

Tech influencers like Catherine Bracy, who co-founded Oakland nonprofit TechEquity Collaborative – believes Facebook should reevaluate whether Thiel should sit on its board.

“This goes beyond that. This is an existential threat to American democracy, and an existential threat to over half of the people who live in this country,” Bracy told KPIX 5. “And so I think it requires a more courageous stand.”

Comments (12)
  1. fiftyville says:

    Ask anybody who worked under Ellen Pao what her “values” are like.

  2. Freedom as long as it is consistent with my thinking.

  3. Anuschka says:

    The tolerant, diverse Left at it’s finest: think as we tell you to think, do what we tell you to do, say what we tell you to say, or we’ll destroy your life.

  4. Gerry Pong says:

    Some people like what YOU don’t like. Is it his money to give? Then so what.

  5. GRob says:

    What a piece of work this woman. So if it’s not the “50%” that agree with her they should be kicked off the board? That is intolerance at its finest. Unbelievable. This country is a repbublic, so get your facts straight. And you, btw, are the constitution’s b&*%h if you want to live under this umbrella. Hillary, and her lies, won’t stand…trust me.

  6. If they are concerned with the welfare of women, they need to drop support for serial rapist Bill Clinton’s co-conspirator.

    Not going to happen. They want to elect someone for their genitals. Last time out, these deep thinkers pimped for someone based on skin color. What next … handedness?

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