COLUMBIA, Mo. — Yesterday, the Kansas City Star reported that longtime Google critic Peter Thiel gave the maximum contribution to Josh Hawley’s Senate campaign just four days before Hawley launched an investigation into Google last year. As a reminder, Thiel also contributed $300,000 to Hawley’s 2016 race for Attorney General.
Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel made the maximum contribution to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley four days before Hawley’s office launched an investigation into Google.
Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook, wrote two checks to Hawley’s Senate campaign on Nov. 9 totaling $5,400, the maximum contribution for a federal race. Four days later, Hawley’s office announced that it was launching an anti-trust investigation into Google.
Thiel had previously donated $300,000 to Hawley’s successful 2016 campaign for attorney general, which took place before the state’s new limits on campaign contributions went into effect.
Those donations received scrutiny in November because Thiel, who funded Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, had previously called Google a monopoly and during a 2012 panel in Aspen contended that investing in Google is “betting against innovation.”