Silicon Valley funders shun Trump, but not his party
SAN FRANCISCO — Republicans have been trying to strengthen their ties to Silicon Valley, in part to boost support from its wealthy executives.Donald Trump, the party’s presidential nominee, has not followed suit.While other GOP presidential candidates earlier in this election cycle held policy meetings and fundraisers in the region, Trump has done little to form relationships here.Although the executives largely lean towards the Democratic, they include libertarians and others open to the party’s antiregulatory message. Now many of the industry’s Republicans say they are devoting their efforts and money to congressional races or, in some cases, to boosting Democrat Hillary Clinton.Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, has become the most prominent Silicon Valley figure to support Trump. He spoke at the Republican convention last month in prime time, just before Trump formally accepted his party’s nomination.Yet, Thiel, who donated $2m to a super political action committ...
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