Donald Trump Just Got a Prominent New Donor
Peter Thiel is giving candidate $1.25M in his first donation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2016 10:33 AM CDT
In this July 21, 2016, file photo, entrepreneur Peter Thiel speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump may have long ago lost the Koch brothers, but Peter Thiel is turning his fortune away from taking down Gawker and using it to line Trump's pockets, reports CBS News. The tech billionaire—recently seen telling the Republican National Convention he was "proud to be gay"—will make a $1.25 million donation to the Trump campaign. It's his first such donation, reports the New York Times, which notes that Thiel is "doubling down" even as supporters and donors flee amid allegations against Trump of sexual assault and though the "technology world has kept its wallet shut regarding Mr. Trump." The money will go directly to the Trump campaign, as well as various super PACs.