Despite speculation from multiple national media outlets, the office of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says there is no connection between Hawley’s investigation of Google and contributions to his campaign from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
Hawley received $300,000 in 2015 and 2016 combined from Thiel, a billionaire venture capitalist who argues that Google is a monopoly. Thiel co-founded PayPal, currently sits on the board of Facebook and also is known for his support of President Donald Trump and his funding of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, a digital media company that went bankrupt after the suit.
The Republican state attorney general also recently launched an investigation into Google to determine whether the company has violated Missouri’s antitrust and consumer protection laws.
Bloomberg, the International Business Times, the Silicon Valley Business Journal and Vanity Fair posted speculative articles about the possibility of a link between Thiel’s contributions and Hawley’s investigation.
Read more: Springfield News-Leader