Welcome back to The Stratosphere, I’m Teddy Schleifer. Tonight, fresh reporting on Trump’s perfectly furious phone call with Peter Thiel, some scoop on the former FTX lawyer now buying up its debtors’ bankruptcy claims, and the incredible John Ray III lawsuit accusing S.B.F.’s parents of enriching themselves. More on all that, below the fold.
Steyer Time: Next week marks the beginning of the Q3 Silicon Valley presidential fundraising sweepstakes that I wrote about in my last email. Among the festivities are two well-publicized events featuring Joe Biden alongside Democratic fundraisers like Mark Heising (Silicon Valley) and Gretchen Sisson (San Francisco).
More recently, however, I’ve also learned of a much quieter, much more exclusive event on Biden’s fundraising calendar...
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A few months ago, Peter Thiel received an unlikely phone call from Donald Trump. It was the first time that the two had spoken in quite some time. About a year had passed since Trump had played kingmaker and delivered, bigly, for Thiel’s two protégés, endorsing Blake Masters and J.D. Vance in the primary during their Senate runs. Vance had even won in the general. And so when Trump got Thiel on the horn, Trump gave him...
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