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Silicon Valley Makes Its Anti-Biden Move

A group of aides with close ties to Sam Altman, the OpenAI founder, quietly launched a new super PAC to boost Phillips
A group of aides with close ties to Sam Altman, the OpenAI founder, quietly launched a new super PAC to boost Phillips Photo: Joel Saget/Getty Images
Theodore Schleifer
December 8, 2023

For the last few weeks, Sam Altman had been deliberating over how involved he might get in the nascent effort to primary Joe Biden. Last month, as I first reported, Altman invited Rep. Dean Phillips, the long-shot Democratic presidential challenger, to his home in San Francisco for a one-on-one meeting to determine whether he might be a viable alternative. People on the Phillips campaign got the impression that the OpenAI founder was fully on board, with one saying he would even be “embedded” into the operation.