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MuckRock offers fellowships to dig into Peter Thiel

Government watchdog site MuckRock offers to pay for 250 Freedom of Information Act requests to investigate the Silicon Valley investor.


Paypal co-founder and Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in July.

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Government watchdog site MuckRock is offering up to three "fellowships" that will pay for 250 Freedom of Information Act requests digging into Peter Thiel.

Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and sits on the board of Facebook, rose to greater mainstream prominence this year by presenting at the Republican National Convention in July that secured Donald Trump candidacy for US president. He also gained public exposure this year when he confirmed he had secretly bankrolled lawsuits aiming to dismantle the digital media group Gawker.

"Despite his impact in industries ranging from digital payments and mass government surveillance to radical life extension and seasteading, the media has done relatively little reporting on the details of his companies, often leaving the public in the dark on his contributions to society," the site wrote, in a flattering tone that was most likely sarcasm.

Muckrock's new grants appeared to lampoon Thiel's own fellowship program, which grants young people $100,000 to skip or drop out of college and instead focus on entrepreneurship.