Politics

North Carolina GOP office burned; tech heavyweight to donate to Trump campaign

North Carolina GOP office burned, graffiti sprayed nearby. (AP)

A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was torched by a flammable device and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring to "Nazi Republicans" on a nearby wall, authorities said Sunday. The interior of the office was damaged before the fire burned out, and no one was injured. The violent act in the key battleground state was condemned by public figures across the political spectrum. State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse called the fire "political terrorism." Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, said that the attack "is horrific and unacceptable." Republican nominee Donald Trump blamed the act on Democrats and encouraged local Republicans. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with local investigators.

[People in the office] are working around the clock. It is a miracle that nobody was killed.

State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse

Silicon Valley heavyweight Peter Thiel will give $1.25 million as his first donation in support of Trump's campaign after endorsing the presidential candidate earlier this year, a spokesman for the investor said on Sunday. So far, the co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook Inc. who sits on that company's board of directors has been the most prominent supporter of Trump from the country's technology hub.

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Peter Thiel

Peter Andreas Thiel(; born October 11, 1967) is a German-American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and hedge fund manager. Thiel co-founded PayPal with Max Levchin and Elon Musk and served as its CEO. He also co-founded Palantir, of which he is chairman. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, with a 10.2% stake acquired in 2004 for$500,000, and sits on the company's board of directors.Thiel serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with$700 million in assets under management; a managing partner in Founders Fund, a venture capital fund with$2 billion in assets under management; co-founder and investment committee chair of Mithril Capital Management; and co-founder and chairman of Valar Ventures.Thiel was ranked#293 on the Forbes 400 in 2011, with a net worth of$1.5 billion as of March 2012.