Tech govt Palmer Luckey is internet hosting the California fundraiser for President Trump this weekend


Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR Andutil Industries, on day two of Collision 2019 at the Enercare Center in Toronto, Canada.

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Former Facebook and Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey will be hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at Luckey's Southern California home this weekend. This emerges from an invitation from CNBC.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's "Victory" campaign will hold the event on October 18th in Orange County at the "home of Nicole and Palmer Luckey," the invitation said. Tickets range from $ 2,800 per person to $ 100,000 per person. This includes Ric Grenell, the former acting director of the United States National Intelligence Agency.

The fundraiser takes place just weeks before the November 3rd US elections. Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Trump are trying to raise funds in the final leg of their election campaigns.

Neither Trump's campaign nor Luckey's spokesman responded to requests for comment.

Luckey is best known for founding virtual reality company Oculus, which Facebook bought for $ 2 billion in 2014. It became controversial after The Daily Beast reported on its political contributions and financial support for far-right groups in September 2016. He reportedly earned a $ 10,000 contribution to a pro-Trump organization called Nimble America during the 2016 presidential election that funded advertising demanding the arrest of candidate Hillary Clinton.

Luckey later claimed he was fired by the social networking giant in 2017 "for no reason," but suspected that it had to do with support for a pro-Trump group. His support for Trump made Luckey one of the few right-wing leaders in the heavily democratic tech industry.

After leaving Oculus, Luckey formed his current company, Anduril, with a mission to develop cutting-edge defense technology for the US government. Luckey's startup based in Irvine, California made Anvil, a quadcopter that can fly 100 miles per hour and was purchased by the U.S. military to be tested by special forces soldiers. CNBC reported that the company received a valuation of $ 1 billion in September 2019.


Katherine Clark