Blake Masters TV ad promotes border technology financially linked to Peter Thiel

The equipment scans for humans and reportedly can do so with much fewer false positives involving animals, in part by using software from Palantir Technologies, another company Thiel has invested in.

By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

Like every Republican running in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race this year, Blake Masters is talking about getting tough on the nation’s border with Mexico. He made that point last month in his first TV ad.

What he showed but didn’t mention in the campaign commercial is part of Masters’ rapid political rise: his ties to billionaire technology investor Peter Thiel.

The ad includes footage of a security system as Masters calls to revamp border security. The system appears to come from Anduril Industries, a company Thiel has invested in with hundreds of millions in government contracts.

“It’s time to militarize the border,” Masters says as the ad shows Anduril’s Sentry Tower system.

Thiel also has an outsized stake in Masters’ campaign, providing more than $13 million to help support his effort to win the GOP Senate nomination and oust incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., in November.


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