In one of the more bizarre campaigns this primary season, crypto currency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried poured $13 Million into a super PAC that supported the Congressional candidacy of Carrick Flynn, D, in Oregon’s new 6th Congressional District. Flynn, who some argue doesn’t even live in the state, perhaps channeling his inner Nick Kristof, was an unknown outsider who, somehow, attracted the money of Bankman-Fried, Little Mikey Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety, and even Pelosi’s House Majority PAC.
The mysterious Protect Our Future PAC was started earlier this year, and spent much of its $14+ Million on ads promoting Flynn and slinging mud at presumed primary front runner Andrea Salinas.
Unfortunately for Flynn and his billionaire friends, he got his butt handed to him in the primary. In a crowded field, democrat stalwart Salinas has won the nomination with over 37% of the votes, and Flynn finished a distant second with just under 19%.
The Democratic primary for Oregon’s new congressional district saw unprecedented spending—with more than $13 million spent by national super PACS to try to elect an outsider, Carrick Flynn.
As of Tuesday night, Flynn appeared to have lost. Early returns showed him trailing state Rep. Andrea Salinas 41% to 19%, although only a portion of ballots cast had been counted. Cook Political, a nonpartisan outlet, called the race for Salinas.
The outside money poured into Oregon in unprecedented ways, as seven notable Democrats sought the party’s nomination for Oregon’s new, 6th Congressional District.
Protect Our Future PAC spent more than $11 million, much of it from cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, to support Flynn, a political newcomer. In the race’s final days, the super PAC spent more than $800,000 to attack Salinas.
Flynn’s apparent loss was also a defeat for national Democrats’ House Majority PAC linked to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which invested nearly a million dollars on Flynn.
(Note: The discrepancy in exact percentages is due to the numbers being reported by the Secretary Of State at the times of when the Willamette Week article was written and when this article was written)