Pelosi PAC Blasted for Meddling in Primary
A House Speaker Nancy Pelosi-affiliated political action committee is receiving sharp criticism for sinking almost $1 million into a campaign ad for a first-time candidate in the Democratic House primary for Oregon’s 6th District seat.
According to a report from Axios, Carrick Flynn has never held political office and his campaign has been bankrolled by a cryptocurrency billionaire who’s already pumped roughly $6 million into his efforts.
Some Democrats say the House Majority PAC — which is aligned with Pelosi — is favoring one candidate, spending all this money against other Democrats in the race. The PAC is facing accusations of primary meddling.
“I haven’t endorsed in this race, but it’s flat-out wrong for House Majority PAC to be weighing in when we have multiple strong candidates vying for the nomination,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) wrote on Twitter.
Protect Our Future PAC, a new group launched this cycle by billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of the crypto firm FTX, has spent roughly $6 million to Flynn’s campaign.
Campaign manager Robin Logsdon suggested there may have been a backdoor deal between Bankman-Fried and the House Majority PAC.
“Do I know exactly what was exchanged by his people and [House Majority PAC’s] people?” Logsdon said. “No, but I can speculate, as can everyone, that promises have been made.”