A political action committee affiliated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is spending nearly $1 million on TV ads for a Democratic candidate in Oregon’s new congressional district. The other candidates are not happy.
The race for the Democratic nomination in the new 6th congressional district — encompassing Salem, parts of suburban Portland and all of Polk and Yamhill counties — includes two state lawmakers, a cryptocurrency investor, a former Multnomah County Commissioner, a doctor, an engineer – and Carrick Flynn, a 35-year-old political newcomer.
Flynn’s campaign has already caught the eye of at least two other political action committees, which together spent nearly $6 million to help his campaign on April 9, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. . Protect Our Future PAC, run by cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, is responsible for about $5 million in pro-Flynn ads that have become staples on television in the district. Justice Unites Us, a PAC focused on training Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, spent more than $800,000 canvassing for Flynn.
The latest pro-Flynn spending by an outside group came from the House Majority PAC, the largest super PAC helping Democrats run for Congress.
At the end of March, the PAC announcement he planned to spend more than $3 million in Portland and nearly $200,000 in Bend ahead of the November election as part of $102 million in advertising buys for candidates nationwide. He did not specify how much would be spent in the primaries.
Rival Democratic campaigns flagged a paid ad by the House Majority PAC that will begin airing Tuesday morning in the Portland Market. In a joint statement, six other Democratic candidates condemned the PAC’s “unprecedented and inappropriate decision”.
State Representatives Andrea Salinas and Teresa Alonso León, Salem physician Kathleen Harder, cryptocurrency investor Cody Reynolds, former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, and Intel engineer Matt West signed the statement. .
“House Majority PAC — the House Democratic leadership Super PAC allegedly responsible for holding Republicans accountable and electing Democrats to Congress — should not spend resources dividing Democrats,” they said.
The most recent work of House Majority PAC in Oregon, according to his websitewere attack ads against two GOP congressional candidates in 2020.
“This effort by the political wing of the Democratic establishment to buy this one-candidate race is a slap in the face to all Democratic voters and volunteers in Oregon – and is especially concerning in a year when all resources must be directed to the protection of the Democratic majority. “, continues the press release.
The Republican National Congressional Committee last month added the new 6th congressional district to its list of goals, joining Oregon’s 4th and 5th congressional districts.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ campaign arm, BOLD PAC, which endorsed Salinas, also criticized the House Majority PAC for supporting Flynn instead of Salinas. U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona and chairman of the committee, said in a statement that Democrats should double their investments to help qualified Latino and Latino candidates, noting that the 6th District is 21% Hispanic.
Flynn’s campaign manager Avital Balwit said in a statement that Flynn welcomes the support.
“Carrick is proud to have the support of a broad coalition of supporters from across Oregon’s 6th congressional district, across the state and across the country,” he said. “The path to keeping the House in Democratic hands starts right here in Oregon’s 6th and Carrick is the only candidate who can solidly carry this district for Democrats in the fall.”
The House Majority PAC’s involvement in Oregon’s new congressional district comes after a separate organization, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rank and file Democrats angry in the 5th arrondissement campaigning for incumbent Representative Kurt Schrader.
The county Democratic parties in Clackamas, Deschutes, Linn and Marion counties took the unusual step of endorsing his progressive challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, in what they described as an attempt to level the playing field.
The DCCC, a membership organization for current members of Congress, is not involved in the primaries of Oregon’s two open house races in the 4th or 6th congressional districts.