Crypto Billionaire Pours Millions Into Oregon Congressional Race


In the crowded primary for the newly created 6th Congressional District in Oregon.

First-time candidate Carrick Flynn has attracted over three times as much outside spending as any other House candidate this year.

Over $10 million, the lion's share came from the super PAC Protect Our Future.

Established by 30-year-old crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of cryptocurrency trading platform FTX.

Flynn and Bankman-Fried are members of a philosophical movement known as effective altruism.

As part of a network of researchers and philanthropists.

They are dedicated to working on the enormous threats to the future of the human race: pandemics, climate change, and nuclear weapons, for instance.

According to his campaign, Flynn has never met the crypto billionaire, but he did tell local outlets that he has interacted with Bankman-Fried's brother.

Bankman-Fried says he is investing in Flynn because of his experience studying pandemic prevention, according to The New York Times.

Flynn researched pandemic preparedness in Oxford and was also a co-founder of the Center for the Governance of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Pandemic prevention funding is his highest priority.

He told Oregon media that he entered the race after laboring over a plan to prevent future pandemics that were ultimately omitted from the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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