Re-enactment of Carrick Flynn’s few contributions to Oregon
$2,900 on March 30
WHO UNDERSTOOD IT?
Carrick Flynn, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for Oregon’s 6th congressional district.
WHO GAVE IT?
Elizabeth Vaintrob, from Eugene, who works for the Oxford-based Center for Effective Altruism.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Vaintrob is among 10 Oregonians who have given enough to the Flynn campaign to have their names released. Their total contributions are $20,220, just 2.4% of his campaign’s $830,000 donations, as the Salem Statesman-Journal first reported last week. That total is itself a tiny fraction of the $6 million spent by the cryptocurrency-backed Protect Our Future PAC supporting Flynn’s candidacy.
Effective altruism is a philosophy of donating to charity with the goal of having maximum impact – think utilitarianism, but for venture capitalists – and is trending with Silicon Valley investors. , including some that favor cryptocurrency. Flynn has ties to the Effective Altruism community. A friend of Flynn’s posted on the Center’s online forum under the initials “ASB” soliciting donations for the Flynn campaign on the grounds that his election would support pandemic preparedness. “The Biden administration has released a fantastic $65 billion plan that aims to prevent future pandemics,” he wrote. “Congress has funded virtually none of this. Part of the problem is that no one in Congress has made pandemic preparedness a “central issue.” Flynn, he argues, will.
WHAT DOES THE CAMPAIGN SAY?
The Flynn campaign says Flynn has built a record through his poverty alleviation and public health work that has garnered interest from the philanthropic community.
“As we approach the primary, we are soliciting votes more than money, but we will continue to grow our grassroots donor base,” Flynn campaign manager Avital Balwit said. “It should also be noted that we have dozens more donors in the state than originally announced – many smaller contributions that are not detailed but reflect our growing base of support.”