Mystery PAC backed by crypto billionaire wants to stop next COVID

A new super PAC funded mostly by a young cryptocurrency billionaire is spending tens of millions of dollars on Democratic candidates running for Congress in hopes of creating a new caucus of pandemic experts in the House of Representatives.

The group, Protect Our Future PAC, has spent more than $22 million on candidates running in seven states, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

So much spending by an outside group is hardly rare in the years after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the creation of super PACs. But rarely has a group so new on the scene spent so heavily in the primary season. Protect Our Future PAC has spent more this year than any other outside group in America, except the conservative Club for Growth, a group founded more than two decades ago.

All of the candidates Protect Our Future PAC backs are running in safe Democratic seats that are unlikely to change hands this November.

The group has spent nearly two-thirds of its money so far on behalf of Carrick Flynn, a first-time candidate running for a newly created seat in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It has also spent more than $1 million for Texas state Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D), North Carolina state Sen. Valerie Foushee (D) and Kentucky state Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D), all of whom are running for seats held by longtime Democratic incumbents who are retiring this year.

The PAC has picked sides in two more contentious races: It spent $1 million to help Rep. Shontel Black (D-Ohio) win a rematch against a progressive challenger, and it has already dropped $2 million on behalf of Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who faces Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D) in a primary election after redistricting drew the two into the same seat.

The through line running between candidates, the PAC’s spokesman said, is an interest in preparing for the pandemic of the future. Flynn worked on pandemic preparedness at a philanthropy funded by a co-founder of Facebook; McGarvey and Foushee both make…


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