Mysterious greenwashing – Eugene Weekly

“Reject Val Hoyle,” reads a flyer sent to many residents of Eugene-Springfield and other towns in the 4th congressional district. “She is with them, not us!

On the surface, it looks like typical anti-Hoyle campaign literature sent out by his Republican opponent Alek Skarlatos. But rather than urging voters to vote Republican, the flyer supports Pacific Green Party candidate Mike Beilstein.

Beilstein condemned literature — and the black money that funds it — as did Doyle Canning, Hoyle’s Democratic primary rival, as a way to confuse and discourage liberal and progressive voters.

“It’s a cynical attempt to hijack the message of voters and climate progressives,” Canning said. Literature is a way to intentionally confuse voters, she adds, to boost ‘ultra MAGA’ Skarlatos, who will side with polluters and tax cuts for billionaires, as well as threaten fundamental freedoms, such as marriage and access to health care. “That is what this election is about. That’s why I support Democrat Val Hoyle.

On October 25, Beilstein sent out a press release disavowing the leaflet, saying he was not discouraging people from voting for him, but he denounced the use of black money to mislead voters in an attempt to split the vote. liberal and hand over the 4th congressional district to Republican Skarlatos.

Beilstein tells Weekly Eugene that while the flyer represents his political views, such as supporting the Green New Deal and holding corporations accountable, but, he adds, he does not attack opponents, whether Hoyle or Skarlatos.

Green Oregon is the super Pac behind independent spending, and it was formed Oct. 19 by Treasurer Nathaniel Lopez, a frequent Republican contributor who gave $300 to President Donald Trump’s campaign and $895 to the WinRed Republican committee in 2020. Lopez discloses an Eugene address in a FedEx mailbox at 4736 Royal Avenue in Green Oregon’s super PAC filing, but his Trump campaign contributions show him as a Virginia resident who works as a contractor.

According to the rules of the federal election campaign, an independent expenditure supports or opposes a candidate and is not made in coordination with a candidate or his campaign or his political party.

In recent years, super PACs have used a calendar loophole to hide funding sources. According to a report on the 2018 midterm general election by Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, “mysterious super PACs popped up in the weeks leading up to Election Day, spent five, six or seven figures in advertisements and legally dodgy handsets. accounting tricks with gaps in the reporting schedule to keep voters in the dark about the sources of their funding until well after voters cast their ballots.

Canning criticized the use of black money in the May primary when she ran against Hoyle.

Canning says black money interests are losing tens of thousands of dollars — and dropped as low as half a million in the primary — and are involved in the election because they think they can do a difference in the result. “The difference they want to make is tiny,” she adds. “They wouldn’t spend to boost a Green Party candidate who publicly said he didn’t expect to get 3% of the vote.”

The flyer is an act of desperation, Canning adds, and shows how far the Tories will go. “Dirty tricks and black money are in order for Republican interests who want to install ultra MAGA politicians who will do whatever they want in Washington,” she says.

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