Oregon Democrats said they accepted $500,000 from a Las Vegas cryptocurrency startup. Now they say the real donor was someone else

A month ago, the Democratic Party of Oregon’s political action committee accepted a big donation: $500,000, or roughly 11% of the committee’s total haul so far this year. It was the largest contribution the committee had ever reported receiving in the 15-year time frame covered by Oregon’s campaign finance database.

Nonetheless, party director Brad Martin said in a statement late Monday that the party accepted the pile of cash without knowing much about its origin. He said the Oct. 4 campaign contribution did not come from the Las Vegas cryptocurrency startup Prime Trust, even though that is what the Democratic Party of Oregon PAC reported to state election officials three weeks ago.

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