Digital asset execs secure $78m for crypto advocacy, responsible regulations

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Federal political action committee Fairshakes has secured a $78 million fund in Q4 2023 to back pro-crypto lawmakers and endorse leaders championing blockchain innovation in the United States.

In a press release issued on December 18, the firm expressed its commitment to promoting positive policies and advancements within the industry.

As a federal super political action committee (PAC), Fairshakes aims to support candidates from both the U.S. Senate and House, transcending party lines. This initiative seeks to streamline regulations and shape the industry landscape, addressing periods of uncertainty.

Embracing the transformative potential of the American crypto community, Fairshake is dedicated to advancing leaders who are poised to champion innovation and navigate the complexities of responsible regulation in the digital age,” said Fairshake in a statement.

Fairshake has garnered support from prominent leaders in the crypto industry, including Andreessen Horowitz, Ark, Brian Armstrong, Blockchain Capital, Circle, Coinbase, Kraken, and Ripple.

Significantly, analysts assert that the involvement of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried in political donations has added to the criticism faced by blockchain projects recently. Digital asset analysts have urged executives to enhance lobbying efforts for regulations, considering the current situation’s adverse impact on the overall market sentiment.

While global regulators have issued numerous guidelines across jurisdictions to safeguard investors, many have been criticized for negatively affecting the market due to bottleneck policies. Analysts advocate for authorities to collaborate with crypto executives to create more balanced regulations.

Fairshakes emphasized that their initiative is not against regulations but is instead in favor of responsible regulations in the United States.

Fairshake and its affiliates remain steadfast in their mission to support leaders who champion the interests of progressive innovation, including blockchain technology and the crypto industry, through independent advertising efforts,” it said.

“For the blockchain economy to realize its full potential, a clear regulatory and legal framework for success is needed.”

Shaping U.S. Crypto Politics

On December 14, private capital firm Andreessen Horowitz clarified its nonpartisan stance on political contributions. The firm emphasized support for candidates advocating a positive, technology-enabled future.

This aligns with the super PACs’ goal of advancing the industry in the U.S. through advocacy for sensible regulation. Coinbase, with a history of initiatives mobilizing crypto owners for change, adds context to its involvement in political funding.

The primary aim is to alter perceptions of cryptocurrency in political financing, especially in light of negative associations from FTX’s collapse and SBF’s guilty verdict. Fairshake and affiliates have clearly outlined their goals: backing congressional candidates advocating for innovation-friendly, responsible crypto and blockchain regulation.

News outlet Axios reported that this initiative aims to cultivate an environment conducive to the crypto industry’s growth in the U.S. Moreover, it highlights that figures such as House Financial Services Committee chair Patrick McHenry and Majority Whip Tom Emmer have received support from these PACs.

This strategic political investment comes at a pivotal juncture when policymakers show heightened interest in formulating definitive regulations for the cryptocurrency sector. For instance, under McHenry’s stewardship, the House Financial Services Committee progressed multiple crypto regulatory bills to the floor in July 2023.

In essence, this substantial financial commitment by crypto leaders in these super PACs underscores the industry’s resolve to establish a more favorable regulatory climate and solidify its presence and influence within the U.S. political arena.

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