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Coinbase and Ripple fuel PAC for crypto-friendly US policy

TL;DR

  • Coinbase, Andreessen Horowitz, Electric Capital, and Ripple have donated tens of millions to the Fairshake PAC to support crypto-friendly candidates ahead of U.S. elections.
  • Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, personally contributed $1 million, with Coinbase adding $24.5 million to the PAC, totaling about one-third of the PAC’s $85 million funds.
  • Ripple has contributed $20 million to the PAC, emphasizing the crypto industry’s push for regulatory clarity and bipartisan support from lawmakers.

In a significant move ahead of the U.S. elections, major players within the cryptocurrency industry, including Coinbase, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Electric Capital, and Ripple, have collectively funneled tens of millions of dollars into the Fairshake political action committee (PAC). Their collective goal is to support candidates favorable towards the crypto sector, aiming to influence U.S. policymakers for a more crypto-friendly regulatory environment.

Coinbase, Ripple invest in political action committee

Coinbase, the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange and its CEO Brian Armstrong have emerged as major contributors to the Fairshake PAC. Armstrong donated $1 million, and Coinbase added another $24.5 million. According to Bloomberg, their combined contributions account for roughly one-third of the $85 million raised by the PAC to date. This considerable financial backing underscores the crypto industry’s commitment to finding allies within the political sphere.

Ripple, the fintech firm behind the XRP token, has also pledged a substantial amount, contributing $20 million to the PAC. Ripple’s involvement highlights the broader industry’s push for regulatory clarity and support from lawmakers across the political spectrum. Collin McCune, head of government affairs at a16z, emphasized the importance of backing candidates with a long-term vision for technology, indicating a strategic approach to fostering a favorable regulatory framework for blockchain technology and digital assets.

Venture capital support and legislative goals

Venture capital firms have not remained on the sidelines of this initiative. Andreessen Horowitz, a leading venture capital firm, and Electric Capital, another significant player in the venture space, have contributed $20 million and $500,000, respectively. These contributions form part of what has been described as a “war chest” to support crypto-friendly legislative candidates. This concerted effort by crypto companies and venture capital firms illustrates a unified front to advocate for the industry’s interests at the legislative level.

The crypto market’s pursuit of regulatory clarity is not a new endeavor. In 2023, crypto firms ramped up their lobbying efforts, spending nearly $19 million in the first three quarters alone, a 15.2% increase from the previous year. Coinbase led these efforts with $2.16 million in lobbying expenditures, followed by other key industry players. Despite these efforts, the industry continues to navigate a landscape marked by regulatory uncertainty, underscoring the importance of the Fairshake PAC’s mission to support candidates who can contribute to establishing clear regulations for digital assets and blockchain technology.

The significant investments made by Coinbase, a16z, Ripple, and Electric Capital into the Fairshake PAC represent a strategic effort to shape the U.S. political landscape in favor of the crypto industry. By backing candidates receptive to the needs and potential of digital assets and blockchain technology, these entities aim to secure a regulatory environment that fosters innovation and growth within the sector.

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Mutuma Maxwell

Maxwell especially enjoys penning pieces about blockchain and cryptocurrency. He started his venture into blogging in 2020, later focusing on the world of cryptocurrencies. His life's work is to introduce the concept of decentralization to people worldwide.

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