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Crypto Nonprofit Launches PAC to Back Pro-Crypto Candidates in U.S. Elections

A crypto non-profit organization has initiated the establishment of a new political action committee (PAC) with the aim of raising funds from its 440,000 members to support politicians who are favorable towards cryptocurrency, as reported by Reuters. This PAC, known as Stand With Crypto, is endorsing a bipartisan selection of candidates contesting in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Stand With Crypto’s PAC is part of a larger effort within the cryptocurrency industry to back political candidates who advocate for the advancement of crypto and blockchain technology. Other prominent PACs in this endeavor, such as Fairshake, Defend American Jobs, and Protect Progress, have collectively amassed over $110 million in contributions for this election cycle, as reported by the Federal Election Commission.

The involvement of cryptocurrency entities in the current electoral process occurs amidst increased scrutiny following the conviction of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried for embezzlement last year. Allegations suggest that Bankman-Fried diverted funds to contribute more than $100 million to various U.S. political campaigns.

While PACs like Stand With Crypto are established to pool resources for specific candidates or causes, they operate differently from super PACs, which can accept unrestricted donations but are prohibited from direct coordination with campaigns.

Among the endorsed candidates are Jim Banks, a Republican running for Senate in Indiana; Jim Justice, a Republican Senate candidate from West Virginia; Shomari Figures, a Democrat vying for Alabama’s Second District representation; Eddy Morales, a Democratic candidate for Oregon’s Third District; and Troy Downing, a Republican contender for Montana’s Second District seat.

Nick Carr, chief strategist at Stand With Crypto, said “The goal is to endorse candidates and support candidates that are protecting the rights of our advocates of Stand With Crypto throughout November.” 

The cryptocurrency industry asserts its active participation in this electoral cycle. Crypto super PAC Defend American Jobs celebrated victories in Indiana primaries, where four endorsed candidates, including Jim Banks and Mark Messmer, a Republican running to represent the state’s Eighth District, secured their nominations.

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