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US: Katie Britt accepts Bitcoin donations for election campaign


en.cryptonomist.ch 25 November 2021 19:19, UTC
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It’s official: US Senate candidate Katie Britt is accepting donations in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to fund her campaign. 

Summary

Bitcoin donations for Katie Britt

On her website, KatieBrittForSenate.com, she has added a specific page for people to send donations in BTC, BCH, ETH, DOGE, LTC and USDC via BitPay. 

The page reads:

“Your contribution will benefit Katie Britt for Alabama”.

Any contribution made through BitPay must still comply with all federal laws and regulations regarding political donations.

Britt announced her candidacy for Senate in Alabama in June, but the news of her opening up to cryptocurrency donations only came recently. 

The candidate stated

“I’m excited to announce that our campaign now accepts cryptocurrency contributions, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin. This is merely a small token of my overall staunch support for the digital asset ecosystem, blockchain technology, proof of work, cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin in particular”.

Alabama’s political environment

Britt is running for the Republican Party, which is the historically strongest party in Alabama. For example, in 2020 the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama won with 60% of the vote, compared to 40% for the Democratic candidate. 

However, Katie Britt is not the only candidate, because there are at least four other Democratic candidates. The party’s primary will be held on 24 May 2022, although Britt does not appear to be the favourite, despite being the former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, and former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby. She is, however, endorsed by the Home Builders Association of Alabama, the Alabama Farmers Federation’s FarmPAC and the Alabama Retail Association’s Federal Political Action Committee.

The election will be held on 8 November next year

Katie Britt’s election platform

The candidate aims to fight, should she be elected, to “keep America at the forefront of innovation and technology”, which fully justifies her choice to also accept cryptocurrency donations. 

She states: 

“Supporting Bitcoin means supporting personal freedom, American competitiveness, and national security. I will be an advocate for commonsense policies that provide appropriate consumer protections while fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment here at home rather than driving the digital asset economy overseas to places like China”.

One of her intentions is to revise the definition of a digital asset broker in the new infrastructure bill, which is considered antiquated and anti-innovation. 

Another is to work closely with Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, a long-time supporter of cryptocurrencies, for example by taking a cue from Wyoming’s approach to regulating digital assets. 


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