Coinbase, Ripple, and Venture Firms Channel Millions to Fairshake PAC for Crypto Advocacy

Major players in the crypto industry, including Coinbase, Ripple, venture firms Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and Electric Capital, have collectively contributed tens of millions of dollars to the Fairshake political action committee (PAC). The objective is to wield influence on U.S. policymakers and support candidates sympathetic to the crypto sector. Coinbase's CEO, Brian Armstrong, personally donated $1 million, with the company injecting an additional $24 million into the PAC, constituting about one-third of the total $85 million raised by Fairshake. Ripple, known for its XRP token, has committed $20 million, while venture capital giants a16z and Electric Capital contributed $20 million and $500,000, respectively. These efforts reflect the crypto industry's ongoing push for regulatory clarity and favorable policies, with lobbying expenditures reaching $19 million in the first three quarters of 2023.

The crypto market's pursuit of regulatory frameworks aligned with its interests has intensified in recent years. Despite U.S. lawmakers' attempts to craft crypto legislation, specific laws tailored to the industry remain absent. Coinbase, which led lobbying expenditures in 2022 with $2 million, continues to play a prominent role in advocating for the sector's interests. The collective funding from Fairshake underscores the crypto industry's commitment to shaping the regulatory landscape in its favor.

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