Blockchain Association Sets Up PAC to Influence US Crypto Policy

The Blockchain Association is adding its own political action committee (PAC) to the crypto industry’s growing array of campaign-finance efforts seeking to steer the U.S. government’s debate over digital assets.

The BA PAC will contribute to the campaigns of “pro-crypto candidates” from both parties, according to Kristin Smith, the Washington, D.C.-based association’s executive director. The timing – dated Monday in the group’s Federal Election Commission filing – is too late to make a splash in November’s midterm elections that will decide if Republicans will surge into power in Congress or whether Democrats maintain a tenuous hold. But the PAC will be in position to exert influence in the presidential election year in 2024.

The PAC will still donate to candidates for this November's election, though a press release declined to identify which candidates.

“We believe crypto is by definition a non-partisan issue,” Smith said in a tweet on Monday. “We will support candidates in that spirit, seeking the best champions for this technology no matter which side of the aisle they come from.”

Smith herself has donated to candidates from both parties, as well as right-leaning fundraising group WinRed, according to FEC data.

The industry has quickly become one of the dominant forces in political giving, with its new PACs outpacing many of the political efforts from more established industries. Crypto billionaires such as FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried have poured tens of millions of dollars of their own money into U.S. politics over the past few years.

The PAC will be chaired by Julie Stitzel, vice president of public policy at CoinDesk parent company Digital Currency Group, and will see Smith, Messari founder Ryan Selkis, Kraken Head of Policy Jonathan Jachym, Wicklow Capital Counsel John McCarthy and Ledger Head of Policy Seth Hertlein take roles as directors.