John Rizzo

John  Rizzo

John Rizzo is senior vice president for public affairs at Clyde Group, where he provides strategic counsel and communications guidance to clients in traditional finance along with emerging and innovative fields such as digital assets and fintech. John most recently served as the senior spokesperson at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where he led public affairs strategy on digital assets, fintech, climate finance, financial stability, domestic finance and economic policy.

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What Crypto Can Learn From AI About Getting Its Way in Washington
The crypto industry has yet to turn the popularity of its assets into a ramrod that can move policymakers.
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How PayPal Upended the Crypto Debate in Washington D.C.
Democratic policymakers are rethinking their stance on stablecoins in the wake of the fintech giant's PYUSD announcement, says John Rizzo. Here's why.
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Could the Ripple Ruling Spell the End of Regulation by Enforcement?
A long-awaited district judge’s ruling that some XRP token sales were not investment contracts will likely eventually lead to a bipartisan regulatory framework that is more fa...
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Politics Is Interested in Crypto, Even if Crypto Isn't Interested in Politics
If U.S. policymakers want to help direct crypto, benefitting consumers an innovation, they will need to learn to compromise.
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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Won’t Stop Money Laundering, but It Could Ban Crypto
The Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act that Senators Elizabeth Warren and Roger Marshall are pushing through Congress is the legislative equivalent of a Trojan Horse, wri...
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Bitcoin Should Be Central to Regulation of Digital Assets
U.S. lawmakers should recognize the unique qualities of Bitcoin as they set out market structure for the crypto economy, says John Rizzo.
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USDC's 'Black Swan' Depegging Could Have Been Avoided With Proper Regulatory Framework
Fissures among the progressive left are primarily responsible for the lack of U.S. regulatory progress, says John Rizzo of the Clyde Group.
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Policymakers Need to Focus on Tokenization, Not Just Tokens
Representing real-world assets on a blockchain could allow everyday Americans to buy into durable prosperity, says John Rizzo, an ex-Treasury Department official.
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How Industry Can Prevent the Crypto Winter From Becoming an Ice Age
Recognizing that crypto has to be regulated as part of the regular economy is a first step to arguing for rules tailored to its unique innovations, says John Rizzo.
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