Crypto Industry Heavyweights Form Political Action Committee for US Midterms: Report

Backers of the PAC include top executives at FTX and SkyBridge Capital.

AccessTimeIconJan 28, 2022 at 3:15 p.m. UTC
Updated Jan 28, 2022 at 3:58 p.m. UTC

Jamie Crawley is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London.

A group of executives from major firms in the crypto industry have formed a political action committee (PAC) to support candidates running in November's midterm elections.

  • Backers of the PAC include top executives at crypto exchange FTX and SkyBridge Capital, the hedge fund led by Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly a White House communications director under President Donald Trump.
  • The "GMI PAC" has attracted $5.3 million in contributions so far, according to a report by Politico. It aims to raise more than $20 million to support "candidates who work to give U.S.-based innovators the opportunity to build next-generation technologies and services here in America rather than doing that valuable work overseas," according to its website.
  • CMS Holdings co-founder Dan Mastuszewski, a member of the group's board, said that such a body is "long overdue."
  • "GMI PAC is the crypto community’s campaign arm and we are here to stay," Mastuszewski said in a statement Friday.
  • A number of U.S. politicians have been vocal in their advocacy of cryptocurrency and opposition to legislation which they believe unnecessarily stymies its growth and adoption.

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