A politician from the US state of Wisconsin has returned a $100 bitcoin donation following guidance from the Government Accountability Board (GAB), a state-level campaign finance watchdog.
The FEC announced in late April that it had postponed its decision on bitcoin donations until its next meeting on 8th May. Several FEC board members have voiced support for the acceptance of bitcoin contributions under the same rules as cash and with a limit of $100.
When asked about the reason behind the state-level regulatory delay, GAB spokesperson Reid Magney told the Wisconsin Reporter:
Roadblock for bitcoin contributions
In an interview with Wisconsin Reporter, Clear remarked that the GAB approach to bitcoin was misguided, stating:
It’s not clear whether or not the GAB will make a decision on state-level bitcoin donations until after this election cycle.
Complicating the matter is the GAB’s lack of action on bitcoin. Some members of the board commented at the organization’s March gathering that a decision may not be necessary regardless of the nature of any decision by the FEC.
Bitcoin’s evolving role in US politics
It remains to be seen whether or not the FEC green-lights the expanded use of bitcoin for campaign donations. In the meantime, however, several US politicians have begun to immerse themselves in the world of digital currency.
Other US politicians that have already announced the acceptance of bitcoin donations classify them as 'in-kind' donations. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for the Texas governorship, is one such candidate.
This policy toward bitcoin donations mirrors a decision by the FEC last year allowing bitcoin in-kind donations.
For more on recent regulatory developments in the US and around the world, read our latest "Bitcoin Regulation Roundup."
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