Dan Elder, a US House candidate in the 1st Congressional District of Missouri, has announced that he will fund his election campaign solely on bitcoin donations.
Starting on 11th July, Elder’s campaign website will only accept bitcoin donations. The candidate hopes to draw attention to digital currency during both his campaign and, if elected, his time in office.
A decision by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) allows in-kind donations in bitcoin, with a limit of $100. The May decision, prompted by questions from political action committees, opened the doors for campaigns to accept bitcoin from constituents and supporters.
Elder told CoinDesk that digital currency offers a unique way to bring soundness back to the idea of money. The Air National Guard veteran and IT specialist sees bitcoin as a competitive force against fiat currencies, traditional central banking and a risky financial sector.
First bitcoin-only candidate in United States
Elder’s campaign effort is significant as he is the first candidate in the United States to accept only digital currency.
He first learned about bitcoin several years ago. Elder cited a career-long involvement with technology and participation in the right-leaning Liberty Movement, the latter of which being a source of broad support for digital currency.
Candidate aims for greater awareness
Despite a lack of concrete information about bitcoin among the broader voting population, Elder foresees success in his efforts. He remarked that the response has been enthusiastic since he first embarked on the bitcoin-only concept, saying:
Ultimately, Elder’s intention is to “bring more public attention to this new, open, less-regulated currency” that he says should function on an international scale like the US dollar and other fiat currencies.
Elder added that even if he isn’t successful in his bid for seat in the 1st District, he will see the campaign as a successful chance to further educate the populace about bitcoin.
Image via Elect Dan Elder Campaign
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