Congressional Challenger to House Speaker Pelosi Is Fundraising in Crypto

Democratic blockchain and crypto enthusiast Agatha Bacelar is challenging House Speaker Pelosi on a tech-focused platform.

AccessTimeIconOct 2, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 11:31 a.m. UTC

A primary challenger to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is looking to change the way the federal government regulates the blockchain industry, in addition to raising $1 million in cryptocurrency donations.

2020 congressional candidate hopeful Agatha Bacelar (D) is looking to unseat Pelosi in California’s 12th district, according to her campaign website. Pelosi has been in Congress since 1987 and is currently in her second tenure as Speaker of the House.

Touting her background in the STEM fields, Bacelar's claims the “once-bright future for crypto in America has been dimming” and “has suffered as federal intervention pushed innovators out of our district and the country.”

Specific cryptocurrency legislative goals are not listed on her campaigns website. However, she states that cryptocurrency is "about building alternatives that do not exploit users and creating an ecosystem of innovation that better serves the American people."

As such, Bacelar aims to enter Congress to push for "informed, practical, and future-savvy" regulation in the U.S.

In her campaign statement, she adds that that blockchain is "key to building trustful live democracy tools," while crypto is "essential for promoting human rights and a viable future."

The candidate is also fundraising $1 million in cryptocurrency through the Coinbase exchange. As of now, her campaign has raised $5,000 in bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin, and USD Coin.

Political campaigns inclusion of cryptocurrency and blockchain planks are becoming more common as the industry grows. Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang spoke at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 event and has included federal regulatory reform as part of his platform.

Bacelar's campaign group did not respond to a CoinDesk request for comment by press time.

Agatha Bacelar image via her campaign


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.