Fairshake Super PAC Raises $78M to Support Crypto Candidates in 2024 U.S. Election

The group has support from a16z, Ark, Circle, Ripple, Coinbase and more.

AccessTimeIconDec 18, 2023 at 1:44 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2024 at 5:11 p.m. UTC

Fairshake, a super political action committee (PAC), has raised $78 million to support leaders who endorse crypto and blockchain in the forthcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a press release on Monday.

The group, which also relied on affiliated super PACs to raise the money, has support from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), ARK Invest and crypto companies Circle, Ripple, Coinbase (COIN) and more.

Fairshake is a Super PAC, which wants to help steer the next U.S. election by raising money to advocate for political candidates. Fairshake’s mission is to support leaders who champion the innovation of blockchain and crypto. Super PACs are prohibited from sending money directly to political candidates.

The next U.S. presidential election is imminent, and many in the crypto sector have been calling for new bespoke rules for the crypto industry or to add more clarity. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently shut down crypto exchange Coinbase’s formal petition for bespoke rules for the sector, saying they were “unwarranted.”

Some political candidates, such as Republicans – entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson – and Democrat Rep. Dean Phillips, are calling for the SEC’s powers to be curtailed and for specific rules to surface.

“In order for the blockchain economy to realize its full potential, a clear regulatory and legal framework for success is needed,” the Fairshake release said.

Edited by Parikshit Mishra.


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