US crypto firms spent more on lobbying in 2023 than before FTX collapse: Report

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Government transparency group Open Secrets reported U.S. crypto firms spent roughly $19 million on lobbying from January to September 2023.

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US crypto firms spent more on lobbying in 2023 than before FTX collapse: Report

Companies connected to the crypto and blockchain industry in the United States reportedly spent roughly $3 million more on lobbying in the first three quarters of 2023 than over the same period in 2022.

According to a Dec. 5 Reuters report citing data from U.S. government transparency group Open Secrets, crypto firms spent roughly $19 million on lobbying from January to September 2023, roughly 19% more than they did over the same period in 2022. Coinbase reportedly led the spending on lobbying at more than $2 million, followed by Crypto.com, Blockchain Association and Binance.

Before its collapse in November 2022, FTX had been one of the biggest spenders in the crypto space on donations to U.S. lawmakers’ campaigns and marketing efforts. Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, who was found guilty of seven felony charges related to fraud at the exchange, used customer deposits to donate millions to political campaigns.

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With many crypto firms claiming the United States has a great deal of regulatory uncertainty surrounding digital assets, company executives sometimes travel to Washington, D.C. and meet with lawmakers. The allegations against Bankman-Fried included donations to politicians — many of which were later returned. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has also met with many lawmakers, presumably to discuss digital asset regulation.

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