Prominent cryptocurrency companies and investors, including Ripple, Coinbase, and a16z, have pledged a staggering $78 million to support the Fairshake political action committee (PAC). The PAC aims to back pro-cryptocurrency candidates during the upcoming 2024 United States election cycle. This development reflects the industry’s growing determination to promote American crypto and blockchain innovation while advocating for responsible regulation.

Supporting Pro-Crypto Candidates

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse publicly announced his company’s commitment to supporting “pro-crypto” candidates in the 2024 US elections. He expressed concerns about the regulatory overreach, particularly from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and emphasized the need for leaders who champion innovation and responsible regulation. Garlinghouse believes that the lack of US leadership in this area has allowed other countries to take advantage, and he aims to lead the charge alongside other industry leaders.


Industry Players Backing the Cause

The list of contributors to the Fairshake PAC is impressive, with high-profile individuals and companies showing their support. Among them are Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, Circle, Coinbase, Kraken, Messari, and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). This united front demonstrates the industry’s collective determination to shape favorable regulatory environments that foster transparency, innovation, and compliance.

Uphill Battle Against Regulators

Cryptocurrency firms operating in the US have faced considerable challenges in dealing with regulators over the past couple of years. The SEC, in particular, has come under fire for its “regulate-by-enforcement” approach. Both Coinbase and Binance.US have faced separate legal proceedings initiated by the SEC in 2023, alleging securities offering violations. This investment in the Fairshake PAC sends a strong message that the industry is ready to fight for clear rules of the road and fair treatment.


a16z’s Vision for the Future

Chris Dixon, the founder and managing director of Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), also pledged the firm’s support to the Fairshake PAC. Dixon highlighted the ongoing battle in Washington regarding the future of blockchain technologies. He emphasized the importance of finding a balanced approach to regulation that neither bans nor allows unfettered development. The coalition aims to raise funds to support the PAC’s mission and advance clear rules that foster innovation while protecting consumers.


The substantial investment of $78 million by Ripple, Coinbase, a16z, and other industry players in the Fairshake PAC demonstrates a powerful commitment to shaping the future of cryptocurrency regulation in the United States.

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These companies and investors recognize the need for pro-crypto candidates who will champion innovation and responsible regulation. By supporting the PAC, they aim to create a favorable environment that fosters transparency, compliance, and technological advancement. This united front is a significant step toward achieving a regulatory framework that allows the industry to thrive while protecting consumers and promoting fair competition.

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