Katie Britt, a Republican candidate for U.S Senate, announced Monday that her campaign will now accept contributions in cryptocurrency. She also said she plans on working with Washington cryptocurrency proponents to support blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency industry.
“I’m excited to announce that our campaign now accepts cryptocurrency contributions, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin. This is merely a small token of my overall staunch support for the digital asset ecosystem, blockchain technology, proof of work, cryptocurrency and Bitcoin in particular,” Britt said in a statement earlier this week.
BitPay, a cryptocurrency payment provider, will be taking care of campaign donations on Britt’s official website. Digital coins such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoins (GUSD, USDC, USDP, DAI, and BUSD) will be accepted.
Britt said that she will work closely with U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) if she gets elected, stating that Wyoming’s approach in regulating cryptocurrency is the right path to tread.
Wyoming began incentivizing cryptocurrency startups and charters for groups that invest in digital assets. Lummis was the first American senator to own some digital coins.
“We need fresh blood in the Senate to keep America at the forefront of innovation and technology, not the same-old ineffective career politicians who are stuck in the past. Supporting Bitcoin means supporting personal freedom, American competitiveness and national security,” Britt said.
I will be an advocate for commonsense policies that provide appropriate consumer protections while fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and investment here at home rather than driving the digital asset economy overseas to places like China,” Britt added.
Katie Boyd Britt has amassed a substantial cash advantage over Trump-backed Rep. Mo Brooks, and other candidates in Alabama for the U.S. Senate race.
Britt, who was the former chief of staff for retiring Senator Richard Shelby, will be seeking to fill his seat in 2022. Britt, who was the head of the Business Council of Alabama, resigned to run for Senate. He has so far led fundraising ahead of June’s Republican primary.
According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Britt has raised $3.76 million for her campaign. This includes $1.5 million in quarter one. As of this writing, her campaign balance is $3.3 million.
Shelby, one the Senate’s most senior senators, had earlier this year announced that he would not seek to reelect himself in 2022. This triggered what is likely to be a chaotic GOP primary in the red-leaning State.
Shelby called Britt “best-qualified candidate to come along in a long time.”