Remus Cernea is seeking to become president of Romania, and he’s hoping to do it with the help of donations (as most politicians would). Except, unlike most politicians, Cernea has announced his desire to accept bitcoin donations for his campaign.
The announcement was made Thursday at a press conference, where Cernea said the following:
“I’m the first politician in the world who has announced his candidacy for presidential elections and accepting donations in Bitcoin. It is a world first[,] that I know.”
But the candidate isn’t simply looking for an easy way to get money. He’s genuinely interested in the digital currency, posting the following on his Facebook account:
“Bitcoin is a revolutionary virtual currency, which does not depend on any state and is not issued by a national bank. Australia, Germany, Finland, Canada was among the first countries that have formally accepted. In general, it is already accepted in democratic countries with mature market economies …”
Cernea has published an image of himself with a QR code for donations. Thus far, it looks to have received on the order of $2 USD, at the time of this writing.