Hot on the heels of the FEC’s decision to allow bitcoin contributions in politics comes an announcement from Jared Polis and his campaign for reelection to his Congressional office.
According to his campaign committee, Jared Polis for Congress, Mr. Polis will begin accepting bitcoin donations/contributions effective immediately.
“I am thrilled that the FEC has chosen to take a forward looking stance on digital currencies, recognizing the rights of individuals seeking alternatives to government backed currencies to participate in our democratic political process,” said Polis.
“Bitcoin, and other digital currencies, are just beginning to show the world what a tremendous tool they can be; whether it is reducing transaction costs in developing nations, giving people more options for engaging in commerce, or sending Representatives dedicated to advancing personal freedom to Congress.”
Jared Polis has been a friend to the bitcoin community ever since his colleague in Congress, Senator Joe Manchin, wrote a letter to federal regulators with demands to ban the use of bitcoin due to its potential for use as an illicit tool.
The response from Polis was witty: asking the same regulators to ban the use of the United States dollar for the very reasons outlined by Manchin.
But Polis isn’t the only member of Congress who’s turned to bitcoin donations.
Representative Steve Stockman of Texas announced his Senate campaign would be accepting bitcoin donations at the beginning of the year.
The Polis campaign has established bitcoin.polisforcongress.com for contributions.