What Significance Do the U.S. Midterm Elections Hold for Cryptocurrency?

What Significance Do the U.S. Midterm Elections Hold for Cryptocurrency?

  • Hopes for the formation of detailed regulations for cryptocurrency in the United States are increasing as the election approaches. 
  • At the beginning of the year, crypto enthusiasts had hoped that regulators would implement a regulatory framework, but it never came to pass.
  • Cryptocurrency firms and representatives have donated over $80 million in the run-up to the midterm elections. 
  • Since June, the total volume of cryptocurrency donations has dropped.

As focus on the U.S midterm elections heat up, individuals and firms from all sectors, disciplines, and industries are eager to find out what awaits them. For the cryptocurrency space, those hopes and expectations lie in the process of the formation of next year’s Congress, with attention on the creation of a detailed regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies in the United States gaining momentum. 

At the turn of the year, cryptocurrency enthusiasts were positive that regulators would look to set clear regulations, and though the sector experienced something close to that, measures fell somewhat short of expectations.

The cryptocurrency sector has seen positive indications of regulation through proposals such as Senator Lummis and Gillibrand’s sponsored bill. President Joe Biden’s Executive order in March also added to the building anticipation for legislation on crypto in the United States. However as of yet, there is still no clear policy regarding the handling of digital assets in the U.S.

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have faced further difficulties due to the confusing, and oftentimes contradictory oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 

Analysts predict that, while the Senate will be a toss-up, the House will return to a Republican majority, though the White House is expected to remain Democratic for at least two more years, according to CNBC.

A Republican majority could potentially stand to benefit the crypto industry, with many among them being its most ardent advocates, urging lawmakers to pass more crypto-friendly bills. Additionally, A Republican-controlled Congress may pressure agencies like the SEC to ease their aggressive pursuits of the sector. 

It should be noted, however, that, as per reports, representatives of both the Democrats and the Republicans support digital assets, so the cryptocurrency industry is watching the United States’ legislative affairs with bated breath.

Crypto Donations Towards the Election

The run-up to this year’s mid-term elections has witnessed heavy donations from the cryptocurrency space, amounting to more than $80 million. According to reports, FTX Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried currently ranks as the fourth largest individual contributor, at the time of writing. 

Despite this significant sum, donations made in September by the cryptocurrency sector have dipped considerably since those in June, when the sector donated $10.4 million to campaigns. In July, figures dropped by more than half to $4.4 million, before peaking slightly at $5.1 million, while contributions made in September and October were recorded at $3.9 million, and $600,000 respectively. 

The general decline in crypto’s prices and market capitalization this year has likely been a major factor in this trend. 

While those who scaled through the primaries thanks to such donations are yet to voice concrete support for the industry, contributions from crypto enthusiasts still have time to make an impact.

Cryptocurrency Aspirants Have a Lot to Look Forward to

Advocates for the cryptocurrency sector are already showing support for the industry and pushing for clear, robust regulations. Lawmakers like Lummis, Gillibrand and Pat Toomey have been among those pushing for crypto this year, although Toomey is set to retire. 

With the promising indications from Congress this year, hopes are high that the next iteration will work to unveil regulatory steps for the crypto sector, with many new aspirants vying for positions in this year’s midterms.

On the Flipside

  • Based on valuations, 28 of the top 50 crypto companies are located in the U.S., a country that lacks clear regulatory guidelines on digital assets. As such, crypto enthusiasts are looking forward to the upcoming midterm elections with hopes that a new framework will soon be implemented.

Why You Should Care

According to a Pew Research Center data report, those most drawn to digital assets are often men under the age of 30. However, statistics show that young men are not big voters in the U.S. In this way, politicians who talk about crypto could risk alienating older voters concerned about the financial developments and perceived risk posed by the sector. For this reason, crypto has a long way to go before it can be considered a mainstream election point.

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