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Bitcoin-Friendly U.S. Senate Candidate Austin Petersen Loses Republican Primary

Pro-bitcoin U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen has lost his Republican primary bid to challenge incumbent Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in the upcoming mid-term election. Petersen, who accepted the largest single bitcoin donation in federal election history and was also forced to return several six-figure cryptocurrency contributions due to campaign finance regulations, was soundly defeated by...
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West Virginia to Offer Blockchain Voting for This Year’s Midterm Elections

West Virginia is rolling out a blockchain based mobile voting app so American troops overseas can cast their votes in the upcoming elections, CNN reports. The state had previously used the mobile voting platform, called Voatz app, in a pilot for deployed troops and their dependents in two counties for the state’s primary elections. Secretary The post West Virginia to Offer Blockchain Voting ...
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‘New Things Are Scary to People,’ Says NC Politician Told He Can’t Accept Bitcoin Donations

A few days ago, CCN reported that the North Carolina State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Office rejected an application to permit candidates accept campaign donation in bitcoin. Emmanuel Wilder, the Republican state legislature candidate and Systems Analyst who submitted the unsuccessful application sat down with CCN to give his opinion about the decision and share The post ‘New Things...
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House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte Owns as Much as $80,000 in Bitcoin: Report

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee is set to become the first member of Congress to disclose his bitcoin holdings, Sludge reports. According to a June 18 memo issued by the House Ethics Committee, lawmakers were required to reveal any digital token holdings above $1,000 publicly. The lawmakers were instructed The post House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte Owns as M...
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No Coins for You! North Carolina Rejects Bitcoin Campaign Donations

North Carolina has barred electoral candidates in the state from accepting campaign donations made in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This declaration is contained in a response from the North Carolina State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Office to Emmanuel Wilder, a Republican candidate running for a seat in the state’s legislature. Regulatory Snafu Earlier in The post No Coins for...
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BitGo’s Lopp Offers $100,000 Reward to Catch Person Who ‘SWATed’ Him

Jameson Lopp, a SegWit2x opponent, BitGo engineer, and the creator of statoshi.info, has offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who made a fraudulent police report in October claiming he had killed someone at Lopp’s house in Durham, NC and was holding people hostage, The post BitGo’s Lopp Offers $100,000 Reward to Catch...
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CFTC Does Not Regulate Retail Crypto Markets: Chairman Chris Giancarlo

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo has stated that the agency’s primary remit is not to exercise regulatory jurisdiction over cryptocurrency trading markets and other cash markets, but to deal with fraud and compliance in large futures markets. He made this comment while responding to a question from Rep. The post CFTC Does Not...
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Coinbase Forms Political Action Committee Amid Uncertain Regulatory Climate

Coinbase has become the first crypto industry organisation in the USA to form a Political Action Committee (PAC). This was revealed on July 20 in a filing by the United States Federal Election Commission (FEC). The move is the latest in a series of bold moves by the crypto exchange and wallet provider as it The post Coinbase Forms Political Action Committee Amid Uncertain Regulatory Climate appear...
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Bitcoin Poses Danger to U.S. Elections, Researcher Tells Congress

For a significant part of 2017 and even this year, social media platforms have taken a lot of heat over their alleged role in influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And for a period of time on Tuesday during a congressional hearing, cryptocurrencies were put in the same spot — at least with regards to The post Bitcoin Poses Danger to U.S. Elections, Researcher Tells Congress appear...
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Congress Should Take Action Against Privacy Coins: Secret Service Official

A top official in the US Secret Service has asked Congress to take action against privacy-centric cryptocurrencies like zcash and monero, which include features designed to help users make anonymous transactions. In prepared testimony given on Wednesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, Robert Novy — The post Co...
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