On 22nd Tuesday, Brian Forde, a US Democratic congressional candidate was accused of accepting Bitcoin [BTC] donations for his campaign. Ironically, he wrote the White House memo on cryptocurrency.
He is a blockchain expert and businessman. Forde was also a White House senior advisor in the office of science and technology during the Obama administration. He is now running for the Democratic nomination for the upcoming congressional elections in California.
His rival Dave Min, professor of law at the University of California and former SEC attorney, is circulating an advertisement against Forde’s campaign. He said that it is being illegally funded by Bitcoin [BTC] speculators who are against prevention of human trafficking and promotion of drug deals. Brian Forde has responded to allegations by saying:
“My supporters didn’t HODL, but they made donations to my campaign in Bitcoin[BTC] is because they have faith in the technology. The comments accusing my supporters are completely inaccurate, sensationalist and it is due to my opponent’s lack of understanding of the technology. My supporters wouldn’t have donated to the campaign if they were just trying to speculate.”
“While my opponent’s advertisement is trying to disparage a technology, what he doesn’t understand is that the United Nation is using is it to fight human trafficking worldwide and we need more rational technologists and scientists who can make policies based on evidence rather than politicians who making irrational decisions based on their emotions.”
Brian Forde’s campaign has attracted support from cryptocurrency giants like the Winklevoss brothers and Mike Novogratz. He was a vital part of Obama’s Climate Data Initiative and TechHire during Barack Obama’s term. Brian Forde has become the head of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative.
The US Federal Election Commission [FEC] has allowed political action committees to accept Bitcoin [BTC] as donations, given that donors identify themselves. Donations in Bitcoin are treated as in-kind donations which gives the candidates 10 days to transfer the BTC raised to their official campaign funds. Back in 2014, New Hampshire was the first US state to accept BTC as donations with Colorado.
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Bitcoin [BTC]: 60 Minutes segment airs on CBS; market relieved over no FUD content
Bitcoin [BTC], the largest cryptocurrency in the world has gained a lot of mainstream media attention over the years. However, most media houses have often failed to deliver the message to the masses, with the main reason being lack of research and knowledge of the subject. The cryptocurrency was thrown back into the spotlight after CBS released a teaser to their latest “60 Minutes” episode, unveiling a few influencers of the industry, speaking about their experience.
The episode, which released on 19 May 2019, immediately grabbed the attention of the cryptocurrency space, with a majority wondering whether the media channel would nail it or fail it. Interestingly, there was a poll conducted on Bitcoin Talk, where the question was ‘CBS 60 Minutes 5/19/19 on Bitcoin. Will it cause FOMO or FUD?’
60 Minutes, broadcast on the CBS Network is one of the oldest and most-watched American television programs, with the focus being “the real story on America’s most prevalent issues”. According to CBS, 60 Minutes has an average of 11.4 million viewers and about a million people who listen to its radio broadcast and podcast.
The show titled ‘Bitcoin’s Wild Ride’ aired hours ago, and covered the story of Charlie Shrem, the founder of BitInstant, Laszlo Hanyecz, the famous pizza guy who is recognized as the first person to make a real-world transaction with Bitcoin, and Marco Streng, the CEO of Genesis Mining. The segment also had Neha Narula, the Director of Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab, answering questions pertaining to the coin, and Lael Brainard, a member of the US Federal Reserve, speaking about why not Bitcoin.
The show was briefly explained by a Redditor, EternitySphere,
Unlike other mainstream Bitcoin segments, this segment was well-received by the Bitcoin community after a majority agreed that it did not spread FUD and that it was an unbiased episode, contrary to expectations. However, there were few concerns pertaining to a lack of content, with some believing that it failed to explain key information; which includes how it derives it value, albeit there was no FUD.
Franky1 commented on Bitcoin Talk,
“[…] next was the whole describing mining segment involving genesis mining.(facepalm) ASIC’s do not store records(asics have no hard drive).. so saying the mining done by genesis is the location where records are kept can be misguiding people to think genesis mining are ‘the bank’ and user software just ‘watches the numbers and letters'[…]”
Rdbase also remarked on the Bitcoin forum,
“The whole segment was about charlie shrem known as bitcoin moses and his fall into bad luck with taking a payment which was used to buy illegal things on the dark web. It did have some good points but overall it was just directed towards the public view about it. As a skeptical thing to use and banks were safer with its fiat financial system”
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