New crypto group rates industry friendliness of lawmakers – POLITICO


With Daniel Lipman

NEW CRYPTO GROUP, FIRST IN PI: A new 501(c)(4) has kicked off a near six-figure campaign to promote cryptocurrency and urge lawmakers to support pro-crypto policies.

Crypto Action Network, which declined to provide details of its donors, will run digital ads on a number of websites and apps, mostly in the areas of news, politics and technology. Ads have already started appearing in DC, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

– The group is the latest crypto advocacy organization that has sprung up to sway lawmakers in Washington as Congress struggles to understand and regulate the emerging fintech industry. The booming field of crypto advocacy in DC, meanwhile, has provided K Street with a boon in new business.

– Crypto Action Network has also launched a newsletter for lawmakers on cryptocurrency policy. Among those who received an “A” grade were Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Ron Wyden (Golden.). Gillibrand and Lummis, who have owned Bitcoin since 2013, announced their bipartisan crypto plan in June.

— Two lawmakers received an F score in the Crypto Action Network report: Representative Brad Sherman (D-California) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Warren has become a vocal critic of the industry, calling out Russia’s potential to use cryptocurrency to evade sanctions and the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining. The Los Angeles Times called Sherman “the leading crypto-skeptic in Congress.”

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ANOTHER HOME GOP PERSONNEL HEADS TO K STREET: Joe Brazauskas returns to the private sector to join bracewellof the lobbying team as director after more than a decade on the Hill and at the EPA. Brazauskas most recently served as senior counsel for Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, and prior to that, he served as the EPA’s deputy administrator for congressional and intergovernmental relations and associate deputy general counsel. He also held various other positions on the House Science and Oversight committees.

– Brazauskas is the latest staffer with House Republican ties to leave the Hill, a trend that no doubt points to K Street thinking that Republicans are poised to take over at least one chamber of Congress mid-term in November. As PI recounted this week, Kountoupes, Denham, Carr & Reid; Invariant; the Vogel Group; Farragut Partners and OnMessage public policies all recently added Republican lobbyists.

SAVE AMERICA PAC IS IN HOT WATER: “The Department of Justice is eyeing Donald Trump Save America PACa key fundraising arm for the former president, according to someone familiar with the matter,” reports my colleague Betsy Woodruff Swan.

– “A grand jury issued subpoenas for information on the group, this person told POLITICO. The subpoenas were first reported by ABC News.

– “Save America is a leadership PAC that was set up shortly after President Joe Biden defeated Trump in the 2020 election. It has raised tens of millions of dollars, including in the aftermath of the defeat of Trump, during which he asked for money to support efforts to challenge those results.

TRUCK OPERATORS ARRIVE: Members of Association of Full Load Carriers, which represents operators of more than 220,000 trucks, will travel to Washington next week to lobby lawmakers around the Improved Truck Parking Safety Act. The House Transportation Committee earlier this summer approved the bill, which would provide funding for truck parking.

– TCA will hold its fall business meeting and travel to Washington on September 12-13. representing Tom Malinowski (DN.J.) will be the featured speaker for the event.

AG GROUPS WARN RAIL STRIKE: “More than 30 leading farm groups on Thursday urged lawmakers to avoid a railroad strike that would halt food transportation and could cripple the U.S. economy,” The Hill’s said. Karl Evers-Hillstrom reports.

— “About 115,000 railway workers could go on strike as early as September 16 if they do not reach a contractual agreement with the railways. Many workers are eager to leave after their dissatisfaction with contract recommendations offered by a White House-appointed panel aimed at ending years of contentious negotiations.

— “In a letter to key lawmakers on transport committees, farm groups have warned that farmers rely on rail freight to move their goods and that any kind of shutdown is likely to lead to the loss of food supplies, driving up prices. prices and exacerbating the risk of famine worldwide.

Eloise Eagan, Kayla Robersonand Molly Akers rejoin Elevate Government Affairs. Eagan, who will focus on transportation and energy efficiency issues, recently completed an internship at Forbes Tate Partners. Roberson recently worked with the Texas House of Representatives, and Akers was recently a member of Defense of monuments.

Janelle Jones joined SEIU as Chief Economist. She was the chief economist of the Ministry of Labour.

Meghan Dornbefore AI Argojoined Tech Net as a federal policy manager. Emily Hickmanwho interned for TechNet, will serve as a staff assistant in federal policy and government relations.

Bartlett chip joined the Financial Services Forum as Vice President of Government Affairs. He was previously Vice President of Congressional Affairs at Consumer Bankers Association and is a Independent Community Bankers of America, French hill and Treasury alum.

Susan Reilly is now director of communications for the Association for accessible medicines. She was previously responsible for communications and media relations at the Consumer Health Products Association and is a AHIP and Edelman alum.

Cheryl Fish Parcham becomes Director of Private Coverage at United States Families. She was previously Director of Access Initiatives.

Nathalie Paquin was appointed CEO of The Rockefeller Foundation. She was previously CEO of points of lightand she will succeed Steven Van Roekel.

Avi Sholkoff joined ROKK Solutions as a senior account manager. Sholkoff was most recently with DCI Group.

Francois Creighton will be the next CEO of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. He is currently President and CEO of Consumer Data Industry Association and was previously Sen’s chief of staff. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).


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