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Crypto lobbying surges in 2023 amidst stablecoin regulation push

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Crypto lobbying surges in 2023 amidst stablecoin regulation push

The cryptocurrency industry saw a significant increase in lobbying efforts in 2023, particularly aimed at influencing stablecoin regulations and legislative outcomes on Capitol Hill.

Stablecoins, a crucial link between the crypto and traditional financial systems, gained significance due to their supposed backing by secure assets like dollars or treasuries. The push for federal regulation highlights the need for legitimacy within the asset class and sets the stage for potential widespread adoption.

The Biden administration, along with both congressional Democrats and Republicans, has prioritized oversight of stablecoins. This bipartisan interest persists despite disagreements on other digital asset issues following the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX empire.

Lobbying efforts intensified, with Tether Operations Ltd. spending $760,000 during the first three quarters of 2023, making it the sixth-highest spender among crypto firms. Coinbase Global, the top spender overall, allocated a portion of its $2 million expenditure to stablecoins.

The House Financial Services Committee emerged as a focal point for the stablecoin debate, with a bill advancing in July. Lobbying on stablecoin legislation saw a significant increase, with 161 reports and a 79% rise from the same period in 2022.

Despite stablecoins being at the forefront, the crypto industry’s lobbying efforts extended beyond, reaching a record $19.3 million in the first three quarters of 2023. The House Financial Services and House Agriculture Committees also progressed bills to clarify regulatory oversight, reflecting a broader industry focus.