Darren Soto paving the way for Bitcoin donations to campaigns

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The once fringe notion that political candidates would receive campaign donations via Bitcoin or other virtual cryptocurrencies is entering the mainstream.

Kissimmee Democratic U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, as much a centrist Democrat as might be found in Florida — but one whose interest in blockchain technologies runs deep — is welcoming crypto donations to his 2022 election campaign.

He joins a list that started with extreme candidates mostly from the right wing, such as Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Republican congressional candidate Laura Loomer of Lake Worth, along with Libertarians, and some techies, such as Democrat Andrew Yang of New York and Matt West of Oregon.

Soto’s interest rises from his position as a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, a bipartisan group promoting blockchain technologies that led to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies….

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