Trump Campaign Adopts Bitcoin, ETH, XRP, Dogecoin, SHIB For Election War Chest

Former US President Donald J. Trump has announced that his campaign will accept donations in Bitcoin and various cryptocurrencies, marking a significant milestone as the first major party Presidential nominee to employ this strategy for fundraising. The announcement came via an official campaign press release.

The Trump campaign’s new fundraising initiative integrates the use of popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Dogecoin (DOGE), and Shiba Inu (SHIB). These can now be donated through Coinbase Commerce, a service that allows merchants to accept multiple cryptocurrencies directly into a user-controlled wallet.

Trump now accepts crypto.

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Trump Goes All In On Bitcoin And Crypto

According to the campaign’s press release, the move adds “to President Trump’s already groundbreaking digital fundraising operation [and] marks the first time a major party Presidential nominee has embraced cryptocurrency for donations.” This initiative is not just a broadening of the campaign’s digital fundraising operation but also a strong political statement in favor of Bitcoin and crypto’s role in enhancing financial freedom and innovation.

The campaign contrasts its embrace of cryptocurrency with the positions of key Democratic opponents, particularly President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who have expressed significant skepticism towards the utility and regulation of digital currencies. The press release specifically calls out Senator Warren’s efforts to curtail the crypto sector, which she has often described as a ‘shadowy system’ that needs more stringent regulation.

“Biden surrogate Elizabeth Warren said in an attack on cryptocurrency that she was building an ‘anti-crypto army’ to restrict Americans’ right to make their own financial choices. MAGA supporters, now with a new cryptocurrency option, will build a crypto army moving the campaign to victory on November 5th!,” the press release states.

David Bailey, the CEO of Bitcoin Magazine, who developed the Bitcoin agenda with the Trump campaign, commented via X, highlighting the significance of this move: “Only the start of the Trump news.”

He added, “Max the individual contribution to Trump, make sure to pay in bitcoin or crypto. We have his attention right now. Many decisions are being made. We want to validate this move with impressive numbers and keep him moving… Everything is on the table right now. 3,000 people max out their individual contribution over the next 48 hrs (adds up to ~$10m) Trump is going to be blown away.”

The Trump campaign has clarified that all crypto contributions will adhere strictly to Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations. These donations will be reported as in-kind contributions, similar to gifts of stock, providing a transparent framework for how these funds will be accounted for. Donors are directed to a specific page on Trump’s official campaign website where they can complete their transactions through Coinbase Commerce, choosing from a wide range of crypto options.

This strategic move comes at a critical time as Trump’s campaign finances have shown robust growth, even outpacing President Biden in April fundraising totals, according to reports. However, Biden’s campaign still maintains a larger reserve of cash on hand. By opening up the campaign to crypto donations, Trump is not only diversifying his fundraising options, but potentially tapping into crypto voters who are single-issue voters.

While the Trump campaign claims to be the first major party nominee to accept cryptocurrencies, it’s important to note that other political figures have also engaged with crypto. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., running an independent presidential campaign, and Senator Rand Paul in his 2015 presidential campaign, both accepted Bitcoin. However, the scope and variety of cryptocurrencies now accepted by the Trump campaign set a new precedent in terms of the breadth of digital assets involved.

At press time, BTC traded at $69,617.