27 Sep '13, 7pm

How one state representative raised $1600 for his campaign — in bitcoins #Bitcoin

When New Hampshire State Rep. Mark Warden last ran for reelection, his campaign staff urged him to try something that few other political candidates have dared to do: accept contributions in bitcoins. It didn't take much convincing. New Hampshire is already a haven for advocates of the virtual currency. Within the first three days, the Republican lawmaker had raised 160 bitcoins, equivalent to about $1,600 at the time. That's not insignificant for a candidate who would go on to collect a total of $11,000 in the 2012 electoral cycle. Other political candidates have also turned to bitcoins as a fundraising option. Jeremy Hansen, a computer science professor who ran for Vermont's State Senate as an independent last year, accepted bitcoin donations, as did Eric Olson, a North Dakota Libertarian who lost his bid for a U.S. House seat. Some of Warden's donations came from surpri...

Full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09...

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