28 Jul '14, 10am

California Lawyer is Latest Congressional Candidate to Accept Bitcoin

California Lawyer is Latest Congressional Candidate to Accept Bitcoin

Christina Gagnier is the latest US congressional candidate to accept campaign donations in bitcoin. The Democrat representing California’s 35th congressional district is a business owner and lawyer who specializes in technology and, more specifically, the Internet. Gagnier said that several of her constituents had asked if she would begin accepting bitcoin donations, and when guidance issued by the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) in May allowed her to, she embraced the idea. She told CoinDesk: “My campaign is particularly focused on meeting voters where they are at, whether that’s showing up on their doorstep to see how I can help or accepting a currency like bitcoin as a way to engage someone in the campaign.” Gagnier has partnered with Coinbase to begin the initiative. Innovation vs regulation Gagnier acknowledged that politicians who speak publicly about their positiv...

Full article: http://www.coindesk.com/california-lawyer-latest-congress...

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