First U.S. Congresswoman Reveals Holding Cryptocurrency (And It’s Not Bitcoin)
After the US government made federal workers declare cryptocurrency holdings in June this year, filings have begun to emerge about which politicians own which coins.
Filing Reveals Up To $30K Holdings
In a federal disclosure report August 14, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard became the latest national political figure to do so, revealing she bought Ether (ETH) 00 and Litecoin (LTC) 00 in December 2017.
According to the report, the amount Gabbard purchased could lie anywhere between $1,001 and $15,000 for each cryptocurrency.
Her submission also makes no specific reference to the exact date of the transactions, meaning the size of the holdings could vary significantly. In December, both ETH and LTC rose dramatically following Bitcoin’s ascent to its own all-time highs around $20,000.
Highs and lows for ETH and LTC during that month were about $815/ $345 and $445/ $88 respectively, according to data from Coinmarketcap.
One Of Many?
While it appears Gabbard did not buy Bitcoin at the time, opening up exposure to greater losses through the subsequent bear market, other US politicians have been more vocal in their support for the largest cryptocurrency.
According to listings from Coin Dance, a total of eight well-known figures currently accept Bitcoin for their campaigns, these including names such as Jared Polis and Rand Paul, whose advocacy has hit the headlines in the past.
In June, the United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) formally declared that federal employees must make known about their cryptocurrency holdings.
In a legal advisory June 18, the body said it “recognizes that virtual currencies are experiencing a surge in use and access, and as a result, employees who hold virtual currencies are increasingly seeking guidance from their ethics officials concerning their financial disclosure reporting obligations.”
“Virtual currency is an investment asset and, like other property held for investment, it may create a conflict of interest for employees who own it,” it continued, adding officials “should also alert their employees to the potential conflict of interest risk posed by ownership of virtual currency.”
Since the rule change, Congressman Bob Goodlatte has also come clean about his Bitcoin and Ethereum holdings.
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