Kristin Smith, executive director of the Blockchain Association and a board member of HODLpac, discusses how advocating for crypto will change under what is likely to be a new presidential administration. In this episode she talks about:

  • what crypto advocacy typically entails
  • how the approach will change under a Biden administration compared to what it was under Trump
  • what appointments by Biden could most affect the crypto industry
  • which issues are at the top of the agendas for both the Blockchain Association and HODLpac
  • why regulators are particularly interested in stablecoins
  • how a potentially Democratic-controlled Senate under a Biden administration might affect crypto
  • what she’s watching for from Cynthia Lummis, a Bitcoiner who won her Wyoming Senate race
  • how anti-trust sentiment in Congress could affect crypto, and whether legislators see Web3 as an antidote to monopoly problems
  • the divisions within the crypto industry around how to approach regulators, and how to resolve them
  • the potential for a de minimis tax exemption, in light of PayPal integrating cryptocurrencies
  • and how HODLpac used quadratic voting to decide which candidates to support


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Episode links:

Kristin Smith:

Blockchain Association:


Interview with acting Comptroller of the Currency, Brian Brooks:

Likely second runoff election in Georgia to determine control of Senate:

Cynthia Lummis to become first US Senator who is also a Bitcoiner

Brad Sherman wanting to ban cryptocurrency:

Leaked Binance doc about whether Binance.US is a decoy:

More on quadratic voting:

Link to the Crypto News Recap: