At the start of the year, Crypto.com pushed into government lobbying

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Crypto.com, a large cryptocurrency exchange and service provider, began a big lobbying campaign in early 2022.

Crypto.com spent $300,000 on lobbying in Q1 2022, as per lobbying disclosure filings acquired by The Block, placing it one of the top participants in the cryptocurrency lobbying arena. It was the first occasion the corporation disclosed any lobbying activities.

Crypto.com is headquartered in the Cayman Islands, although it operates in the United States via the Delaware-based Foris DAX, Inc. Foris DAX established an internal lobbying effort that generated $130,000 in revenue.

In addition to Hill East Group, Atlas Crossing, S-3 Group, Miller Strategies, and K&L Gates, the company hired teams from Hill East Group, Atlas Crossing, S-3 Group, Miller Strategies, and K&L Gates for contracts totaling $170,000 in Q1. Additionally, Blue Star Strategies and Sidley Austin’s lobbying and advocacy teams registered to lobby for Foris DAX but did not record any actual lobbying expenditures as of the Q1 reporting deadlines.

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The Lobbying Disclosure Act defines lobbying as a limited set of actions that must be disclosed on these reports. As a result, the $300,000 does not represent Crypto.com’s whole government relations or strategic effort.

“We are actively seeking to work with regulators globally as we continue to build our operations and educate policymakers about our company and the category,” a Crypto.com spokeswoman said.

According to Politico’s Caitlin Oprysko, the firm’s government division expects upwards of 40 personnel worldwide by the end of the year.

The business did not disclose the size of the squad. Matt David, the firm’s chief communications officer, is presently led by the team. Madeline Dyer, a former Visa lobbyist, is the company’s current director of government relations and its sole other lobbyist listed on its filings.

According to LinkedIn, the company has also employed Chris Golden in Washington, DC, and George Tucker in London to work on government relations.

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