- Elon Musk hints on his official Twitter account that SBF may have donated more than $1B to the Democratic elections.
- SBF the ex-CEO of FTX confirmed that he has made undisclosed donations to the republican party, and donated the same amount to both parties.
- Republican Senator Ted Cruz also called FTX “a Bernie Maddof style fraud that cost investors Billions”.
Sam Bankman-Fried, the ex-CEO of now-bankrupt exchange FTX and FTX.US, is said to have donated “dark money” to the democratic party. Elon Musk took to Twitter to say that he believes the undisclosed number of democratic party donations probably reached over $1B, whereas only $40M were disclosed.
In a recent interview with crypto journalist Tiffany Fung, SBF stated that he donated to both parties equally.”I donated to both parties. I donated about the same amount to both parties,” Bankman-Fried tells Tiffany Fung on a phone interview.
“All my Republican donations were dark,” he said, referring to political donations that are not publicly disclosed. “The reason was not for regulatory reasons; it’s because reporters freak the fuck out if you donate to Republicans. They’re all super liberal, and I didn’t want to have that fight.”
As SBF admits that some of the donations were not publicly disclosed, it seems likely that more non-publicly disclosed donations to the democratic party.
Undisclosed donations have been made possible by the supreme court’s decision in the Citizen United case, which allows donors to donate anonymously. Since this decision, more than $1bn have poured into federal elections since 2010.
Elon Musk is very vocal on Twitter regarding the SBF case and the FTX bankruptcy scandal. On 13th of November Musk tweeted to hint that SBF is a major donor on the democratic party therefore he believes there will be no investigation by the SEC towards the exchange.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz also called FTX “a Bernie Maddof style fraud that cost investors Billions”.
On December 1st Senate held a hearing to discuss and urge lawmakers to act quicky in installing a regulatory framework for digital assets.The hearing was hosted by the Senate Agriculture Comittee and did not include the main person at the center of this scandal, CEO Sam-Bankman Fried. The person invited to testify was Rostin Banham, the Chairman of Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), agency that regulates the derivate markets. Benham called on immediate oversight of most crypto markets and “comprehensive market regulation.”
Benham’s testimony is controversial as he had a very close working relationship with Bankman-Fried over the last year. The Bill advocated in the hearing was the same one that Bankman-Fried encouraged himself earlier this year which has been questionable.
Denis Keheller, the president of advocacy group Better Markets argued over the influence SBG would have had on the CFTC. It is unclear how much access influence Sam-Bankman Fried may have bought at the agency.
“When something like this happens, typically you have an overreaction of elected officials of the need to crack down on the industry,” he says. “Instead, this hearing is to push a bill that was endorsed and pushed by FTX.”