- Rerunning U.S. Senator Jon Tester, co-sponsor of anti-crypto legislation, faces financial trouble.
- The senator faces backlash from the crypto community after seeking financial aid on social media.
- Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong questions Tester’s stance on crypto.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester, known for his skepticism about cryptocurrencies and his co-sponsorship of anti-crypto legislation, has found himself in a precarious financial situation. Seeking financial aid on social media, however, drew swift backlash from the crypto community.
Tester, who co-sponsored the Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren, has been a vocal critic of the crypto industry. He once boldy stated that cryptocurrencies “don’t pass the smell test” for him.
Tester pointed out that regulating digital assets might inadvertently legitimize them in the eyes of the public. He cautioned:
The problem is that if we regulate it, it may give it the ability that people think it’s real.
Many have criticized the Montana senator for what they see as a contradiction between his stance on crypto and his financial prudence. Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, didn’t mince words when he directly questioned Tester’s stance on crypto.
Interestingly, his opponent in the upcoming elections, Tim Sheehy, who is more crypto-friendly, has gained support. Industry figures like Ryan Selkis, founder of Messari, have encouraged the crypto community to support Sheehy and oppose Tester.
The three-term senator, in his plea for running for reelection, is calling for fundraising with just $8,193 to go to reach their August online goal. However, Tester’s history of hindering innovation in the crypto industry has put him in a tough spot.
Tester’s role in the Senate Banking Committee, which plays a crucial role in shaping financial legislation, has further fueled the debate. Despite claiming to bring a “rural perspective” to protect the interests of small banks and credit unions, Tester’s request for financial aid highlights the divide between his traditional financial views and the rapidly evolving economy.