Eric Brakey, a libertarian, is now running for U.S. Senate in Maine as a Republican.
Brakey, who has been a long time supporter of cryptocurrency, is currently accepting donations to his campaign in the form of Bitcoin and possibly other cryptocurrencies via Shapeshift. If elected, he would be joining the ranks of ‘Conservatarians’ like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and would be one of the first candidates to use cryptocurrency to help fund their campaign.
Although Brakey is a relative newcomer to the political realm, it is notable that he has a vast amount of experience in politics. Brakey served as state director of Rand Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign for the state of Maine, he led the Defense of Liberty PAC, which is a Libertarian political action committee, and lastly but certainly not least, he is a state senator of Maine’s 20th District.
In addition to Brakey’s own track record, he has received some high profile endorsements from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), former congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and the National Association for Gun Rights.
During his tenure as a Maine state senator, Brakey proposed that the state create a commission to study the use of blockchain technology in conjunction with paper ballots in order to further secure elections through the use of a blockchain’s open, distributed ledger.
In short, there is an increasing number of political hopefuls that are looking toward Bitcoin as an alternative source of funding their campaigns; including Mr. Brakey, a long-time blockchain supporter. It likely shows that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift, if even our politicians are starting to use Bitcoin as a source of funding. Although it is not often that advocates of blockchain technology take a position in government, each time they do, the technology becomes more mainstream.