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Democratic PAC to Return $3 Million of FTX’s Political Donations

Negative press surrounding bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has inspired the Democratic Senate Majority PAC to return $3 million in political donations from the company’s executives. 

Those donations include $2 million from FTX’s ex-head of engineering, Nishad Singh, and $1 million from disgraced former boss Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF). 

Returning Tainted Money

As reported by CNBC, a spokesperson for the PAC said the PAC decided to return the funds following “serious allegations against FTX.”

Before returning the money, the PAC is waiting on “proper direction from federal law enforcement officials based on their legal proceedings.”

It wouldn’t be the first Democratic arm to take such action. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have also agreed to pay back their contributions from FTX. Daniel Wessel – spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee – said the group will return $815,000 in donations from Bankman-Fried dating back to 2020, following proper legal guidance. 

SBF is notorious for being the second-largest donor to the Democratic party during this year’s midterm election cycle. By his own account, he also made donations supporting Republican candidates in roughly equal measure – but kept these under the radar for fear of public backlash. 

All of the former billionaire’s donations totaled nearly $40 million. Singh’s totaled $8 million – though the latter has not been charged with any crimes. 

Meanwhile, FTX’s sister trading desk Alameda Research donated $5 million to Future Forward USA – which spent millions on Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential bid. FTX’s bankruptcy lawyer claims that FTX’s assets were comingled with Alameda’s for the purpose of margin trading, where tremendous money was lost. 

Bankman-Fried has been arrested in the Bahamas, and is set to be extradited to the United States. He’s also been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for defrauding investors, while still being investigated by both agencies for potential securities fraud. 

Potential Binance Clawbacks

Politicians aren’t the only ones who may have to pay back their ill-gotten gains from FTX. Binance – which received $2 billion from the company when exiting its FTX equity position last year – may also face clawbacks during the bankruptcy process. 

When asked whether his company could handle such a clawback last week, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was reluctant to provide a clear answer. 

“We’ll let the lawyers handle it. We are financially strong,” he said


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