CCI Announces Gemini To Join Its List Of Crypto-Friendly Firms
The Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI) has announced that Gemini will be joining its list of crypto-friendly firms aimed at supporting lawmakers on related regulation.
It has been reported that the CCI said that effective as of this week Gemini has joined Coinbase, Block, Fidelity Digital Assets, Paradigm, and others in an effort to “help accelerate [the group’s] growth and global leadership,” according to CEO Sheila Warren.
Ji Kim, the Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Gemini, said that the exchange will work with lawmakers and regulators to help further the adoption of crypto worldwide.
However, formed in April 2021 by Coinbase and Square, now Block, the CCI aimed to open a dialogue with governments and regulatory agencies on the benefits of crypto. The group hosted a virtual event in July 2021 on Bitcoin (BTC) adoption called The ₿ Word, featuring speakers including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey.
Warren, the former head of blockchain and distributed ledger technology at the World Economic Forum, assumed the position of CEO at the CCI in February.
The report said that Coinbase has emerged as one of the biggest spenders in the United States lobbying for crypto-friendly legislation in Congress. The exchange increased its lobbying expenditures by more than 460% from 2020 to 2021, from $230,000 to around $1.3 million.
Before joining the CCI, Gemini did not report any spending on lobbying activities in the US in 2020. Public records through the US Senate show the exchange declared $120,000 spent in the third and fourth quarters of 2021 contracted with the Sternhell Group.
Thus, Alex Sternhell, a former senior policy adviser for the Senate Banking Committee, is the principal behind the DC-based public relations firm.