Is South Korea’s Election Campaign Finance going Crypto in 2022?
Lee Jae-myung, who is nominated by South Korea’s ruling party to run in the spring elections, plans to raise funds using cryptocurrencies and promise his supporters a non-fungible token. During his campaign, he hopes that the initiative will attract young Koreans with an increasing interest in digital assets.
Ruling Party of South Korea to Collect Crypto Funds for Presidential Bid
The Democratic Party of Korea, the country’s leading political force, is going to raise election funds through cryptocurrency and issue receipts to donors in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Korean media reported on Sunday. The money will be used to finance the campaign of the party’s presidential nominee, Lee Jae-myung.
Bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), and up to three other cryptocurrencies are now under consideration. The final list of coins to be accepted will be announced in mid-January, the committee managing Lee’s run unveiled, quoted by the Korean Herald and the Yonhap news agency.
The NFTs will feature photos of the candidate and his election pledges to those who donate to the fundraising campaign for the presidential vote on March 9. The tokens are expected to serve as a new medium for communication with younger voters, especially the generation of digital natives. Campaign official Kim Nam-kook elaborated:
As the young generation in their 20s and 30s are interested in emerging technologies, including virtual assets, NFTs and the metaverse, this type of fundraising could appeal to them.
The reports note that the Democratic Party has been exploring ways to accept cryptocurrency donations and issue NFT receipts to highlight its bet on technology and attract millennial voters. Lee Kwang-jae, who heads the committee on future economy in the campaign team, said that the DP was told by the National Election Commission that it doesn’t violate any election laws by accepting crypto.
On Thursday, the lawmaker announced he will himself start to take digital coins from supporters. “With politics, we should break the regulations and foster new industries such as metaverse and NFT and give hope to the young people,” Lee Kwang-jae insisted.
Party officials claim that if Lee Jae-myung’s initiative is successful, he will become the world’s first candidate to issue NFTs as part of efforts to finance a presidential bid. The non-fungible tokens, representing political memorabilia, could also hold future value and serve as an investment for the donors. The donated digital money will be converted into Korean won through a crypto exchange and then deposited into the campaign’s account.
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