Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of the FTX exchange, donated $ 5.2 million for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. A substantial donation which places him in 17th place among the most important contributors to the campaign.
FTX energized Joe Biden’s campaign
According to OpenSecrets.org , an independent research group that tracks financial flows in American politics, the founder of the FTX platform , Sam Bankman-Fried , has donated $ 5.2 million to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign , recently elected 46th President of the United States.
The importance of this donation places FTX in 17th place among the most important contributors to the campaign, not far from Google (Alphabet Inc.) with $ 6.4 million .
In addition, Sam Bankman-Fried is the 2nd most generous CEO for the Joe Biden campaign , after Michael Bloomberg , co-founder of the eponymous financial group, which made the largest donation with $ 57.5 million .
In total, the contributions received by the campaign of Joe Biden accumulate $ 1.3 billion against 863.5 million for Donal Trump .
Opensecret.org specifies that the donations it identifies “come from political action committees, their members, employees or individual owners; and the immediate family of these people. “
Sam Bankman-Fried told The Block outlet that his donation was made through Alameda Research , the parent company of FTX.
An exchange anchored in politics for a long time
In addition to the involvement of its CEO, the FTX platform has been incorporating policy in its markets for some time. Last February, FTX surprised everyone by setting up futures contracts to bet on the re-election of Donald Trump .
Dubbed TRUMP-2020 (TRUMP), the futures contract for this one-of-a-kind token expired at $ 1 if Donald Trump won the 2020 US presidential election, and $ 0 otherwise .
Likewise, futures contracts for other White House candidates had been introduced by FTX, including Joe Biden, Bernier Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren.
As the American vote count was in full swing, the TRUMP and BIDEN token markets were subject to unprecedented volatility .
On the following capture taken when Donald Trump seemed to catch up with Joe Biden in his conquest of the voters, the trend was reversed in a few hours:
This flippening of the TRUMP and BIDEN tokens did not last long, Joe Biden having regained the advantage over the outgoing president in the hours that followed.
Joe Biden having recently been elected 46th President of the United States, his associate token’s futures contract expired at $ 1, to the delight of those who bet on his victory. On the other hand, the Donal Trump victory affiliate futures contract expired at $ 0 , draining all funds from its holders.
For those with a taste for risk, FTX has set up – after giving in under pressure from part of its community – a new futures contract, the TRUMPFEB. In the same vein as its predecessors, the TRUMPFEB will expire at $ 1 if, by February 1, 2021, Donald Trump is unambiguously re-elected as president.
With the handover between the two men taking place on January 21, 2021, some traders believe that everything can still switch between today and that date. Suffice to say that the probability is very low, despite the many accusations made by Donal Trump against Joe Biden and the conduct of the election.