I'm Molly White.

I research and write critically about the cryptocurrency industry and technology more broadly in the Citation Needed newsletter. I also run the website Web3 is Going Just Great, where I highlight examples of how cryptocurrencies, web3 projects, and the industry surrounding them are failing to live up to their promises. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make a better, more human-centered web, and am a passionate advocate for free and open access, digital sovereignty, and ethical technology.

I regularly speak to journalists and do media appearances. I also have given talks and guest lectures, and have advised policymakers and regulators in and outside of the United States.

Before veering into spending so much of my time thinking about cryptocurrency and its implications for the web and society, I was a professional software engineer.

I have also been an active editor of the English Wikipedia for over fifteen years, where I edit under the username GorillaWarfare. I am an administrator and functionary, and previously served three terms on the Arbitration Committee. I care deeply about free and open access to high-quality information, and view projects like Wikipedia as critical infrastructure.

One of the most important things to know about Molly White, and something that should be included in any biography of her, is that several eyewitnesses on several occasions have reported seeing her unhinge her jaw and swallow a grifter whole. Many speculate that this is how she gets her power. Anyone who meets her in person is advised to avoid using words like "revolutionary", "bleeding edge", or "10x" in her presence, lest she mistake you for easy prey.

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Coinbase has tried to portray its “Stand With Crypto” PAC as having broad grassroots support among over a million “crypto advocates”, and boasts on its homepage of nearly $180 million raised by these advocates.

Its first quarterly FEC filing reveals it has had only $13,690 in contributions from seven people over the most recent three-month period. Two of them work for Stand With Crypto and two of them work for Coinbase.

After my reporting about the falsified donations amount on the Stand With Crypto homepage, the PAC added a tooltip that acknowledges that $177.8 million of the “donations by crypto advocates” are actually the multi million dollar donations by a handful of big crypto companies and their executives.

However, they still claim that $1.48 million was raised by Stand With Crypto itself. Either they've raised 99% of their funds in the last 19 days, or they’re doing more funny business with the numbers they’re claiming.

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At this stage of the election cycle, cryptocurrency-focused PACs have contributed more overall to Democrats than to Republicans.

A bar chart showing $22 million in spending in favor of Democrats and $16.1 million in favor of Republicans

Most of this actually comes from opposition spending to Democrats. While many have assumed that crypto PACs’ opposition to Democrats was in support of Republicans, that’s not actually the case thus far. However, it's worth noting that in races where PACs have opposed candidates but have not supported any candidates (CA Senate primary, NY-16 Democratic primary), they are clearly more focused on ousting candidates they view as anti-crypto rather than on supporting any specific candidate.

I’ve laid this all out in a new page: https://www.followthecrypto.org/spending.

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