Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has a horse in the 2020 political race. That’s Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War combat veteran and anti-war candidate for the Democratic nomination. There’s something else that sets her apart from the rest of the wide Democratic field.
Gabbard is an early adopter of cryptocurrency. She disclosed last August that she had invested between $1,000 and $15,000 in Ethereum and Litecoin. Dorsey has maxed out his political contributions to Gabbard’s campaign, BuzzFeed reported.
Not much is known about Jack Dorsey’s political views. He has said that his father was a “conservative Republican.” His social media platform, however, has come under fire for censoring conservative voices. Critics say Twitter is not evenhanded in the enforcement of its terms of service and suspends conservative accounts for violations that progressive ones are more likely to get away with.
But Dorsey did stick up for Twitter’s conservative employees in an interview last September with NYU’s Jay Rosen for Recode Media. He agreed that Twitter is tilted so far left that it’s “unfair” to his conservative employees:
“We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don’t feel safe to express their opinions at the company. They do feel silenced by just the general swirl of what they perceive to be the broader percentage of leanings within the company, and I don’t think that’s fair or right.”
FEC records for Tulsi NOW reveal that Jack Dorsey maxed out his political contributions to Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign. He gave the maximum $2,800 to Gabbard’s primary campaign fund and another $2,800 to her general election campaign. He also liked several of her tweets in the hours after the first Democratic debate in Miami.
The only other 2020 candidate to receive donations from Jack Dorsey is Andrew Yang. The Twitter CEO gave Yang $1,000 in April. Yang is notably another pro-crypto 2020 presidential candidate.
Jack Dorsey may be best known for founding Twitter, but his Square Payments app has been crucial in mainstreaming cryptocurrency. He’s a bitcoin maximalist who was enamored by Satoshi Nakamoto’s whitepaper and believes bitcoin will be the world reserve currency. Square is hard at work to make that vision a reality.
It appears from his political contributions that Jack Dorsey is a one-issue voter. If you’re okay with crypto, then you’re okay with Jack.
Last modified: August 11, 2020 1:52 PM UTC