Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

The Bitcoin Foundation has appointed lobbying company Thorsen French Advocacy on a retained basis to help press its interests in Washington DC.

Bitcoin: Lobbying Washington
Bitcoin: Lobbying Washington

Thorsen French, led by Alec French and Carl Thorsen, specialises in representation of clients on Capitol Hill and has been tasked with introducing software-based payment system Bitcoin and the Bitcoin Foundation to key lawmakers and staff.

A statement on the Bitcoin Foundation website says the brief will focus on explaining the benefits Bitcoin offers for global financial inclusion, consumer privacy, monetary stability and human liberty.

French formerly served as Democratic House Judiciary Committee counsel and has a background in technology policy issues.

Thorsen was general counsel to the House majority leader and a Justice Department official during the Bush administration.

They will report to Bitcoin Foundation’s global policy counsel Jim Harper, who said: "The lawmakers and regulators who have studied Bitcoin take the sensible position that government should seek its benefits and mitigate its risks.

"We’re carrying this message to Capitol Hill so the Bitcoin community can focus on building tools and services that enrich and improve people’s lives around the world."

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