Biden campaign adviser Keisha Lance Bottoms calls crypto bipartisan issue

Keisha Lance Bottoms, soon to be Joe Biden’s senior campaign adviser, told the media that crypto is a nonpartisan issue.

On June 27, Bottoms told The Hill that crypto is “a nonpolitical and unifying issue that has received bipartisan support,” adding that crypto has attracted attention from voters across the US.

She added that crypto and blockchain are “evolving the financial system,” including by empowering Atlanta’s Black-owned businesses.

She commented on financial inclusion, stating she aims to address issues that “impact communities of color who are disproportionately unbanked and underbanked in America.”

Bottoms called for fair regulation

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) separately reported that Bottoms appeared at Crypto Votes Atlanta, an event hosted by Stand With Crypto, on June 26.

During the event, she emphasized that the crypto industry is asking for regulation that deals with financial products fairly and is “equitable and accessible for communities.”

She continued:

“We want to make sure that the bad actors don’t have a seat at the table because it gives the industry as a whole a bad name.”

Bottoms said she has worked to understand the crypto industry since the cybercrime group Lockbit carried out a ransomware attack on Fulton County in early 2024. She called the incident her first interaction with crypto.

Biden campaign adviser

Bottoms’ statements coincide with reports that she will join Joe Biden’s presidential campaign as a senior adviser, as Ebony reported on June 26.

Bottoms has served on Coinbase’s Global Advisory Council since April. The Hill reported that she would stay in the role after joining the Biden campaign.

Bottoms also served as the Biden administration’s Director of the Office of Public Engagement from July 2022 to 2023 and acted as the President’s Senior Adviser during the same period. She was Atlanta’s mayor from January 2018 to January 2022.

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