Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (aka “RFK Jr.”), a 2024 U.S. Presidential Candidate, has declared his campaign’s acceptance of Bitcoin donations through the Lightning Network, marking a groundbreaking moment in the history of presidential campaigns.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., known for his advocacy of Bitcoin and its decentralized potential, has announced a significant move in his 2024 U.S. presidential campaign. Born into the distinguished Kennedy family, RFK Jr. has built a notable career in environmental law and advocacy, despite his controversial views on health-related topics causing some political challenges.
As CryptoGlobe reported earlier this month, on May 5, 2023, RFK Jr. expressed concerns via a series of tweets about the potential impact of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) on individual freedoms, democracy, and financial privacy. His opposition to CBDCs is rooted in his belief that they could potentially control individuals’ financial lives, especially regarding political dissent. This belief was underscored by instances of private companies like PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard taking measures against individuals or organizations due to political pressures or fears of a regulatory backlash.
On May 19, 2023, during his speech at the Bitcoin 2023 conference in Miami, RFK Jr. announced that his campaign would be the first in presidential history to accept Bitcoin donations through the Lightning Network:
“Our campaign will be the first presidential campaign in history to accept Bitcoin donations through the Lightning Network. And today, we move one step closer to the future. Today we show the world the power, the durability, and the flexibility of Bitcoin.“
Below is a screenshot from his campaign website: