In brief

  • The sale of 10,000 cartoon lobster NFTs raised $4 million for crypto lobbying efforts.
  • Following the outcome of a DAO poll, Washington’s Coin Center has been named as the principal recipient of the funds.

A DAO has unanimously voted to donate the $4 million in crypto it raised through the sale of 10,000 "Lobby Lobster" NFTs to Washington crypto lobbying group Coin Center. 

The sale, which took place on August 5, sold out in less than one hour and raised 1,000 ETH (around $4 million at the time) for crypto lobbyists trying to get regulators off the back of the decentralized finance (DeFi) industry. 

Each lobster NFT sold for 0.1 ETH, worth about $390 at the time. The destination of the proceeds was undecided at the time of the sale, but a DAO poll voted yesterday to give the funds to non-profit research and advocacy organization Coin Center.


When the NFTs are resold on OpenSea, 2.5% goes to OpenSea and the remaining 7.5% goes to other lobbying groups and organizations. The organizations will be decided through monthly polls.  

Tough times ahead for DeFi

The crypto industry is bracing itself for tighter regulatory scrutiny over the coming months. In the middle of August 2021, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said he’s in favor of regulating decentralized finance.

At the start of this month, Gensler addressed the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee and labeled crypto “highly speculative.” Two days later, it emerged that the  SEC launched a probe into decentralized exchange Uniswap.

On Wednesday, the SEC threatened to sue Coinbase if it proceeded with a plan to introduce a lending product that would pay stablecoin owners 4% interest. The threat, which revolved around whether Coinbase’s product constituted a securities offering, prompted a 21-tweet response from Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, who said that there’s been “some really sketchy behavior coming out of the SEC recently.”


Crypto venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz has hired a wave of former Washington officials to help prepare for changing political attitudes towards crypto. This week, the firm welcomed Brian Quintenz—the former Republican commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission—to advise it on policies about crypto investments. 

And earlier this year, Binance.US hired Brian Brooks, a former head of Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under Trump and Coinbase’s former Chief Legal Officer—although his appointment didn’t last long. Brooks resigned three months later, citing “differences over strategic direction.”

It looks like choppy waters ahead for DeFi, but could pumping a load of money into Washington help the sector weather the storm?

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