For a Uniswap governance proposal to set aside tokens for a new decentralized finance (DeFi) fund for political lobbying, Ethereum solutions provider ConsenSys has pledged support.
Also, for the creation of a fund that would finance existing and new political groups engaged in crypto policy-making and lobbying to defend DeFi against regulation, The proposal was made on May 27 by the Harvard Law School Blockchain and FinTech Initiative.
Governments around the world may try to regulate DeFi without proper education and suggested a fund of 1-1.5 million UNI, according to The Harvard Law BFI proposal. It ledged more than 10 million tokens in support of the idea. The proposal is headed towards a full vote.
Educating lawmakers is of critical importance at this juncture, “particularly as we creep towards true aspirational ‘main street’ use of our technologies”, according to General legal counsel at ConsenSys, Matt Corva.
“In sum, this is a terrific effort and Uniswap taking the first step could break the floodgates of other large treasuries supporting this (or similar) initiatives.”
Calling it “one of the best initiatives to date”, Corva stated that the firm had been engaged in some form of policy and advocacy, either directly or indirectly, since early 2016. He added that the two best uses for community funds in his view were things that drive real-life use of the technology, and simultaneous advocacy.
“Therefore, we will be supporting this and have already communicated to our portfolio companies our wish that they consider doing the same.”
According to the firm’s investment arm Mesh, portfolio companies include crypto lending platform BlockFi, security firm Quantstamp, scaling solutions provider Starkware, and DeFi protocol Compound Finance, which may be able to tip the voting balance.
The DeFi political defense fund will target the Biden administration’s 2020 budget proposal, which includes a potential expansion of crypto asset reporting requirements, among others
The Uniswap governance proposal has been controversial since many disagree that a single organization and a handful of lawyers should decide how to deploy lobbying funds for the rest of the community.
Pseudonymous crypto-influencer DCinvestor remained skeptical, stating that the amount requested was “simply too great”, and it is not consistent with responsible treasury management.