By Hannah Perez
The Republican politician spent between $15,000 and $50,000 on a Bitcoin purchase in late January amid the price correction.
Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, the Republican Senator from the US state of Texas, took advantage of the recent price drop seen in the digital currency market to acquire some Bitcoin (BTC).
According to new financial disclosures from the United States Senate, Cruz made a Bitcoin purchase in late January, as the price of the leading cryptocurrency slipped below $40,000. The filing, dated February 4, shows that the senator acquired between $15,000 and $50,000 worth of BTC on January 25, via the River platform.
According to data from CoinMarketCap , on the day of purchase, the price of the digital asset was between $36,000 and $37,000 . The reversal came amid a steep bear market that saw Bitcoin tumble from a high near $70,000 in November 2021, to trade below $33,000 in January this year.
However, in the last few hours, Bitcoin has shot up to retake the $40,000 barrier. Assuming the Texas senator hasn't yet sold his bitcoins , or incurred short-term capital gains taxes, his investment would be earning him between $2,000 and $6,900, now that BTC is trading around $41,500. .
Cruz is consistent with his comments
Cruz's buying actions echo some of his statements in recent months in defense of cryptocurrencies. During 2021, the Canadian-born politician spoke out several times in favor of Bitcoin and the digital currency industry.
In August, he sharply criticized a controversial provision included in the Biden administration's Infrastructure Act that would impose stricter tax reporting rules on crypto brokers. Cruz, who introduced an amendment to remove the provision, alleged that the legislative plan could curb the emerging cryptocurrency industry in the country and “inflict billions of dollars in damage.”
The senator had already publicly defended the crypto ecosystem in August, during a television interview on FoxNews . “ I think [Bitcoin] has a lot of potential. I think we're seeing tremendous growth in him," Cruz said. He added that he sees inflation as “ part ” of the reason why people are turning to cryptocurrency more and more.
The Republican also recently introduced a resolution calling for merchants at the US Capitol to accept cryptocurrency payments. Meanwhile, the state of Texas has been positioning itself as a crypto-friendly region for the sector. Last year, a law was passed in the state that recognizes the legality of digital currencies. At the same time, Texas has become an attractive hub for Bitcoin miners in the wake of the exodus from China.
Cruz has not made any public comments about his investment in Bitcoin , and it is unclear if this is his first crypto acquisition.
The truth is that Cruz is not the only American politician who has revealed holdings in digital assets or related actions. Members of Congress, including Democrats Jake Auchinloss of Massachusetts and Marie Newman of Illinois, and Republicans Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Barry Moore of Alabama, have also made similar moves.
Sources: The Block, Cointelegraph, archive
Article by Hannah Estefanía Pérez / DiarioBitcoin
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