In the election cycle just past, then-wunderkind crypto gazillionaire Sam Bankman-Fried and his FTX cronies opened up their wallets and showered candidates with cash in what CoinDesk calls "a monumental influence campaign that crossed party lines." Now that FTX is bankrupt, and SBF's wallet is pretty much vaporized, FTX would like those donations back—to the tune of some $93 million. FTX said on Sunday that it's sending letters to all recipients saying it reserves "the right" to force the return of the donations with interest via court, but it's asking nicely by the end of the month.
Axios notes that Bankman-Fried was the second-largest donor to the Democrats with $37 million, while FTX Digital Markets co-CEO Ryan Salame was the GOP's 10th-largest donor with $19 million. The Guardian reports that while some politicians tried to cleanse their consciences by making matching donations to charities, FTX is looking to recoup investors' losses, and is warning that anything less than the full return of the funds isn't good enough. (Read more FTX stories.)