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DOJ Drops Campaign Finance Charge Against FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried

The Department of Justice (DOJ) drops campaign finance charge against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried citing “treaty obligations” with The Bahamas, while facing scrutiny over alleged violations of campaign finance laws and a request for detention.

Key Points

  • DOJ drops campaign finance charge against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried due to treaty obligations with The Bahamas.
  • Bankman-Fried accused of unlawfully channeling millions to candidates and political action groups, misrepresenting political contributions.
  • Federal prosecutors seek to detain Bankman-Fried over leaked documents and concerns of witness tampering.
  • Legal proceedings continue, with implications for one of America’s biggest political donors.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided not to pursue a campaign finance charge against Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX. This decision comes after discussions with The Bahamas, as the DOJ cited “treaty obligations” as the reason for dropping the charge.

Last year, Bankman-Fried faced multiple charges, including a violation of campaign finance laws. However, his defense team argued that under the U.S. extradition treaty, The Bahamas must consent to these additional charges. As a result, Judge Lewis Kaplan allowed the DOJ to separate the charges and seek clarification from The Bahamas government.

Accusations of Violating Campaign Finance Laws

Bankman-Fried has been accused of unlawfully channeling millions of dollars to candidates and political action groups in violation of campaign finance laws. He contributed over $70 million within 18 months and donated a significant portion to support Democrats and progressive organizations before the 2022 midterm elections.

The indictment alleges that Bankman-Fried misrepresented political contributions funded by his investment firm, Alameda Research, using customer funds. Prosecutors also claim that he made corporate donations to New York candidates and political action committees under a different name.

Review of Bail Conditions and Detention Request

In a last-minute request, federal prosecutors have sought to detain Bankman-Fried, asserting that no conditions other than detention would guarantee public safety. Initially, they aimed to tighten his bail restrictions, specifically prohibiting him from making extrajudicial statements.

The request stemmed from Bankman-Fried’s interactions with a reporter at the New York Times, which included leaked personal writings from Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of FTX’s sister company, Alameda Research. Bankman-Fried and Ellison had previously been in a relationship, and their breakup had repercussions on Ellison’s role at Alameda.


The federal prosecutor accused Bankman-Fried of leaking documents to the media to discredit a witness, raising concerns of witness tampering. Ellison had already admitted guilt for crimes related to the collapse of the exchange and is expected to testify against Bankman-Fried and others.

These recent developments mark an important turn in the legal proceedings against Sam Bankman-Fried. While the campaign finance charge has been dropped due to treaty obligations with The Bahamas, the scrutiny surrounding his alleged violations of campaign finance laws and the request for his detention underline the seriousness of the case. As the judicial process continues, all eyes will be on the outcome of these proceedings and their implications for one of the biggest political donors in American politics.