TWO FASCINATING WORLDS
CAPITOL MAKEOVER: BITCOIN BRIGADE will venture into two closed, yet intriguing worlds: the rough arena of American political lobbying and the complex world of digital currency.
Exploring the problem... and the solution
The digital currency world is in a panic over recent and likely future moves by the United States Congress to halt the exponential growth of bitcoin, but Andrade was doing something about it – he and a team of diverse currency engineers were planning to storm Washington to prevent Congress from destroying digital currencies. The problem: they don't know how to lobby.
Their solution was to find and convince America's most experienced and notorious lobbyist to train his group about Washington, DC. And who is this? Jack Abramoff.
Guest Mentor, Capital Makeover: Bitcoin Brigade
Jack Abramoff’s roller-coaster life story might as well be a major motion picture. In fact, it is: Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey in the title role. Dubbed on the cover of Time Magazine as the “Man Who Bought Washington”, Abramoff rose to become the nation’s most successful and prominent lobbyist, before becoming enmeshed in the most harrowing political scandal since Watergate.
Abramoff started his political career at Brandeis University as head of the College Republicans. After becoming national chairman of that group, Abramoff was soon named head of President Ronald Reagan’s grassroots lobbying organization on Capitol Hill. He held that position while attending Georgetown Law Center at night, and obtained his JD in 1986. After a detour into motion picture production, Abramoff returned to the nation’s capital to build one of the most successful lobbying practices in history. His win-at-all-costs ethos eventually led to his becoming one of Washington’s most powerful lobbyists, but also to his downfall, and a lengthy term in federal prison for his role in the corrupt system which plagues our politics.
After the scandal, Abramoff dedicated himself to trying to repair the system, and make amends for his role in it. His best-selling book - Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist - is designed to alert our nation about what goes on behind the guarded doors of power in Washington, DC. Abramoff still dabbles in the world of politics, but his efforts are geared on reforming the lobbyist system and advising altruistic causes as they try to navigate the labyrinth of Capital Hill.
Team Leader, AMLBitcoin
Marcus is an entrepreneur from Texas who currently owns a biometrics company. He is a big believer in Bitcoin and Blockchain technology and understands the worldwide need for blockchain technology. Mr. Andrade recently participated in the Dubai Futures Accelerator program when the government of Dubai accounted the need for blockchain technology and passed a 10 year mandate for all government entities to use the technology. Since he believes the United States of America is continuously falling behind when it comes to the emerging technology space, Marcus hopes to one day bring blockchain education to Congress.