Dapper Labs was the first NFT company federally registered to lobby the U.S. government through a public disclosure Jan 3. This company joins an increasing number of influencers in the crypto industry who have taken to Congress to try to influence new policies.
Dapper Labs is based in Vancouver and offers a range of NFT-based products as well as DApps. There are games such as CryptoKitties where players can raise NFT kittens and Cheeze Wizards where collector characters can compete. Dapper Labs, which is also partnered with NBA, is responsible for Top Shot. This NFT marketplace sells highlights of basketball games. Dapper Labs has also been partnered with the UFC to provide a similar service in near future.
Dapper Labs announced that Crossroads Strategies has been hired by the company as their lobbying agency. According to the company, it will lobby for policy related to NFTs and blockchain. Dapper Labs also hired Alison Kutler, its head of government affairs, back in November 2021. Kutler was the former chief for the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and a special advisor to Chairman of the FCC between June 2015 and April 2017.
According to public disclosures published the day after Dapper Labs officially registered on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Kutler has since registered to lobby for Dapper Labs.
Dapper Labs did not reveal any details about its intentions, but Rachel Rogers, their spokesperson, stated that they want to promote Web3 education and mainstream adoption.
Lobbyists are hopeful about the future of policies, as NFTs have become more prominent in mainstream culture. However, lobbyists as well as policymakers will need to continue to grapple with the impact of blockchain technology on future regulations.