The co-founders of the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange donated $100,000 to the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo's electoral campaign. After less than a month their exchange was granted with BitLicense.

In April 2018, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, owners of US-based Gemini, $50,000 each one to the electoral campaign of Andrew Cuomo. On 14 May, the exchange received BitLicense from the Financial Services Department of New York (DFS). As a result, Gemini was able to list the Zsash cryptocurrency. The connection between these events were drawn by the New York Post. In June, the brothers Winklevoss made one more donation worth $30,000 to the governor's office.

Andrew Cuomo is the governor of New York since 2011 and plans to run for the next term in November. His electoral campaign has already raised $6 million in six months, while his main opponent, Cynthia Nixon, has been able to attract only $1.6 million since March.

Official representatives of the DFS, Cuomo's electoral headquarters, and the Winklevoss brothers said that there is no connection between donations and licensing.

The BitLicense was introduced in August 2015. After its appearance many cryptocurrency companies had to move from New York. According to Fortune magazine, the application for such a license is worth tens of thousands of dollars.