CEI Today: Crowdfunding rules, Dodd-Frank diversity quotas, WV chemical spill, and more

Monday, February 10, 2014
In the News Today


Proposed SEC Rules on Crowdfunding Threaten Access to Capital By Locking Out Ordinary Investors

Last week marked the deadline for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to accept public comments on proposed regulations to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. In submitted comments, Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow
John Berlau argues these proposed rules could result in “costly, paternalistic requirements on crowdfunding that have the effect of keeping the status quo and locking ordinary investors out of startup capital.” > Read more

> Interview John Berlau


Dodd-Frank “Diversity” Hiring Quotas Unconstitutional

The Dodd-Frank Act regulates the financial sector, but what many people do not know is how far its regulations go in mandating racial and gender hiring practices. This Friday, February 7, marks the deadline for public comment on recently proposed regulations to extend the reach of those requirements. Legal scholar Hans Bader at the Competitive Enterprise Institute challenges the policy proposal’s constitutionality as it pressures banks to involuntarily institute “diversity quotas." > Read more


> Interview Hans Bader


Openmarket.org: More Regulation Is Not the Answer to West Virginia Chemical Spill

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia has green groups clamoring for more regulation, including expansion of Environmental Protection Agency power under the Toxic Substances Control Act. However, regulation is not a magic wand that will fix such problems, which resulted from human error and failed implementation of regulations and programs already on the books.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini


Openmarket.org: Deadweight Cost of Regulation

Deadweight costs of budget regulations comprise a potentially significant category of government induced cost that doesn’t get addressed, even in surveys that find the cost of government to be already substantial. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews




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