Many States Aren’t Waiting for the SEC

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was signed into law in April 2012 and the Securities and Exchange Commission has been developing regulations ever since to implement the law’s provision that would allow companies to raise capital through equity crowdfunding.

Those regulations still have not been finalized.

In contrast, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Alabama and Maine already have laws and regulations that allow crowdfunding within the states. A new law in Washington state awaits the governor’s signature. In Wisconsin, new rules will take effect June 1 and in Indiana, new regulations become official July 1.


A dozen other states are developing crowdfunding regulations. Securities regulators in Texas are ready to announce new crowdfunding regulations, according to local news media. Connecticut has a state-sanctioned study under way.

Two states, New Mexico and Mississippi, have already considered and abandoned crowdfunding legislation.

In fact, while the SEC has sought to locate the delicate balance between making it easier for small companies to raise capital and protecting unaccredited investors, almost half the states in total have moved toward their own intrastate regulations.

“There is a level of frustration out there over the delays by the SEC, and I think the states are simply trying to plug a hole,” said Douglas Ellenoff, a partner with the law firm of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP in New York.


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About Stephen G. Barr, Group Publisher

Author, Syndicated Columnist, Editor In-Chief and Group Publisher at SGB Media Group, a social media marketing firm specializing in digital media content production, publishing, affiliate marketing, public relations and advertising. Over 25 years experience in retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, affiliate marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, non-profit fund raising. Event planning, promotion, production and MC/Host at public events. Author, Editor & Publisher of 35 syndicated, digital publications utilizing multiple digital distribution channels in conjunction with launching and administrating national advertising campaigns for major Fortune 500 advertisers in partnership with Google, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, DoubleClick, LinkShare, PepperJam and other industry leading third party affiliate networks. Product development team member from conception to launch on many websites, tangible goods and organizational structure for start ups. Specialties: Public relations, retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, blogging, email campaigns, affiliate/performance marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, event production & promotion, non-profit fund raising and tasteful, responsible adult content publishing. An internationally recognized and read social media columnist & pundit on The Examiner, Associate Content,, and Technorati and his own affiliated sites.
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