New bill could finally fix crowdfunding — if the sausage stuffers don’t get to it!


sausage-v.SMPeople say that Washington, D.C. is where the sausage gets made because incentives, interests, and compromises worm their way into bills as they go through Congress.

A bill that is submitted to the U.S. House by one or more representatives must gain the support of a committee before it moves to the full house for a vote. On average, less than 1% of all bills that are submitted for consideration actually reach the President’s desk for signature. Amazingly, equity and debt crowdfunding was one of those bills. Even though what was signed into law was not perfect, it is a workable solution and Congress should be congratulated for seeing the opportunity in crowdfunding for American entrepreneurship.

In the proposed rules, the SEC ran a cost benefit analysis of the crowdfunding legislation. (You can see our take on it in this VentureBeat piece: It might cost you $39K to crowdfund $100K under the SEC’s new rules). These costs were the impetus for a legislative fix on Capitol Hill — and that bill has entered into committee.

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