Michael Plunkett

Michael Plunkett

Blank Rome LLP

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Is SEC Regulation of Political Spending Dead?

It is unlikely that it is dead, but it certainly is on life support. But, I believe that board oversight, and disclosure, of corporate political expenditures will continue to increase. In 2011, the Committee of...more

3/9/2015 - Political Contributions Public Disclosure Publicly-Traded Companies Rulemaking Process SEC

Is the SEC Doing Enough to Promote Capital Formation?

If you believe Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher, the answer is an emphatic “no”, at least with respect to small businesses. On September 17, 2014, at a Heritage Foundation event, Commission Gallagher gave a speech criticizing...more

9/25/2014 - Blue Sky Laws Capital Formation JOBS Act Proposed Amendments Regulation D Rulemaking Process SEC Small Business

Friday Afternoon Smackdown – The SEC v. The House Of Representatives

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an action against the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives and congressional staffer Brian Sutter seeking enforcement of...more

6/30/2014 - CMS Disclosure Enforcement Enforcement Actions Insider Trading Legislative Committees Medicare Public Disclosure Reimbursements SEC STOCK Act Subpoenas Ways and Means Committee

Investing in Bitcoin? Think Twice Says the SEC.

Bitcoin has been in the news a lot recently and most of the news has been bad, including news of the bankruptcy of Mt. Gox, formerly one of the world’s largest Bitcoin exchanges. Most recently, on May 7, 2014, the SEC issued...more

5/13/2014 - Bitcoin Final Guidance Fraud Investors Mt.Gox Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

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