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January 25, 2023

Report: The SEC Has an Excellent Record Reining in The Lawless Crypto Industry Contrary to Industry and Partisan Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Dennis M. Kelleher, President and CEO of Better Markets, released the following statement in connection with the release of a report entitled “The SEC’s Excellent Record on Crypto: Regulation and Enforcement”:

“The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been subject to withering and relentless criticism—often hypocritical—from the crypto industry and its many allies, particularly in Congress but also in the media.  That criticism has largely been fact free and baseless, ignoring if not lying about the SEC’s mission, practices, constraints, and multi-part strategy to uphold the rule of law.  The Report we are releasing today details the facts of what the SEC has actually done and why it has been as effective as possible under the circumstances.

“The attacks on the SEC are remarkable given it is merely trying to get the crypto industry to comply with laws and rules that all other law-abiding companies in the U.S. already comply with.  Those laws and rules require customer, investor and financial stability protections which form the foundation of the U.S. capital markets and securities industry.  That’s what engenders investors’ trust and confidence in U.S. markets and why they are the broadest, deepest, most liquid, and desirable capital markets in the world.  That facilitates capital and business formation which fuels the U.S. economy, jobs, growth and standard of living.

“That’s why the sale and trading of unregistered securities without customer, investor and financial stability protections is illegal and why the SEC is mandated to stop it.  Unfortunately, the crypto industry has knowingly chosen to break the law as a business strategy and to fight the SEC with a ferocity that is unusual if not unprecedented.  The meritless attacks by the industry’s allies have only compounded those difficulties.  That has dramatically increased the time and resources the SEC has had to devote to regulating and policing crypto, which is happening at a time when the SEC’s funding is inadequate, with staffing levels today at or below 2016 levels.

“Nevertheless, the SEC has an excellent track record on regulating and enforcing the law on the crypto industry.  For those interested in stopping the crypto crime wave, rather than pushing crypto-friendly legislation, they should surge resources to the SEC and adequately fund its important mission to protect investors and markets.”

The Report is available here.


Better Markets is a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization founded in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to promote the public interest in the financial markets, support the financial reform of Wall Street and make our financial system work for all Americans again. Better Markets works with allies—including many in finance—to promote pro-market, pro-business and pro-growth policies that help build a stronger, safer financial system that protects and promotes Americans’ jobs, savings, retirements and more. To learn more, visit


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