John Berlau



Oct 9, 2014
When most folks hear the word “crowdfunding,” they think of sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo in which fans can fund a new project and get souvenirs such as T-shirts. These innovations should be applauded, but they only scratch the surface of what crowdfunding can do.


Aug 29, 2014
Whatever Bank of America’s misdeeds, it is certainly not “appropriate” to take from the investors the government itself says were victims to give to homeowners that the government never alleges were defrauded.


Jul 1, 2014
The groundbreaking decision Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Obamacare’s contraception mandate violates the religious freedom of two closely held corporations, will be dissected heavily for days, and studied for weeks, years, and decades.


May 29, 2014
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Big Retail lobby created a dubious driving distraction.


May 16, 2014
Yesterday, after delays and much opposition from many quarters on different grounds, the Johnson-Crapo housing finance overhaul cleared the Senate Banking Committee. The vote was 13-9, much narrower than expected.


May 9, 2014
The April 14 ruling of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that Dodd-Frank’s “conflict minerals” disclosure mandate violates the First Amendment is the first time ever a court has ruled that a provision of Dodd-Frank violates the Constitution.


Apr 15, 2014
As I wrote in 2008, “some of the biggest “housing advocates” also have politics in their portfolios.


Mar 31, 2014
On March 21, a 2-to-1 Democratic panel of judges unanimously overturned district Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 ruling that the Federal Reserve had not made the price controls stemming from Dodd-Frank’s Durbin Amendment draconian enough.

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