Financial regulation in the United States, meant to keep our bank accounts and investment safe from fraud and theft, has become an institution for social control by ideologically motivated politicians, bureaucrats, and activists.

A policy agenda that could never have passed an honest vote in Congress is filtering its way into our economic institutions and our daily lives via back-door rulemaking. The federal government has now decided that before you get to have a bank account, operate a public company, or apply for government contracts, you’ll need to pass a left-wing litmus test that determines if you’re progressive enough.

Joe Biden’s White House, Gary Gensler’s SEC, and even Elizabeth Warren’s “anti-crypto army” have decided that financial transactions are for the privileged class, not everyday Americans.

You’re invited to join CEI for a lunch briefing where we’ll review these threats and offer strategies for fighting back.

Please join CEI for a Capitol Hill lunch briefing on the weaponization of financial regulation featuring CEI Senior Fellows Richard Morrison and Iain Murray, Cato Institute Policy Analyst Nicholas Anthony, and the Satoshi Action Fund’s Policy Director, Eric Peterson.

When: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Where: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building — the House Small Business Committee’s main hearing room.


Chick-fil-A lunch will be provided to guests. Seating is limited. Please RSVP now to secure your spot.

For the purposes of congressional ethics rules, this is a widely attended event.

Nicholas Anthony is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives and a fellow at the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). Anthony’s research covers a wide range of topics within the field of monetary and financial economics, including central bank digital currency (CBDC), financial privacy, cryptocurrency, and the use of money in society. Anthony is the author of Digital Currency or Digital Control? Decoding CBDC and the Future of Money and his work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Business Insider, and numerous other outlets. Anthony has testified before Congress and maintains the HRF CBDC Tracker, which documents CBDC development and civil liberties concerns worldwide. Originally from Baltimore, Anthony received a BS in economics and business administration from Towson University and an MA in economics from George Mason University.

Richard Morrison is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where his work focuses on the relationship between economic and political freedom. He has been widely cited for his research on corporate governance and finance regulation, in particular environmental, social, and governance (ESG) theory. He is also the host of the Free the Economy podcast. He was previously a senior editor at CEI and managing editor of the blog OpenMarket. He also served as the program manager of CEI’s Center for Advancing Capitalism, where he coordinated outreach to the business community, universities, and other key allies. Before re-joining CEI in 2014, he was communications manager at the Tax Foundation, where he was also the host and producer of the weekly Tax Policy Podcast. Before that, he served as CEI’s director of media relations and new media between 1999 and 2010, during which he hosted the podcast Liberty Week. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Claremont McKenna College.

Eric Peterson is the policy director for Satoshi Action Fund, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates on behalf of digital assets like Bitcoin. Through their work, multiple state level bills about this topic have been signed into law.  Prior to his work at Satoshi Action, Eric worked at both the Pelican Institute in Louisiana and Americans for Prosperity.

Iain Murray is vice president of strategy and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He also directs the Center for Economic Freedom. He is the author of the best-selling books, “The Really Inconvenient Truths” and “Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You.” He has written extensively on free markets and the environment, labor policy, finance, the EU, and trade. Before coming to CEI, Iain was Director of Research at the Statistical Assessment Service. A former civil servant in the United Kingdom, Iain immigrated to the U.S. in 1997 and remains a British citizen. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of London and a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford.

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