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Cantor slammed for ‘neutering’ the STOCK Act

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posted on Feb, 9 2012 @ 03:42 PM
Cantor slammed for ‘neutering’ the STOCK Act

The STOCK Act - sounds like a great idea right? To stop lawmakers from using insider information they learn in the performance of their government duties to profit from illegal trading - just got re-written by Eric Cantor to the point it's now completely worthless.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) faced criticism on Wednesday for introducing a version of the STOCK Act which many said had severely weakened the legislation. This guy is the most hypocritical shill currently in Washington.

“Rep. Cantor has opposed the STOCK Act from the start and his bill reflects that,” said Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). “The majority leader is talking out of both sides of his mouth. He is trying to take credit for finally responding to an issue that has outraged Americans, while behind closed doors he has taken the side of Wall Street and neutered the tough Senate bill.”

STOCK Act Passes: House Votes For Weakened Insider Trading Bill

But the House bill cut a provision that was in the Senate version requiring people who collect and trade so-called political intelligence -- information from government that can move markets and stock prices -- to register just like lobbyists if they want to talk with covered officials in Congress and the executive branch so that the public knows who they are and what they're doing.

It also cut a provision that cracks down on officials guilty of taking actions on the job to benefit themselves.

Republican sponsors of those provisions in the Senate -- especially Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) -- were highly critical of the changes, with Grassley calling them "astonishing and extremely disappointing."

Guess it was too much to expect from Eric Cantor and his insider cronies, to abide by the law like all us little people.

posted on Feb, 9 2012 @ 04:43 PM
I read a similar article earlier today.
I am embarrassed to say he represents my state - Virginia.

Way to cover your assets Cantor

posted on Feb, 9 2012 @ 05:01 PM
Yeah, Wallstreet owns both parties. The lack of prosecution of Jon Corzine and MF Global alond with this are just two examples of the corruption that infests both sides of US politics.

posted on Feb, 10 2012 @ 11:24 AM
The whole point of the STOCK Act is to prevent this from happening;

Rep. Bachus faces insider trading probe: report

(Reuters) - The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Spencer Bachus, which oversees the U.S. banking and financial services industries, is under investigation for possible violation of insider trading laws, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The Office of Congressional Ethics began investigating Bachus, an Alabama Republican, late last year after focusing on a number of suspicious trades on his annual financial disclosure form, the Post reported, citing sources familiar with the case.

Dropping the key provisions from the STOCK Act that make it work shows Congress doesn't really want to clean up it's act.

posted on Feb, 10 2012 @ 01:50 PM
It's just like the foreclosure fraud watered down crack down/'s amazing how stupid they think we are. Now they can say they've heard our protests and fixed it all.

posted on Feb, 20 2012 @ 06:11 PM
This was Eric Cantor and the GOP folding to the "Political Intelligence Industry"; they have absolutely no credibility any more after this fiasco. Even members of his own party that worked hard to get this passed are accusing him of selling out.

Political-Intel Industry Sees New Threat in Stock Act

The political-intelligence industry won big last week when Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking House Republican, eliminated a provision of the Stock Act that would have likely required firms to disclose their names, the names of their clients and their fees — same as lobbyists.

The WSJ’s Brody Mullins and Andrew Ackermann report that the industry may have a much larger problem on its hands:

The new concern of the political-intelligence industry stems from the legislation giving lawmakers an explicit “duty” not to act on nonpublic, material information. Prior to the legislation, many securities lawyers thought it was unclear if such a duty — a key tenet of insider-trading law — existed on Capitol Hill.

In establishing that legal duty, however, the legislation also could put lawmakers and aides in legal jeopardy if they divulge that same information to individuals who then trade on the information. “Now that Congress is covered by the insider-trading law, if a member of Congress gives a tip to a hedge fund manager, that is going to be illegal,” says Stephen Bainbridge, a securities-law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

posted on Feb, 20 2012 @ 06:17 PM
Cantor is a Republican so it shouldn't come as any real surprise, just look
at everything else he believes.

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