Competition & Regulatory Policy

July 12th, 2023 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – On July 11, a Federal District Court in San Francisco ruled against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s efforts to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, rejecting the regulatory agency’s request to issue an injunction against the deal’s closing, which could occur over the coming days. In her opinion, Judge […]

June 23rd, 2023 by

“Duped,” “Dark Patterns” and Delirium: Khan’s FTC Targets Popular Amazon Prime Service by Raymond J. Keating – It must be exhausting chasing down the business boogeymen at every turn. But never let it be said that Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), isn’t shying away from the challenge. If there’s a small […]

June 21st, 2023 by

Harmful U.S. Tech Platform Bill Reintroduced in U.S. Senate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – Bad policy ideas often get resurrected in Washington, D.C. despite their irrelevance, unpopularity and the harm they will cause. Such is the case with legislation aimed at disrupting the business models of U.S. tech platforms and their widely-used tools, which […]

June 14th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – President Biden and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), under the leadership of Lina Khan, see grave ills from big business, specifically U.S. businesses, and the need for government regulation, everywhere. One of the FTC’s latest targets is cloud computing. Why? Well, there are some large businesses providing services in this […]

May 25th, 2023 by

For Immediate Release Washington, DC – John R. Dearie, president of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, and Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, today issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a record $1.3 billion fine imposed on Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Meta IE) by the Irish Data […]

April 21st, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – As chief of staff to then President-elect Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel infamously declared, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that, it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” While cynical, this turns out to be […]

March 23rd, 2023 by

In a March 23 Op-Ed in Townhall, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews the damage that the Inflation Reduction Act is having on investment and America’s vital bio-pharmaceutical sector. Kerrigan writes that patients who need live-saving drugs and treatments will be the ultimate losers. “The new law’s ‘negotiated’ drug prices – which are […]

March 7th, 2023 by

The Honorable Gina Raimondo Secretary U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20230   Dear Secretary Raimondo: The diverse group of construction and business associations undersigned urge the U.S. Department of Commerce to ensure public investments in the semiconductor industry are not needlessly constrained by anti-competitive and inflationary policies imposed through unlawful […]

March 3rd, 2023 by

In a DC Journal Op-ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews the uncertain state of the economy and how small businesses and average Americans have been pummeled by uncertainty over the past three years. She writes: “Unfortunately, policy ideas that aren’t well thought out only intensify the uncertainty and make it harder to […]

February 24th, 2023 by

Small Business Policy Insider by Raymond J. Keating – Small business owners understand that you can create a truly valuable good or service, but if you don’t invest in making sure potential customers know about it, then your enterprise is doomed. Businesses must advertise to build awareness, drive sales, and to survive. But advertising long […]

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