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John Berlau


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John Berlau is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.

John Berlau is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.

Berlau has written about the impact of public policy on entrepreneurship and the investing public for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Investor's Business Daily, National Journal, National Review, American Spectator, and Reason. He has been cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg, andFinancial Times. He is a frequent guest on many radio and television programs including CNBC's "The Call," "Power Lunch" and "Closing Bell," Fox News' "Fox & Friends" and "Your World with Neil Cavuto," and Fox Business' "Cavuto" and "Willis Report."

Berlau has testified on the impact of financial regulation before the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. A recognized expert on the phenomenon of crowdfunding, Berlau has keynoted prominent conferences such as the CFGE Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit in San Francisco and the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) Summit in Washington, D.C. He is also a contributing editor of CrowdFund Beat, and author of the widely cited paper “Declaration of Crowdfunding Independence: Finance of the People, by the People, and for the People.”

Before joining CEI, Berlau was an award-winning financial and political journalist. He served as Washington correspondent for Investor's Business Daily and as a staff writer for Insight magazine, published by The Washington Times. In 2002, he received Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism from Washington's National Press Club. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2003.

He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994 with degrees in journalism and economics.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 2, 2014
By John Berlau
At the beginning of 2014, Detroit may be bankrupt, but they’re cheering the five-year-old U.S. auto bailout in Italy. That’s because after being the beneficiary of billions in U.S.
December 13, 2013
By John Berlau
On a snowy day in Washington, several federal agencies packed some mean regulatory snowballs that will most likely overshoot their supposed destination of Wall Street and land with a thud on the businesses and investors of Main Street.
November 8, 2013
By John Berlau
The headline read that the company's initial public offering price is "high," and "so is its valuation." The accompanying story explained that the latest tech sensation had yet to show a profit, and had in fact been losing millions per year.
October 9, 2013
By John Berlau
Almost two years ago, I wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Making It Legal to Tweet for Investors.
July 22, 2011
By John Berlau
At a press confrence at the Baltimore Orioles' Camden Yards Stadium one morning in early June, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Ann Brown warned of injuries to children playing baseball and showcased new protective equipment such as
December 23, 2009
By John Berlau
If you want to see how Obamacare will hit you and your family in the wallet, look no further than the inside of your medicine cabinet.
September 16, 2002
By John Berlau
August 12, 2002
By John Berlau

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