Barbara Roper, director of investor protection for the Consumer Federation of America, is calling a Wall Street Journal opinion piece claiming she bullied SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro into torpedoing an agency rule to lift the ban on general solicitation and advertising of private securities offerings “absurd.”
The The Journal op-ed, which appeared Wednesday, was titled “Schapiro’s Boss,” and claims that Schapiro was “quaking in fear of liberal lobbyist Barbara Roper,” because Roper sent her an Aug. 7 email threatening to be “quite aggressive in voicing our concerns” if the SEC made it easier to advertise hedge funds and other private placement investing vehicles.
Roper told AdvisorOne in an email message on Thursday that “it’s clearly absurd to suggest that I wield this kind of power. If I did, the SEC would have finalized a fiduciary rule for brokers by now, the derivatives and credit rating agency rule proposals would be much stronger than they are, and the rule proposal they put out on the general solicitation rule would look vastly different than it did.”
Those in support of lifting the ban, Roper (right) said, “needed a boogey man to use in putting pressure on Chairman Schapiro, and I happened to be convenient to hand.”