By Allysia Finley. December 18, 2022. (Wall Street Journal).
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler is trying to spin the FTX blow-up as a cautionary tale about the crypto “wild West.” But where was the SEC sheriff when Sam Bankman-Fried was funneling FTX customers’ funds to his Alameda Research trading house to finance risky bets and a lavish lifestyle?
In September 2021, Mr. Gensler rejected major industry players’ contention that he needed congressional authorization to regulate crypto products. “We have robust authorities at the Securities and Exchange Commission and we’re going to use them,” he told the Washington Post. “We’ll also be the cop on the beat, bringing those enforcement actions.” And the commission has—but not against FTX.