The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, was signed into law by President Obama on April 5 of 2012. The legislation had previously passed Congress the week prior to the signing with a 73-26 Senate vote and a 380-41 House vote approving the measure. While having many different functions, the one that has captured the most attention is the area surrounding Crowdfunding.
The Act requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt rules to implement a new exemption that will allow for crowdfunding. The initial time frame was for 270 days for review. Issuers that generate any offers or sales of securities purporting to rely on the crowdfunding exemption would be unlawful under the federal securities laws until such date as the regulatory groups have deemed it appropriate.