When Christopher Cox took office as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission a year ago, investor advocates took note of his firm business ties, fearing he would undo many of the regulations that were put in place during the active crackdown on fraud throughout William Donaldson's watch.

Instead, Cox has cultivated relationships with state regulators, the Consumer Federation of America and business leaders, The Washington Post reports. As Cox himself puts it, "We're trying to go right down the center lane."

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