Message to Congress: The CFPB Has Our Back!
April 11, 2016 – 4:21 pm | Comments Off on Message to Congress: The CFPB Has Our Back!

What made the latest congressional hearings on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau different from other hearings? A delegation of consumer advocates from around the country wearing lime-green t-shirts that said “Stand Up for the CFPB” and “The CFPB Has My Back.” They were there to remind lawmakers that the great majority of Americans, across party lines, don’t just like the idea of such an agency; they also support the major steps it has taken to bring a sense of fair play to the financial marketplace.

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Statement: AFR delivers 75,000+ petition signatures telling Wells Fargo to claw back bonuses
September 27, 2016 – 1:42 pm

Today, Americans for Financial Reform delivered a petition with more than 75,000 signatures calling on Wells Fargo to claw back the compensation of both its CEO John Stumpf and the executive directly responsible for the unit engaged in massive fraud.

AFR Testifies on Importance of the Financial Stability Board and Regulation of Shadow Banking
September 27, 2016 – 9:24 am

“In considering the topic of today’s hearing – the implications of the Financial Stability Board for U.S. growth and competitiveness – I believe the starting point should be the actual powers and responsibilities of the Financial Stability Board (FSB). “

Groups Call for More Robust Documentation Standards to Ensure Debt Collectors Can Prove a Debt Is Owed
September 22, 2016 – 11:08 am

A coalition of 59 national and state organizations, led by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), Consumers Union, Americans for Financial Reform, and the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) …

AFR in the News: Warren Grills Wells Fargo CEO – and Clinton Feels Heat (Daily Beast)
September 22, 2016 – 9:28 am

“Alexis Goldstein of Americans for Financial Reform said Clinton’s use of the term ‘clawback’ is a good sign and that she thinks it may be an endorsement on Clinton’s part of stricter rules regarding executive pay. ‘The amount of the fine by the three regulators, which is $185 million total, should be paid for out of executive bonuses, specifically Stumpf’s and one executive, Carrie Tolstedt,’ Goldstein added.”

Joint Statement: Advocates deliver 350,000+ petition signatures calling for Congressional action on Glass-Steagall
September 21, 2016 – 12:30 pm

“Advocates from Take on Wall Street, an alliance of labor, consumer, community, religious, and netroots organizations, were on Capitol Hill this morning, telling key Congressional leaders to support a new Glass-Steagall Act. The groups delivered a petition with more than 350,000 signatures, calling on House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), as well as Senate Banking Committee chair Richard Shelby and others, to follow through on a policy backed by both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms.”

AFR in the News: How to Make Sure Bad Bankers Are Held Accountable (American Banker)
September 20, 2016 – 10:47 am

“[P]erhaps the most shocking aspect of this story is that no executive under whose watch it occurred has been forced to return any compensation. While over 5,000 front line, mostly customer service employees have been fired, former consumer banking chief Carrie Tolstedt, who oversaw their work, recently retired with a $125 million compensation package. It is unclear if Wells Fargo plans to take back any of this pay package. There is similarly no clear indication that Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf will have to return any of the almost $100 million in bonus pay he received for the years in which the violations were occurring.”

AFR in the News: Why Wells Fargo got away with it for so long (The Hill)
September 20, 2016 – 10:41 am

“How did Wells Fargo get away with it for so long? A big part of the story: Wells Fargo contract provisions blocked consumers from suing the bank in court. It’s past time to prohibit the “ripoff clauses” that prevent consumers from enforcing their most basic legal rights… The problem isn’t just that aggrieved consumers don’t have access to a remedy. Keeping cases out of court means abuses are kept out of the spotlight. That’s exactly what happened with Wells Fargo, and why the abuses could go on so long.”

AFR in the News: Wells Fargo scandal hurts Wall Street’s bonuses battle (Denver Post)
September 17, 2016 – 10:42 pm

“If the regulators finish the rule soon, the Wells Fargo incident will be fresh in their minds. Marcus Stanley, policy director for Americans for Financial Reform, is counting on Wells Fargo acting as a shield against bank lobbying. ‘I think it will make it more difficult,’ Stanley said. ‘What I’m hoping is that it’ll make it easier for us to lobby to make it tougher.’”