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AFR in the News: Treasury takes up big-bank priorities (NY Times editorial)
June 19, 2017 – 10:31 am

“Dodd-Frank is not perfect. For one thing, it is overly complex. And there are worthy reform alternatives that have been put forward that rely less on specific regulations and more on increased capital requirements and structural changes to separate traditional banking from speculative investing… The Treasury report has none of those proposals’ analytical rigor. Rather, it is designed to please the banks. Americans for Financial Reform, a watchdog group, plans to release a paper showing that the Treasury review endorses almost two-thirds of specific deregulatory requests submitted to the Treasury in May by the Clearing House Association, a big bank lobby.”

AFR in the News: House wants to deregulate Big Banks again (Pekin, Ill. Daily Times)
June 16, 2017 – 4:46 pm

“‘This legislation takes the worst ideas concocted by Wall Street and predatory lenders, and combines them into one toxic package,” [Lisa Donner, director of Americans for Financial Reform] said. ‘The bill is crammed with deregulatory gifts to the entire industry, including megabanks that want to return to the excessive borrowing and risky practices that led to the financial crisis.’”

AFR in the News: The Education Department just froze two key protections for students (The Nation)
June 15, 2017 – 1:21 pm

“The New York Times obtained draft memos showing that officials initially discussed using budgetary impact as the justification. In other words, they looked for whatever pretense could get them to stop the rule on behalf of for-profit operators. Alexis Goldstein, senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform, called the action ‘a slap in the face to defrauded Americans,’ and accused DeVos’s agency of placing ‘the interests of wealthy for-profit college executives ahead of students striving for a better life.’”

AFR in the News: Mnuchin calls for major rollbacks of Dodd-Frank (LA Times)
June 14, 2017 – 4:46 pm

“‘We need more effective regulation and enforcement, not rollbacks driven by Wall Street and predatory lenders,’ said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform, a group advocating tougher oversight of the financial system. The report, which included dozens of recommendations, is the first of three ordered by Trump as he looks to fulfill a campaign promise to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.”

AFR in the News: Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House (NY Times)
June 9, 2017 – 9:26 am

“’It’s a bill that’s so harmful to vast swaths of the American public…,’ said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform. “It would make it easier for predatory lenders to rip people off. It would make it easier for Wall Street to keep taking $17 billion out of retirees’ pockets by repealing the fiduciary rule. It would make it easier for big Wall Street banks to take the kind of risks in pursuit of short-term gains that go directly to the pockets of the tiny handful of people at the top that led to the financial crisis.’”

AFR in the News: House Poised to Pass Bill Taking Aim at Dodd-Frank Regulations (NY Times)
June 8, 2017 – 10:16 am

“’This legislation would be better dubbed Wall Street’s Choice Act as it would have a devastating effect on the ability of regulators to protect consumers and investors from Wall Street exploitation and the economy from financial risks created by too-big-to-fail megabanks,’ Marcus Stanley, policy director at Americans for Financial Reform, wrote in a letter to Congress on Wednesday.”

AFR in the News: Buried deep within GOP bill: ‘free pass’ for payday and car-title lenders (LA Times)
May 30, 2017 – 10:47 am

“According to the advocacy group Americans for Financial Reform, payday and title lenders spent more than $15 million on campaign contributions during the 2014 election cycle. The top recipient, with nearly $224,000 in donations from the industry, was the National Republican Congressional Committee. The largest individual recipient, with $210,500 in payday and title loan cash, was — you guessed it — Hensarling.”

AFR in the News: Valdez: Hate predatory loans? Tell Congress to keep its mitts off this agency (Arizona Republic)
May 28, 2017 – 8:04 am

“The [Hensarling] bill ‘would make it easier for Wall Street megabanks – plus other mortgage lenders, payday lenders, credit card companies and debt collectors . . . to make windfall profits by cheating people or putting the stability of the financial system at risk.’ That’s… from an email blast [the National Consumer Law Center] sent out in conjunction with Americans for Financial Reform.”