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Nominations: AFR, 6 Organizations Urge President Obama and Secretary Lew to Nominate Candidates Committed to Financial Reform to the CFTC
November 18, 2015 – 10:00 am

“We, the undersigned organizations, are writing regarding the current open seats for Commissioners at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). It is vital that you nominate individuals who have both the publicly demonstrated commitment to financial reform and the financial markets expertise that is necessary to complete the implementation of crucial Dodd-Frank mandated reforms of our financial and commodity derivatives markets. “

Letter to Regulators: AFR Calls on IRS to Close Tax Loopholes for Private Equity Firms
November 16, 2015 – 5:11 pm

“The undersigned organizations are writing to provide comments to the Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on the proposed regulations relating to disguised payments for services between private equity partnerships and partners under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code. We strongly support the proposed regulations to close the loopholes in the tax code that permit private equity firms to lower their taxes by converting management fees, typically taxed as ordinary income, into capital gains. “

Joint Letter: Protect Investors, Reappoint PCAOB Chairman Doty
October 29, 2015 – 9:54 am

“We are writing in response to recent press accounts discussing the reappointment or possible replacement of the current PCAOB Chairman James Doty. We are concerned that these reports undermine Chairman Doty and his efforts to improve the independence and quality of public company audits. We urge you to lay this speculation to rest by quickly announcing his reappointment as Chair.”

Letter to Congress and Administration: AFR and 166 Organizations Oppose Financial Policy Riders
October 28, 2015 – 11:24 am

With a government shutdown narrowly averted and budget negotiations moving into a potentially volatile final stage, more than 160 national, state and local organizations are telling lawmakers and the Administration not to let the process be used to force through ideological spending riders that would block financial reform or undermine the funding or authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Letter to Regulators: AFR Submits Comment on the SEC’s Proposed Title VII “Bad Actor” Waiver Process
October 26, 2015 – 9:54 am

“We believe that it is important that the Commission work to establish true mechanisms for accountability. One way to do that is to develop procedures that allow for public transparency into exemptions and exclusions from prohibitions triggered by statutory disqualifications… We welcome the formalized Proposed Rule of Practice 194, which creates an opportunity for enhanced clarity for both the public and the financial industry. “

Letter to Regulators: AFR, 11 Organizations Encourage Regulators to Work Quickly to Address Executive Compensation
October 19, 2015 – 1:29 pm

“We are writing because we are concerned about the slow progress toward the implementation of Section 956(b) of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits large financial institutions from using compensation schemes that encourage excessive risk taking. “

Letter to Regulators: AFR Joins 27 Organizations in Concern over T-Mobile and Experian Customer Data Breach
October 8, 2015 – 6:28 pm

“We, the undersigned organizations concerned with data privacy and consumer protection, write to express grave concerns raised by the early reports of the significant data security breach affecting T-Mobile customers and applicants whose information was stored by Experian. “

Letter to Regulators: AFR Encourages Treasury to Monitor Peer to Peer Lending
October 5, 2015 – 9:50 am

“Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) is pleased to submit these responses to the RFI issued by the Department of the Treasury. The extraordinary diversity of on-line lending models and the rapid growth of the sector mean that continued monitoring will be necessary and the sector will likely fall into the purview of multiple regulators. We encourage the Treasury Department to remain active in determining the appropriate regulatory models, and we will further examine the responses to this RFI with interest to evaluate what types of regulation seem appropriate.”