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AFR Report: Wall Street Lobby and Campaign Cash Tops $2 Billion for 2016 Elections
March 8, 2017 – 7:38 am

During the 2015-16 election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion to influence decision-making in Washington, according to a report released today by Americans for Financial Reform. That total, derived from an exclusive data set, works out to more than $2.7 million a day.

AFR/CFA Report: Brokers and Insurers Say One Thing in Ads, Another Thing in Contracts
January 18, 2017 – 2:51 pm

“Twenty-five top U.S. brokerage firms and insurance companies present their employees as trusted financial advisors putting client interests first even as their lobbyists argue in court that they are nothing more than commission-driven salespeople, according to a major new report from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR). The report also dissects how brokerage firms and insurance companies are systematically misleading unwary consumers.”

AFR Issue Brief: Fair Treatment of Homeowners with Limited English Proficiency
May 26, 2016 – 9:00 am

A newly released paper urges regulators to make it easier for people with limited English proficiency (LEP) to understand and navigate the financial system, especially the mortgage loan market. A companion paper tells the stories of several LEP homeowners who belatedly discovered unfavorable mortgage terms and had great difficulty securing loan modifications.

AFR Report: Payday Lobbying and Campaign Spending Top $15 Million for 2014 Election Cycle
July 7, 2015 – 10:53 am
AFR Report: Payday Lobbying and Campaign Spending Top $15 Million for 2014 Election Cycle

High cost “quick-fix” consumer lenders reported spending more than $15 million to influence Washington decision-makers during the last election cycle, according to an updated report (view or download full report here) released today by Americans for …

AFR Report: Where They Stand on Financial Reform
June 15, 2015 – 1:30 pm
AFR Report: Where They Stand on Financial Reform

 
In a new report, Americans for Financial Reform looks at what the 113th Congress did in 2013-2014 to advance or impede the cause of stronger regulation of the financial industry.
AFR’s report, Where They Stand on …

Updated AFR Report: Financial Sector Lobbying and Campaign Spending Top $1.4 Billion for 2014 Election Cycle – $1.9 million a day
March 18, 2015 – 10:34 am
Updated AFR Report: Financial Sector Lobbying and Campaign Spending Top $1.4 Billion for 2014 Election Cycle – $1.9 million a day

Wall Street banks and financial interests reported spending more than $1.4 billion to influence decision-making in Washington. That two-year total works out to an average of $1.9 million a day or about $2.6 million to elect or influence each of the 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives.