Category Archives: Statements and Press Releases

CFPB

News Release: 142 Organizations Support CFPB Rule to Curb Abusive Overdraft Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 142 consumer, civil rights, military, legal services, and community groups submitted comments in strong support of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule governing the overdraft lending practices of the largest financial institutions. [The National Consumer Law Center also submitted a longer, more detailed set of comments, which will be available here.]

News Release: Groups Demand Open, Transparent Process for Capital One-Discover Merger Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of 30 community, consumer, civil rights, and public interest groups has called on federal bank and antitrust regulators to follow several critical procedural safeguards that will help ensure proper review of the proposed takeover of Discover by Capital One. The coalition includes Americans for Financial Reform, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the American Economic Liberties Project and Public Citizen.

News Release: FTC Suit to Block Kroger-Albertsons Merger a Vital Step after Private Equity Looting

Washington, D.C. – The lawsuit to block the merger of Kroger and Albertson, marks a critical step in safeguarding workers, consumers, and competition in the grocery business. This merger between two of the country’s largest grocery chains is bad news for all stakeholders, particularly in light of Albertsons’ $3.7 billion payout to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management shortly after the merger was announced in 2022.

News Release: Regulators Should Block Proposed Capital One-Discover Merger

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The proposed Capital One purchase of Discover Financial Services threatens to raise credit card prices for consumers and further constrain credit access for communities around the country. Banking regulators and antitrust authorities must closely scrutinize this megamerger for the anticompetitive and anticonsumer impacts that would certainly justify blocking this takeover. 

News Release: Changes to Disclosures Will Increase Visibility in some Private Fund Activities

Washington, D.C. – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) expansions to the information collected by private funds over Form PF and Form CPO will provide both the agencies and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) with greater visibility and early warning signs into portions of the $21 trillion private fund industry. 

News Release: Researchers Unveil Searchable Database of Top Private Equity Energy Portfolios

Washington, D.C. – Private Equity Climate Risks is launching the Private Equity Energy Tracker, the first-of-its-kind, searchable portal that provides a catalog of the energy holdings of eight of the top North American private equity firms: KKR, The Carlyle Group (NGP), Brookfield (Oaktree Capital), The Blackstone Group, TPG Capital, Warburg Pincus, Apollo Global Management, and Ares Management. Collectively, they hold around $4.3 trillion in assets under management (AUM). 

News Release: 82 Democratic Members of Congress Urge Biden to Name Postal Board Nominees to “Protect and Expand” a Public USPS, endorsed by 36 public-interest groups

Washington, D.C. – Eighty-two Democratic members of the House of Representatives signed a letter sent to President Biden today urging him to swiftly nominate two new public-service-minded members to the USPS Board of Governors. Thirty-six public interest groups, including Americans for Financial Reform, Public Citizen, Main Street Alliance, Revolving Door Project, Social Security Works, and Voter Action Project, endorsed the letter.