In the News

How the Fed Bailed Out the Investor Class Without Spending a Cent
5/27/20, The Intercept
Also appeared in The American Prospect

OCC Pursues Weakening of CRA Despite COVID-19 Impacts
5/22/20, Valuewalk

S&P Fired Employee Who Discussed Ratings With Senate Staff
5/21/20, Wall Street Journal
Also appeared in: MarketScreener

With Wide-Ranging Support, Jayapal Introduces Paycheck Recovery Act to Keep Workers in Their Jobs, Stop Mass Unemployment, and Deliver Direct Relief to Businesses of All Sizes
5/19/20, Common Dreams

Oil volatility sparks debate on big commodities bets
5/15/20, Financial Times

The pandemic helped topple two retailers. So did private equity.
5/14/20, New York Times
Also appeared in: Finance & Commerce, Boston Globe

How the COVID-19 Bailout Gave Wall Street a No-Lose Casino
5/13/20, Rolling Stone

Civil Society Urges the House to Prioritize Oversight over Emergency Funds
5/13/20, POGO

Occidental’s Lobbying Pays Off As It Stands to From Coronavirus Bailout
5/13/20, Global Witness

44 Washington state legislators urge state’s congressional delegation to support the Paycheck Guarantee Act as a direct way to end America’s devastating mass unemployment crisis
5/12/20, Seattle Gay News

Jobs report shows U.S. unemployment soaring to level not seen since Great Depression
5/10/20, Salon

‘Most Cataclysmic’ Jobs Report of Our Lifetime Shows US Unemployment Soaring to Level Not Seen Since Great Depression
5/8/20, Common Dreams

Liberal Groups Support Bill Banning Most M&As During Crisis
5/8/20, Law360

The Bailout Miscalculation That Could Crash the Economy
5/8/20, Taibbi Blog

Payday lenders that charge 400 percent interest want access to small-business loans
5/8/20, Washington Post
Also appeared in: SF GateStars and Stripes

Centrist Democrat Backs Bailout Plan Pushed by His Private Equity Donors
5/8/20, The American Prospect

Liberal Groups Urge Federal Reserve To Block Mergers Under Coronavirus Bailout
5/7/20, HuffPost
Also appeared in: Yahoo News

How Private Equity Firms Will Profit From COVID-19
5/7/20, The American Prospect

Gottheimer Backs Bailout Plan Pushed by His Private Equity Donors
5/6/20, Sludge

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Supports Bill Creating $75 Billion Fund to Prevent Evictions, Foreclosures
5/6/20, Sierra Sun Times

Decision to Block Private Equity Takeover of Dot Org a Victory for Nonprofits
5/6/20, NJ Today

First Look: Americans Support Interest Rate Caps
5/5/20, Politico

Unions call for MSRB to go further in board reform efforts
5/4/20, The Bond Buyer

Land Lease Properties Perform Well Amid the Crisis
5/4/20, National Real Estate Investor

.Org Domain Registry Sale to Ethos Capital Rejected in Stunning Victory for Public Interest Internet
5/3/20, Beachwood Reporter
Also appeared in AG-IP

Down on Main Street
5/1/20, Politico

Oil and gas companies stand to gain from Fed loosening coronavirus loan rules
5/1/20, Washington Post

Wall Street Misses Chance to Star After Chaos Snags Rescue Loans
5/1/20, Bloomberg
Also appeared in: Yahoo FinanceWashington Post

Fed’s expansion of lending program sparks oil bailout worries
Politico, 4/30/20

Trump Appointees Manipulated Agency’s Payday Lending Research, Ex-Staffer Claims
New York Times, 4/29/20
Also appeared in: Yahoo News

Oil companies have a new lobbying target during pandemic – the Federal Reserve
Washington Post, 4/29/20

Consumer group pushes for bank dividend suspension
Dodd-Frank Update, 4/28/20

Did banks play favorites with PPP or were they just being prudent?
American Banker, 4/27/20

‘Sure, it sounds unfair. But there’s nothing illegal about it’: How residents of Quad Cities trailer parks are getting pinched by real estate empires
Dispatch-Argus, 4/24/20

Fed to Disclose Loan Amounts, Borrowers on Business Lending Programs
Wall Street Journal, 4/23/20

Fed to Name Participants in CARES Act-Backed Loan Programs
Bloomberg, 4/23/20
Also appeared in: Washington Post

Groups Ask Biden to Disclose Details of White House Transition
Bloomberg, 4/23/20

Unsanitized: The Fight to Learn Who the Fed Will Bail Out
The American Prospect, 4/23/20

Private Equity to Get Squeezed Out of Another Stimulus Package
Bloomberg, 4/23/20
Also appeared in: Yahoo Finance, Los Angeles Times

Just Say No to CUs on Any MBL Cap Changes, Bankers Tell Congress; Coalition Urges No Garnishments of Stimulus Payments
CU Today, 4/23/20

Criticism of the Libra restart is growing
ByoViral, 4/21/20

Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Stimulus Checks from Garnishments
American Banker, 4/21/20

Student loan activists call on Navient to suspend share buybacks, dividend
Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/21/20

Unsanitized — “Today I Learned,” referencing two AFR policy memos
The American Prospect, 4/18/20

The Trickle-Up Bailout
Taibbi Blog, 4/17/20

As Pandemic Rages, Trump’s CFPB Plows Ahead With Rules ‘Empowering Predatory Lenders to Rip Off Vulnerable Consumers’
Common Dream, 4/17/20

Fed’s Coronavirus Stimulus Offers Taxpayer Cash to Buyout Firm Companies
Wall Street Journal, 4/16/20

Fed’s stimulus offers relief to private equity despite critics’ objection
Pitch Book, 4/16/20

Tlaib, Jayapal Introduce Bill Providing Recurring COVID-19 Relief Payments
Black Star News, 4/16/20

Trump Treasury tells banks they can seize your $1,200 check
People’s World, 4/15/20

Unsanitized: Why Amazon May Not Emerge From the Crisis Dominant
The American Prospect, 4/14/20

Fund managers maneuver to get federal aid on payrolls
Roll Call, 4/14/20

Who’s getting these hundreds of billions in government aid? For now, the public may be in the dark
Washington Post, 4/13/20
Also appeared in: SF Gate, Charleston Gazette-Mail

New Bill Proposes Changes to FDCPA and FCRA
LexBlog, 4/13/20

We’re facing an accountability emergency. Let’s fix it before it’s too late
Washington Post, 4/10/20

Labor Unions and Small Business Advocates Applaud Jayapal’s Paycheck Guarantee Plan to Stave Off Economic Collapse
Common Dreams, 4/10/20

Powdered Sausage
Grant’s Almost Daily, 4/9/20

Fed adds Main Street business, municipal and state lending aid
Roll Cal, 4/9/20

Coronavirus slows – but doesn’t stop – agency rulemaking and adjudication
Ballotpedia News, 4/8/20

The CEOs, MBAs, and private equiteers undermining our resilience
The New Daily, 4/8/20

SEC’s Lee urges comment period extensions amid COVID-19
Corporate Secretary, 4/8/20

Do You Have to Keep Paying Your Student Loans During the Coronavirus Pandemic? It’s Complicated
Buzzfeed News, 4/6/20

Resetting the Bomb
Taibbi Blog, 4/6/20

Consumers were slammed in the Great Recession. The CFPB’s former director warns worse could be on the way
Vox, 4/6/20

COVID-19 financial warning: Consumers and banks should stay away from payday loans
Charleston Chronicle, 4/3/20
Also appeared in: Westside GazetteThe SkannerThe Miami Times, Black News PortalChicago DefenderChicago CrusaderBay State BannerSan Bernardino American NewspaperThe Louisiana Weekly

Government Doubles Interest Rate on SBA Loans After Banks Complain
Wall Street Journal, 4/2/20

‘I Feel Like I’ve Been Trapped in This Loan’: Here’s Why the COVID-19 Stimulus Package Only Helps Some Borrowers
Time, 4/2/20

Virus-bailout Watchdogs Face Immense Task With Echoes of TARP
Bloomberg, 4/2/20

Large investment companies reportedly lobbying for piece of stimulus package
New York Post, 4/2/20

Dems Want Rule Comment Periods Paused Amid Outbreak
Law360, 4/2/20

Is Cancelling Student Debt the Right Approach?
Inside Higher Ed, 4/1/20

Groups urge halt to rulemaking outside of pandemic response
Corporate Secretary, 4/1/20

Wall Street titans lobby for a cut of small business bailout
Politico, 4/1/20

Senators push Mnuchin to guarantee oversight of $500 billion coronavirus bailout fund
CNBC, 3/31/2020

A Half-Dozen Groups Say Announcement by 5 Financial Regulators Will Only Push More People into Payday Loan Trap
Credit Union Times, 3/31/2020

NCUA Extends Comment Period on Bank Purchase Rules
Credit Union Times, 3/30/20

Coronavirus stimulus bill: 7 ways student loan borrowers benefit
Yahoo Finance, 3/29/20

Cuomo Puts Private Equity Vulture in Charge of Coronavirus Economic Recovery
Truthout, 3/28/20

Left Out of the Stimulus
Inside Higher Ed, 3/27/20

House votes today on $2T coronavirus rescue package
Politico, Morning Education, 3/27/2020

Members of Congress Can Once Again Urge ICANN to Save Dot Org
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 3/27/20

AFR: More Needed to Protect People from COVID-19
Insurance News Net, 3/27/20

Civil Rights and Consumer Groups Condemn “Emergency” Regulatory Guidelines that Allows Banks to Make Payday Loans
YubaNet, 3/27/20

Here’s What New Yorkers Need to Know About the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
Gothamist, 3/26/20

Education Department to halt collection of defaulted student loans, refund $1.8 billion
Washington Post, 3/24/2020

Fed Will Scale Back Bank Exams Amid COVID-19 Crisis
Law360, 3/24/20

HUD Must Do Much More to Protect Older Reverse Mortgage Borrowers in the Coronavirus Epidemic
Realty Biz News, 3/24/20

Public Interest Groups Call For Federal Rulemaking Freeze
Law360, 3/24/2020

House Democrats unveil bill to cancel $30,000 in student debt per borrower amid coronavirus
Yahoo Finance, 3/23/2020

Dispute Over Student Loans Helps Stall Stimulus Bill
Inside Higher Ed, 3/23/2020

Will CFPB proposal on zombie debt disclosures mislead consumers?
CreditCards.com, 3/23/20

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley Propose Massive Student Debt Relief Plan Ahead of Coronavirus-Spurred Recession
The Root, 2/23/2020
A similar article appeared in WHDH.

Trump administration lets borrowers suspend federal student loan payments
Washington Post, 3/20/20
Also appeared in the Independent Tribune

Trump suspends federal student loan payments for 60 days
Atlanta Journal Constitution, 3/20/20

Pressure mounts on Senate GOP to help state and local governments
The Bond Buyer, 3/20/2020

Senate Democrats propose bailout for student loan borrowers
Washington Post, 3/19/20
Also appeared in the Stamford Advocate

Top House Democrats Press Fed to Provide Support to Muni Market
BNN Bloomberg, 3/19/20
Also appeared in Yahoo Finance

Congress considers requiring Fed to buy muni bonds for coronavirus fight
The Bond Buyer, 3/19/20

States Need Help From the Fed This Time
Bloomberg Opinion, 3/29/2020

Now Is the Time to Cancel Student Debt
The Nation, 3/18/20

Square gains FDIC conditional approval for a banking license
Silicon Angle, 3/18/20

Trump suspends interest on all federal student loans to ease financial impact of coronavirus
The Washington Post, 3/13/2020 
Also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump gives people with student loans a break amid coronavirus
CNBC, 3/13/2020

Trump huddles with bankers on coronavirus economic relief
The Hill, 3/11/2020

Virus could deal blow to leveraged loans. What’s that mean for banks?
American Banker, 3/11/2020

Four months, $1bn… and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go
The Register, 3/10/2020

Art Van Furniture files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, could still face liquidation
Detroit Free Press, 3/9/2020

Financial System Faces Biggest Test Since 2008 as Coronavirus Spreads
The New York Times, 3/9/2020
Also appeared in The Shelton (Connecticut) Herald and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

CFPB Unveils Whistleblower Award Plans, Guidance Program
Law 360, 3/6/2020

Private equity firms are increasingly buying up doctors’ offices. What does that mean for doctors — or for patients?
STAT News, 3/6/2020

Will the U.S. ever enact a national rate cap?
American Banker, 3/5/2020

Pushback on BPI Proposals
Politico’s Morning Money, 3/3/2020

Commentary: .ORG Still Wouldn’t Be Safe
The Non Profit Times, 2/27/2020

Zombie Debt
Scripps National News, 2/27/2020
Aired in 17 cities around the country.

The for-profit takeover of the non-profit ‘.org’ top-level domain
ZDNet, 2/26/2020

Zombie debt: CFPB proposal could trick consumers into bringing dead debts back to life
The Washington Post, 2/25/2020
Also appeared in The Seattle Times, The (suburban Chicago) Daily Herald, and The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Similar articles appeared in Wonkette and PYMNTS.com

CRA overhaul plan finds few supporters on any side
BankingDive, 2/24/2020

Ethos Capital Adds New Initiatives to the Proposed .ORG Sale
NonProfitPro, 2/24/2020

Many Candidates Change Positions Over Time. Mike Bloomberg Did It Almost Overnight.
The Huffington Post, 2/21/2020

Bloomberg’s views on redlining could remain an issue for black voters
The Washington Post, 2/20/2020

Bloomberg Financial Proposals Would Stiffen Wall Street Oversight
The Wall Street Journal, 2/19/2020

Bloomberg criticized redlining reforms. Critics say it’s more evidence he’s a Wall Street defender
The Washington Post, 2/18/2020

Rep. Tom Emmer on the rise in Washington and winning friends on Wall Street
Minnesota Reformer, 2/13/2020

‘Super-swampy’: Kelly Loeffler faces tricky ethical dilemma as senator
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/8/2020
Also appeared in The Bakersfield Californian.

Build a Fairer Economy
Alexis Goldstein, The Progressive, 2/7/2020

Hold Wall Street Accountable
The Progressive, 2/7/2020

Sewell votes to overhaul credit reporting system
Alabama Political Reporter, 2/4/2020

Green America: 18,000 Signatures Delivered Urging SEC Not to Muzzle Voice of Shareholders
Yahoo Finance, 2/4/2020
Similar stories appeared in ThinkAdvisor, Financial AdvisorWealthManagement.com, and ValueWalk.

O-Zone Benefits for Local Residents Still Lacking Under Final Regs
Tax Notes, 2/3/2020

CFPB Names Ex-BigLaw, DOJ Atty As New Enforcement Head
Law360, 1/31/2020

Do Centrist Democratic Candidates Really Want to Rein in Wall Street?
Capital & Main, 1/28/2020
Also appeared in Newsweek and Fast Company

Wall Street Venture-Fund Curbs to Be Eased in Volcker Revamp
Bloomberg, 1/27/2020
Also appeared in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Why Private Equity Keeps Wrecking Retail Chains Like Fairway
Slate, 1/26/2020

U.S. consumer watchdog curtails its power to pursue ‘abusive’ behavior
Reuters, 1/24/2020
Also appeared in The New York Times

New This A.M. On OCC Rule
Politico Morning Money, 1/22/2020 

‘Revolving Door’ Between Audit Firms and PCAOB Under Scrutiny
AgendaWeek (Financial Times publication), 1/17/2020

Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel student debt — without Congress. Can she do that?
NBCNews.com, 1/14/2020

The fight to protect consumers, at a crossroads
The New York Daily News, 1/14/2020

Blackstone-KKR Hidden Hand in Ad Blitz Unleashes Washington Fury
Bloomberg, 1/8/2020

What an Elizabeth Warren Presidency Would Look Like
In These Times, 1/7/2020

What is private equity, and why is it killing everything you love?
Vox, 1/6/2020

The Price Ain’t Right: A Private Equity Quiz
Capital & Main, 1/5/2020

This was supposed to be the decade of tougher consumer protections. That didn’t happen
CNBC, 12/25/19

Some mobile home dwellers face eviction months after investor firm hiked rents
WDAY/Inforum (North Dakota), 12/2219

Where have all the CFPB fair-lending cases gone?
American Banker, 12/16/19

How to Buy a Regulation in Six Short Months
The American Prospect, 12/9/19

What the ongoing repo turmoil means for banks
American Banker, 12/4/19

Paging Dr. Buyout? Managers Stock Up on Medical Practices
FundFire, 12/4/19

House Democrats Poised to Rubber-Stamp the “Achilles Heel of Dodd-Frank”
The Intercept, 12/3/19
Also appeared in The American Prospect and Sludge

The Story of how Warren Got the CFPB passed Shows How To Make Change in America
DailyKos, 12/2/19

Want To Make Payday Loans In States Where It’s Outlawed? Rent A Bank!
Talking Points Memo, 11/28/2019

Tlaib sponsors bill killing opportunity zones
Michigan Advance, 11/24/19

Tlaib introduces bill to repeal ‘opportunity zones’
The Hill, 11/22/19

Rep. Tlaib introduces bill to repeal ‘opportunity zones’ Tax Law: ‘American People Have Been Scammed’
Newsweek, 11/22/19

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says private equity firms have destroyed jobs and ‘eroded people’s quality of life’
Newsweek, 11/20/19

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez laid out a devastating one-minute case against private equity, blaming it for massive job losses
Business Insider, 11/20/19

Understanding Student Loans and How to Pay for School
The Daily Utah Chronicle, 11/20/19 

Revolving Door Project and Allies Call for Personnel-Focused Debate Questions
Revolving Door Project Newsletter, 11/20/19

Once Mulvaney’s chief of staff, payday lobbyist enjoys frequent access to his old boss
The Washington Post, 11/20/19

Ocasio-Cortez Explains Everything Wrong with Private Equity in Less Than a Minute
GQ, 11/19/19

Majority of voters support curbs on private equity firms: poll
The Hill, 11/18/19

In battle with Warren, it’s all about chicken
Politico, 11/18/19

First Look: Private Equity Poll
Politico’s Morning Money, 11/18/19

OCC, FDIC poised to hand fintechs a win with Madden workaround
Politico’s Morning Money, 11/16/19

AFR urges passage of Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act
RESPA News, 11/14/19

Significant Retail Job Losses At Private-Equity Backed Companies Should Worry Us
Forbes, 11/14/19

New Forms of Worker Organization to Free Democracy From Corporate Clutches
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2020

AFR Applauds Introduction of Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act
Valuewalk, 11/12/19

Los ‘tentáculos’ del capital privado se apoderan de casi todo lo que consumes
El Financiero (from Mexico, in cooperation with Bloomberg), 11/9/19

The Highland County (Ohio) Press
Sen. Brown’s bill would extend lending protections for service members to veterans, consumers, 11/6/19
Also appeared in States News Service

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s Hearing, FACEBOOK’s Libra Project Hangs in the Balance
The American Prospect, 11/5/2019

Bits N’ Pieces from East, West and Beyond
The (Libby, Montana) Western News, 11/1/2019

Derivatives to crash markets again?
Financial Times, 11/1/2019

Payday Lenders Brag About How They Bought Trump Access
Now This, 10/31/19

Payday lenders brag about access to Trump, GOP — but they’re worried about Warren
Salon, 10/31/19

Private Equity Firms Have Caused Painful Job Losses and More Are Coming
Forbes, 10/30/19

The super-rich are catching a lot of flak in the 2020 election
Business Insider, 10/29/19

In recording, payday lenders discussed raising money for Trump’s campaign to fend off regulation, audio reveals
The Washington Post, 10/29/19
Also appeared in Business InsiderThe San Antonio Express-News, The Houston Chronicle, The Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal-Gazette, The Providence Journal, and Nashville Business Journal
Also pushed out to mobile devices via Apple News notifications

Bill would make for-profit colleges ineligible for student loans
CNBC, 10/21/19

Don’t buy what Zuckerberg’s selling on Libra
American Banker, 10/22/19

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case about Limits of Executive Power
LA Times, 10/18/19
Also appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Keen (New Hampshire) Sentinel, and The Witchita Eagle.

Disparate impact rollback proposal will enable discrimination
ValueWalk, 10/19/19

Senate Democrats call on FHFA to undo changes to new Uniform Residential Loan Application
Housing Wire, 10/17/19

Top questions CFPB Director Kraninger must answer including fair lending
ValueWalk, 10/16/19

A poll of likely voters shows their concern regarding rising student debt problems
North Dallas Gazette, 10/10/19

SEC’s Concept Release Comment Period Closes. So What Say You on Regulatory Harmonization & Access to Capital?
Crowd Fund Insider, 10/8/19

Freddie Mac Using Shady AI Company for Mortgage Loans
American Prospect, 10/8/19

Yazdani: Democratic candidates aren’t extremists — they’re reformists
Oregon Daily Emerald, 10/8/19

New Study Shows Adverse Economic Effects of Private Equity Buyouts
Forbes, 10/7/19

Poll: A majority of Democratic and Republican voters want tougher Wall Street regulations
Vox, 10/7/19
Also appeared in Value Walk, Newsmax, Newsweek, & The World News

Everything is Private Equity Now
Bloomberg, 10/3/19
Also appeared in Independent Online

Read this blistering takedown of a rule that would let debt collectors blast you with text messages
Fast Company, 10/3/19

U.S. Senators Introduce Congressional Effort to Overturn Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Rewritten Borrower Defense Rule
Sierra (California) Sun Times, 9/30/19

Debt collectors target consumers of color, people making less than $50K
Atlanta Daily World, 9/27/19
Also appeared in Houston Forward TimesPhiladelphia Tribune, North Dallas Gazette

Experts Warn SEC about Perils of Loosening Private Offering Rules
Investment News, 9/25/19

Elizabeth Warren Lost Her Dream Job but Gained a Path to 2020
New York Times, 9/21/19
Also appeared in Pulse Live Kenya

Elizabeth Warren has just one plan
Vox, 9/20/19

Over 200 Organizations Call for Protection From Debt Collection Industry
Value Walk, 9/19/19

232 Nonprofit Groups Object to CFPB Plan to ‘Protect Abusive Debt Collectors’
CUToday.info, 9/19/19

Trump’s Latest Assault on the CFPB Could Backfire
Slate, 9/18/19

Joint Civil Society Letter Re: CFPB’s Proposed Debt Collection Rules
Public Now, 9/18/19

Parked: Colorado’s mobile home park residents living ‘half the American dream’
The Colorado Sun, 9/15/19

New Poll Reveals Bipartisan Opposition to CFPB Debt Collection Rule
Morning Money, 9/11/19

Hasan Minhaj Tells Congress to Take the Student Loan Debt Crisis More Seriously
Huffington Post, 9/10/19

Details Behind Big Carlyle-Hometown Deal, Ripples in Manufactured Homes, Communities Ahead
MHPO, 9/10/19

Hasan Minhaj Rails Against Student-Loan Debt Crisis in Congressional Testimony
Vulture, 9/10/19

Why the August Jobs Report is Huge
Politico, 9/5/19

Only the Fed Can Save Us
New York Times, 8/31/19

Put Public Money to Work for the People
Chicago Sun Times, 8/22/19

Is The U.S. Economy Strong Enough To Withstand Another Slowdown Or Recession?
NPR, 8/22/19

As U.S. Watchdog Retreats, Mortgage Firms Reprise Cozy Marketing Arrangements
Reuters, 8/22/19
Also Appeared In: US News & World ReportMarket Screener, USA News Hub, Channel News AsiaWABX

Weakening Dodd-Frank’s Volcker Rule Puts Depositors and Tax Payers At Risk
Forbes, 8/21/19

Trump Administrations Weakens Financial Regulations
Public News Service, 8/21/19

Volcker Rule Overhaul Approved by OCC Ahead of FDIC Board’s Vote
Bloomberg, 8/20/19

What’s Left of the Volcker Rule After the Final Rewrite
American Banker, 8/20/19

New Debt Trap Tracker Shows Harm from Payday Loans
Value Wire 8/19/19

Banking Regulator Ease ‘Volcker Rule’ Ban on Proprietary Trading
Newsmax, 8/19/19

Turning Point for Student Loans
Inside Higher Ed, 8/16/19

Repayment Provisions of the CFPB Payday Loan Rule Delayed
Credit Union Times, 8/14/19

Volcker Revamp to Ease Banks’ Trading Rules, Path to Investments
Bloomberg, 8/13/19
Also Appeared IN: SF Gate, San Antonio Gazette, The Telegraph, The Oklahoman, Business Maverick

FHFA to Drop Language Question From Mortgage Application; CU Trades Approve
Credit Union Times, 8/12/19

Advocates Oppose FHFA’s Decision to Remove Language Preference Question from Loan Application
RealEstateRama, 8/12/19
Also Appeared In: Value Walk

The Volcker Rule Should Be Strengthened For Big Banks And Made Transparent
Forbes, 8/11/19

Unions, Workers, EPI Back Warren Bill to Crack Down on ‘Private Equity’ Funds
People’s World, 8/9/19
Also Appeared In: Union News (United Steel Workers)

U.S. Scraps Requirement for Mortgage Borrowers’ Language Preference
Reuters, 8/9/19
Also Appeared In: Financial Post, USA News Hub, The Japan News, WABX,

Consumer ‘Protector’ Is Ready To Make It Easier For Debt Collectors To Harass You
Huffington Post, 8/7/19
Also Appeared In: USA News Hub

Warren’s Push for Changes Brings More Attention to Industry Reforms
Pensions & Investments, 8/5/19

CFPB Extends FDCPA Comment Period
Auto Finance News, 8/2/19

Why Cities Should Pay Attention to a New Bill To Rein In Private Equity
Next City, 7/30/19

Fiduciary Rule Fight Heads in Earnest to Massachusetts
Financial Advisor, 7/29/19

House Passes Bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
Augusta Free Press, 7/28/19

The Workers Bearing the Brunt of Retail’s Struggles? Primarily Women and People of Color.
Vox, 7/26/19

Scalia’s Past Legal Writings Could Be a Liability
Politico, 7/25/19

Private Equity’s Role in Retail has Decimated 1.3 Million Jobs, Study Says
Washington Post, 7/24/19
Also ran in Morning News Beat, New Hampshire Union Leader and Politico 

Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill To Cancel $640 Billion In Student Loan Debt
Huffington Post, 7/23/19

Chase For Yield Has Fueled Private Equity With Significant Consequences For Americans
Forbes, 7/23/19

Elizabeth Warren’s Latest Wall Street Enemy: Private Equity
Vox, 7/19/19

Eugene Scalia, Trump’s Pick to Head the Labor Department, Scares Worker Advocates to Death
CBS News, 7/19/19

Warren’s Next Battleground: Private Equity Firms
Compliance Week, 7/19/19

Eugene Scalia: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Heavy, 7/19/19

At Last, Legislation to Stop Private Equity Abuses
The American Prospect, 7/18/19

Why is Trump’s Consumer Protection Agency Helping to Promote H&R Block’s Credit Card?
LA Times, 7/18/19
Also ran in the Cincinnati Bell and the Virginian-Pilot

Consumer Watchdog Wants to Work With Financial Companies to Encourage Saving
Wall Street Journal, 7/17/19

This Will Drive Broker-Dealers Out of New Jersey, Retirement Group Warns
Financial Advisor IQ, 7/17/19

Sen. Kennedy Seeks Momentum for MSRB Reform Bill
Bond Buyer, 7/12/19

Americans for Financial Reform Issues Statement on Financial Services Committee Markup on Credit Reporting
Insurance News Net, 7/12/19

Fed’s Quarles Pushes Streamlined Stress Tests
Banking Dive, 7/10/19

Banks Push for Greater Relief on Foreign Bank Regs, Living Wills
American Banker, 7/7/19

BOJ’s Amamiya: Facebook’s Libra User Base Could Be ‘Enormous
CCN, 7/5/19

Consumer, Civil Rights Advocates to CFPB: Don’t Water Down Overdraft Fee “Opt In” Rule
RealEstateRama, 7/5/19

Coalition Calls on Congress to Torpedo Facebook Currency
WND, 7/5/19

Bankruptcy: An Option for Student Loan Debt?
The Final Call, 7/3/19

Consumer Groups Press Agency to Support Reform of ‘Abusive Practices’
CU Today, 7/2/19

Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Block Facebook’s Digital Currency
Politico, 7/2/19

Rep. Gottheimer Asks Regulators to Deregulate Banks He’s Invested In
Sludge, 7/1/19

Democrats Back Wall Street Push to Free Up $40 Billion in Margin
Bloomberg, 6/27/19

Representatives García, Khanna Introduce Legislation to Boost Jobs and Wages
Lawndale News, 6/27/19

Mobile Home Affordability Threatened By Private Equity
Nonprofit Quarterly, 6/24/19

Big Banks Are Breezing Through Their Stress Tests. But The Results Could Be Deceiving.
Washington Post Finance 202 Newsletter, 6/24/19
References event hosted by Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund 

Who Wins in a Fiduciary Fight – Feds or States?
Financial Advisor IQ, 6/24/19

Predatory Lenders Want To Kill AB 539. Will Fat Checks To Key Senators Pay Off?
Sacramento Bee, 6/11/19

Watchdog Agency Must Pick a Side: Consumers or Scammers
The Hill, 6/11/19

As Consumer Protections Dwindle, Schools Push Financial Literacy
The American Prospect, 6/10/19

Rewrite of Bank Rules Makes Little Progress, Frustrating Republicans
Wall Street Journal, 6/10/19
References event hosted by Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund 

‘Best Interest’ Rule for Brokers is an Improvement, but with Maddening Gray Areas
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/7/19

If You’re Wondering Who The SEC’s New ‘Best Interest’ Rule Helps, Listen To The S.E.C.
Talking Points Memo, 6/7/19

6 Policy Responses To Leveraged Lending Fears
American Banker, 6/6/19

S.E.C. Adopts New Rules for Brokers That Consumer Advocates Say Are Toothless
The New York Times, 6/5/19
Also ran in The San Francisco Chronicle and Chattanooga Times Free Press

“It’s The Trumpification Of The SEC:” As Standards Are Lowered For Investment Pros, “Mr. And Ms. 401(k)” Could Be Screwed
Vanity Fair, 6/5/19

SEC Moving to Require Brokers Only to Reveal Conflicts for Advice
Associated Press, 6/5/19
Also ran in The Washington PostMarketWatch, FoxBusinessTampa Bay Times, Fox5NY, The Daily Journal, MyStateline.com (WTVO/WQRF), Cadillac News, The Joplin Globe, The Daily Herald, The Elko Daily Free PressThe Alton Telegraph, and Herald and News

How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In
ProPublica, 6/5/19
Also ran in Minnesota Public Radio News and Nation of Change.

Cancel Student Debt, Boost The Economy
Medium.com, 5/28/19

Debt Collection Rule Draws Zero Fans
Credit Union Times, 5/24/19

Former Fed Governor Sees Peril In Trump-Era Deregulation
Insurance News Net, 5/23/19

Congresswoman Barbara Lee And Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduce Inclusive Prosperity Act To Curb Wall Street Greed
San Francisco Bay View, 5/22/19

The Weakening Of Big Bank Regulations Under Trump Are The Seeds For The Next Financial Crisis
Forbes, 5/22/19

Former Fed Heavyweight Blasts Trump-era Financial Deregulation
Washington Post Finance 202 Newsletter, 5/22/19

Small Changes To Stress Testing Could Have Big Impact On Risk, Tarullo Says
American Banker, 5/21/19

Wall Street Rules’ Chief Architect Says The Fed Is Blowing It
Bloomberg, 5/21/19

Tarullo Warns Fed’s Deregulation Moves Could Make Stress Tests Useless
Politico Pro, 5/21/19

Fed’s Former Chief Bank Regulator Warns Crisis Amnesia Raises Financial Risks
Forbes, 5/21/19

Also This Week
Politico Morning Money Newsletter, 5/20/19

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation To Promote Oversight Of Student Loan Servicers
Rep. Katie Porter Press Office, 5/17/19

Intuit Grows More Defensive
Accounting Today, 5/17/19

Labor, Consumer Groups Challenge CFPB Proposal To Ease Payday Loan Regulation
Morning Consult, 5/17/19

New Bill Protects Consumers Against Discrimination In Auto Lending
Queens Gazette, 5/15/19

Sen. Collins Rake In Wall Street Donations, Risks Maine’s Financial Security
Dirigo Blue, 5/15/19

First Look: Kraninger Pressured
Politico Morning Money Newsletter, 5/15/19

CFPB Launches Review Of Overdraft Fee Rules
Washington Post, 5/14/19
Also ran in The Bulletin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Consumer Groups Oppose Allowing Debt Collectors To Email, Text And Call Seven Times A Week
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/14/19

The 10 Biggest Political Spenders On Wall Street
ThinkAdvisor, 5/13/19

It Could Become Easier For People With Student Debt To File For Bankruptcy
CNBC, 5/11/19
Also ran on Yahoo Finance

How The “Rigged System” Benefits Trump
MSNBC, 5/10/19

SEC Mulls Rollback Of Internal Control Audit Requirements
Accounting Today, 5/9/19

Trump Administration Wants To Allow Debt Collectors To Call 7 Times A Week And Text, Email As Much As They Want
Washington Post, 5/7/19
Also ran in The Oregonian, Portland Press Herald, The Fayetteville Observer 

Gillibrand Bill Would Expand CFPB Data Collection To Spot Lending Discrimination
The Hill, 5/6/19

Investor Firm That Hiked Lot Rents At Iowa Mobile Home Parks Is Subject Of Complaints In Other States
Des Moines Register, 5/5/19
Also Ran In Iowa City Press-Citizen

New Report Reaffirms Corrosive Effect Of Money In Electoral And Governing Systems
Democracy Initiative, 5/3/19

$18.5 Million Spent On CU Lobbying, Campaign Contributions In 2018 Elections
Credit Union Times, 5/3/19

It’s Layaway, But For A Post-Recession Economy
New York Times, 5/3/19

Wall Street Money Buys Silence On Big Bank Abuses
Inequality.org, 5/2/19

Report: Financial Sector Lobbying Is On The Rise In DC
Ozy, 5/1/19

Wall Street’s Political Largesse; Banks Had A Good April
American Banker Morning Scan, 5/1/19

We Are (Still) The 99 Percent
Vox, 4/30/19

Financial Institution Money Is Flowing To Washington Politicians At Record Highs
Forbes, 4/30/19

As Bank Profits Soar, Wall Street’s Political Spending Hits A New High
Washington Post, 4/30/19
Also ran in SFGate, Bangor Daily News, Connecticut Post

Wall Street Shelled Out On Politics In 2018
Politico Influence Newsletter, 4/30/19

First Look: AFR’s Money In Politics Report
Politico Morning Money Newsletter, 4/30/19

America Scores An Average ‘C’ Grade For Financial Literacy Month
Inside Sources, 4/24/19

How Freshman Rep. Katie Porter Puts Wall Street In The Hot Seat
HuffPost, 4/21/19

‘Text Me $$$’: Debt Collectors May Soon Be Able To Text And Email Consumers
CBS News, 4/19/19
Also appeared on WBNS-TV and KOTV-TV

Is It Time To Worry About The Next Recession?
Salon, 4/18/19

New Trump-Appointed CFPB Head Kathy Kraninger Looks To Cool Tensions Around The Lightning-Rod Agency
Washington Examiner, 4/17/19

The CFPB’s Enemy Within
New York Times Dealbook Briefing, 4/17/19

Is Trump Admin Slogan Actually ‘Make America Pay Again?’
MSNBC’s Morning Joe, 4/16/19

How Mulvaney Remade The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Politico Influence, 4/16/19

Tax Returns Show 2020 Candidates Gave To Charity, But Not A Ton
Washington Post Daily 202 Newsletter, 4/16/19

Mick Mulvaney’s Master Class In Destroying The Government From Within
New York Times Magazine, 4/16/19

Will Reg Relief Plan Bring Back Failure-Related Risks?
American Banker, 4/16/19

Marking Tax Day, Udall, Warren Reintroduce Bill To Simplify, Decrease Costs Of Tax Preparation And Filing
Los Alamos Daily Post, 4/15/19

House Dems Slam Big Bank CEOs Over Pay Disparity
Inequality.org, 4/12/19

Is It Time To Worry About The Next Recession?
Who What Why, 4/10/19

National Trend Toward Consolidation Of Mobile Home Park Ownership
Iowa City Press-Citizen, 4/10/19
Also Appeared In Washington TimesSFGate, and Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Love Your Taxes
Noozhawk, 4/9/19

John Oliver Tackles Affordable Housing, Mobile Homes On ‘Last Week Tonight’
Boston Globe, 4/8/19

John Oliver Rips Private Equity In Mobile Home Parks As If ‘Income Inequality Came To Life’
The Guardian, 4/8/19

Mobile Homes
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 4/7/19

Elizabeth Warren Wants CEOs To Go To Jail When Their Companies Behave Badly
Vox, 4/3/19

Warren Introduces Legislation Making It Easier To Jail Top Executives
The Hill, 4/3/19

More Managers Make Moves To Mobile Homes
Pensions And Investments, 4/1/19

Wells Fargo’s CEO Search Won’t Bring Quick Fixes
Law360, 3/29/19

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan Is Out
New York Post, 3/28/19

Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan To Retire Two Years After Start Of Major Scandals
Charlotte Observer, 3/28/19
Also appeared on WBTV

First Look: AFR Report On Leverage
Politico Morning Money Newsletter, 3/28/19

Congress’s New Progressives Take On The Banks
The American Prospect, 3/27/19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Reintroduces Legislation To Rein In Stock Buybacks And Give Workers A Voice On Corporate Boards
Senator Tammy Baldwin Press Office, 3/27/19

Ex-CFPB Chief Cordray Attacks Trump Administration For Retreating On Consumer Financial Protection
Forbes, 3/21/19

DeFazio: New .1% Wall Street Tax Plan
Oregon Business Report, 3/19/19

House Dems Should Regret Sluggishness, Not Overzealousness
Revolving Door Project Newsletter, 3/14/19

‘Mom And Pop’ Manufactured Home Communities Might Be The Next Frontier For Investment In The Sector
National Real Estate Investor, 3/13/19

Wells Fargo Lawyers: Our CEO Is Full Of ‘Corporate Puffery’
Huffington Post, 3/12/19

A Restriction On Payday Lenders Was Just Delayed. Democrats Want To Know Why
TIME, 3/8/19

Watch Trump’s Financial Industry Watchdog Get Grilled By Congress’ Newest Members
Mother Jones, 3/7/19

CFPB’s Kraninger Addresses Bureau’s Future Before Congress
The M Report, 3/7/19

FTT Clap-Back
Politico Morning Money Newsletter, 3/7/19

How Wall Street Influenced Congress Last Year
The Survive And Thrive Boomer Guide, 3/6/19

Small-Dollar Donors Are Playing A Growing Role In Congressional Campaigns
The Intercept, 3/6/19

Dems Offer Legislation To Tax Financial Transactions
The Hill, 3/6/19

The DOL Fiduciary Rule Explained
Investopedia, 3/1/19

The Big Wall Street Giveaway The 115th Congress Hopes The 116th Won’t Notice
Inequality.org, 2/28/19

Smith Co-Sponsors Bill Curbing Predatory Rent-To-Own Contracts
Brainerd Dispatch, 2/28/19

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Explains Credit Reporting Companies Make Money Off Your Info
Bustle, 2/27/19

The Badass Women Of Congress Took On The Credit Reporting Industry And It Was Glorious
The Mary Sue, 2/27/19

Merkley Intros Bill To Protect Rent-To-Own Tenants
KTVZ, 2/27/19

Hot Property: U.S. Mobile Homes’ Affordability Slips As Corporates Move In
Reuters, 2/19/19

This Week: A Closer Look At CFPB’s Gift To Payday Lenders
Talking Points Memo, 2/15/19

A Billion-Dollar Empire Made Of Mobile Homes
Washington Post, 2/14/19
Also appeared in Los Angeles TimesSeattle Times and The Daily Nonpareil

Radical Rollbacks Of Payday Lending Rules Make Exploiting The Poor Easier
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/11/19
Also appeared on Creators’ Syndicate

Consumer Protection Bureau: JK, Payday Loans Are Fine
Splinter News, 2/7/19

Restraints On Payday Lenders Set To Be Lifted
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2/7/19

Consumer Protection Bureau Cripples New Rules For Payday Loans
New York Times, 2/6/19
Also Appeared In Seattle Times

Trump Administration Hands Payday Lenders A Major Victory
Washington Post, 2/6/19
Also Appeared In Watertown Daily Times 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Moves To Roll Back Payday Lending Rule
CNN, 2/6/19
Also Appeared On KPAX-TV, WGCL-TV, and Western Mass News

CFPB Takes Big Step Toward Unwinding Payday Lending Rule
American Banker, 2/6/19

Trump Wants To Give Loan Sharks Easier Access To The Poor
Vanity Fair, 2/6/19

CFPB Wants To Roll Back Obama-Era Restrictions On Payday Loans
New York Post, 2/6/19

Kim Lehmkuhl On Excessive CEO Pay And Stock Buybacks
Corporate Crime Reporter, 1/30/19

Howard Schultz Claims The “Center” In American Politics. Hold My Latte.
Daily Kos, 1/30/19

Fed’s Approach To Revamping Post-Crisis Rules Leaves No One Satisfied
American Banker, 1/30/19

Waters Floor Statement On Her Bipartisan Legislation To Curb Illegal Insider Trading
House Committee On Financial Services Press Office, 1/29/19

Banks Didn’t Cause The Shutdown — Why Are They On The Defensive?
American Banker, 1/25/19

Wall Street’s Hopes For The New Congress Go From Not-So-Good To Oh Dear
Bloomberg Quint, 1/23/19

Is Something Missing From The U.S. Regulatory Toolbox?
American Banker, 1/13/19

Ocasio-Cortez May Take On Wall Street, Fellow Democrats On Finance Panel
Politico Pro, 1/10/19

Another Agency Head Leaves The Trump Administration — And This One Hasn’t Even Been Confirmed Yet
CNN, 1/10/19
Also appeared on KBZK Bozeman News and Erie News Now

Federal Banking Regulators Issue Bulletin On New Student Loans Program
Providence Business News, 1/8/19

Right Freaks Out Over Ocasio-Cortez
All In With Chris Hayes, 1/7/19

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