As the popular and successful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces its gravest threat to date in the U.S. Supreme Court under a lawsuit brought by predatory lenders, government watchdog Accountable.US launched its ‘Defend American Consumers’ project that answers the question: Who are the shady special interests and conflicted lawmakers tryin
American families struggle financially while companies make record profits.
The financial industry and corporations have too much power over our economy. They work to rig the rules in their favor, spending massive amounts of money to get MAGA Republicans to do their bidding and getting richer at the expense of ordinary Americans.
Our work exposes these special interests in order to provide space for lawmakers to build a fairer economy that works for everyone.
Fighting Wall Street’s Influence
Corporations make massive profits by hurting American families using predatory practices like junk fees. Meanwhile, their industry groups are using their influence to attack consumer advocates like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the Hill and in the courts.
Our investigative research empowers Americans with the facts and helps advance economic policies that benefit everyone – not just the rich and powerful.
Analysis: During Pandemic, Debt Collection Industry Spent $2M While Lobbying Against Fixes to Medical Debt Credit Problems
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to build on its success helping everyday consumers despite facing an existential crisis in the U.S. Supreme Court under a lawsuit brought by
After an unprecedented 11 increases in 17 months, the Federal Reserve today announced a long-overdue interest rate pause, finally heeding dire warnings from a chorus of lawmakers, academics, and economists that the economy could tip towards a recession if the rate hikes continue. Government watchdog called the stoppage long overdue, citing the toll
Our project, "Defend American Consumers," uncovers the special interests behind the well-coordinated effort to defund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Building an Economy that Works for Everyone
Our investigative research shines a light on the misdeeds of corporations and special interests that push policymakers to do their bidding instead of protecting the interests of all Americans.
Exposing Corporate Greed
We shine a light on corporate profiteering, and pressure corporations and public officials to put workers and consumers first.
Pushing Back Against Predatory Practices
We call out predatory practices so American consumers can make smart decisions, and public officials can advance stronger consumer protections.
Reveal Corruption & Conflicts of Interest
We analyze campaign contributions, lobbying records, and other documents to show how public officials are in the pocket of big business.