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In addition to posting articles from and about the original ACORN, we have been adding articles about issues closely tied to those championed by the former ACORN organization.  We’ve started a blog to help keep up with current events regarding consumer rights, housing, voting, and other issues.

Kraninger Confirmed as CFPB Head

On December 6, 2018, the US Senate confirmed Kathy Kraninger’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the next five years. The vote was 50-49.

Kraninger has no background, no experience, no qualifications, and no apparent interest in consumer protection issues or financial services oversight. As The National Review put it back in July, "Law students currently doing summer clerkships at the CFPB will have more experience with consumer-credit regulation than the nominee to lead the bureau."

2020 Census Citizenship Question

On November 27, 2018, Judge Jesse M. Furman (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) heard closing arguments in a case that may decide whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross. Jr. has the authority to alter the Census by adding a question about citizenship.

According to email messages, internal memos, and interviews, Ross began a campaign to add the question soon after his appointment in 2017. Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach urged him multiple times to add the question.

Election 2018: Voter Registration

What if you know that you’re registered to vote, but they can’t find you in the poll books when you go to vote? 

As of May 18, 2018, 18 states and the District of Columbia have same-day voter registration: CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, ID, IL, IA, ME, MD, MN, MT, NH, NC, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY. 

To make sure you can vote in these states even if your previous registration has “disappeared”, be sure to take along your ID and a current proof of residence.  Check your state voter information for a list of allowed documents, but generally it’s a valid form of ID (often a photo ID, the list varies by state), and proof of current address (such as a current utility bill, bank statement, copy of a lease/mortgage payment). …

CFPB: Student Loan Ombudsman Resigns

On August 27, 2018 Seth Frotman, Student Loan Ombudsman at the CFPB since 2016, resigned. He had been instrumental in returning over $750 million to students who had been defrauded by student loan services. 

Frotman came to the CFPB from the Treasury Department in 2011 as part of the team tasked with creating the new agency. He began in the Office of Servicemembers Affairs where he helped crack down on lenders and retailers who preyed on service members.

When Dodd-Frank was passed into law, it included a specific position for a Student Loan Ombudsman to deal with the increasing number of cases of fraud by student loan services. …

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