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Center for Consumer Freedom: Center for ‘Responsible’ Lending Statistics on Short-Term Payday Loans Miss the Mark

From the press release:

“Here we go again. The Center for Responsible Lending uses scary voodoo numbers like 400% interest that have no basis in reality to try and score a cheap political point,” said Tim Miller, communications director at the Center for Consumer Freedom. “It is intellectually dishonest to call a $15 fee on a $100 loan 400% interest. It is even more brazen to make that claim when the legislation CRL references would make it illegal for borrowers to roll loans over enough times to even approach that percentage. What CRL doesn’t tell you is that their own 2007 study shows that short-term payday lenders received 16.4% interest on their loans.”


“This shouldn’t be surprising from an organization that was founded by subprime lending billionaires who invented so-called “Pick-a-Payment” adjustable rate mortgages. CRL is currently the advocacy arm of a billion-dollar financial network that is a direct competitor of the short-term loan industry, and which charges its customers fees for services that cost more than short-term payday loans.”

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CRL supports bans, opposes consumer protections

The new press release by the Center for Responsible Lending ignores the facts and rattles on about rollovers and back-to-back transactions.  Ironically, the federal bills supported by CRL do not offer any consumer protections, they simply ban the product.  If CRL’s issue is with loan rollovers, they should support consumer protections that would help consumers avoid rollovers and back-to-back transactions. With protections such as an extended payment plan, customers would not have a need to rollover a loan or enter into a back-to-back transaction.


But, unfortunately for consumers, CRL doesn’t want consumer protections.  They just want to ban payday lending.  As they’ve admitted, “driving the practice of payday lending out of the state—not simply reining in interest rates” is CRL’s goal.

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Press release: States do a good job regulating payday lenders

Veritec, a regulatory services company, issued a press release today on state regulation of payday lending.

“We are concerned that states considering regulation and enforcement of consumer protections may be swayed by misinformation from CRL. Veritec supports effective regulation of short-term lending that provides borrower access to short-term credit products with enforcement of consumer protections. State bans on short-term credit products often have an unintentional consequence of helping unregulated lenders, such as off-shore Internet lenders, by eliminating a consumer’s option to choose a regulated product,” said Mr. Reinheimer. “To better illustrate this, all anyone has to do is to search the Internet for loans available in rate cap states and see that unregulated, unlicensed activity is alive and well.”

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New report from Consumers Rights League: Predatory Charity Strikes Again

Predatory Charity Strikes Again

Self-Helping “Center for Responsible Lending” Cynically Cherrypicks Data to Play “Race Card” in Effort to Push Bogus Consumer Regulations

On March 26, 2009 the Center for Responsible Lending issued a troubling report titled “Predatory Profiling: The Role of Race and Ethnicity in the Location of Payday Lenders in California.” The group is right to seek “efforts to help low- and moderate-income families build emergency savings…” However, a careful analysis of the “study” reveals that there are grave problems with the group’s methodology, assumptions, and motivations.

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My Name is the Center for Responsible Lending, and I’m Here to Deceive You!

New article from Bloggernews.

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Who is Herb Sandler?

From Townhall.com:

Just who is the man Herb Sandler? First he’s embroiled in scandal and second he’s a liberal financier of left-wing causes. I posted back on Feb. 16th the story from 60 Minutes that him and his wife bilked people into engaging in loans where their payments didn’t even cover the interest on the loan — so these poor people got poorer and poorer every time they made a house payment.

And why did he found Center for Responsible Lending?

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CRL founders named as “25 people to blame for financial crisis”

Time Magazine lists Herb and Marion Sandler, founders of the Center for Responsible Lending, as one of the 25 most “blameworthy.”

Herb and Marion Sandler

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Center for Irresponsible Lending?

Just stumbled upon a new website that details CRL’s connections with the sub prime mortgage crisis.

Irresponsible Lending


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60 Minutes’ “World of Trouble” Profiles Herb and Marion Sandler

The actions of Herb and Marion Sandler, founders of the Center for Responsible Lending, were discussed in a segment on 60 Minutes last night.

Both the transcript and full video segment are available online.

An excerpt:

In fact, Herb and Marion Sandler were legendary. In 1963, they started Golden West Financial and grew to 285 branches under the name World Savings. The Sandlers’ were known for careful, conservative lending. They’ve given away millions of dollars to charity and started an advocacy group for low income borrowers called the Center for Responsible Lending.

In 2006, just before the housing crash, the Sandlers sold their bank to Wachovia and pocketed $2.3 billion.

Trouble is, some of their money came from people like Betty Townes, who is financially ruined after being sold a series of World Savings mortgages she couldn’t afford.

Reminds me of an old Alanis Morissette song.

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Have You Heard The One About The ‘Responsible Lenders’?

From the Center for Consumer Freedom:

There’s a new school of anti-consumer-choice advocacy, and it’s taken the model of professional busybodyism beyond our menus and into our wallets. Leading the charge is a group that may be as deceptive, meddling, and filthy rich as any other group you’ve seen here: the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).

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