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Operation Choke Point FOIA (CFSP PDF)

As we’ve previously advised you, while processing your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 30, 2014, for correspondence pertaining to Operation Choke Point, the Civil Division located eighty-seven pages of material which it referred to this Office for processing and direct response to you. The Civil Division administrative tracking number for this request is Civil No. 145-FOI-13221. For your information, these documents were received in this Office on July 24, 2014. This response is made on behalf of the Office of Legislative Affairs


Greene Responsive Docs. Civil Redacted (CFSP PDF)

The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the American people from fraudulent practices in all industries - without exception. To the extent we have evidence that an entity is violating federal law by engaging in or facilitating fraudulent conduct, we will take appropriate measure to combat that conduct.


Documents About Financial Censorship Under Operation Choke Point Show Concern from Congress, Provide Few Answers

EFF recently received dozens of pages of documents in response to a FOIA request we submitted about Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice project to pressure banks and financial institutions into cutting off service to certain businesses. Unfortunately, the response from the Department of Justice leaves many questions unanswered.


Operation Choke Point Targets Businesses Liberals Don’t Like

On some level, the left knows the country is not buying what it’s selling. Liberals hold fewer electoral offices at the federal, state and local level than at any time in the last century. Their sole significant legislative victory of the last 20 years – Obamacare – passed in the dead of night on Christmas Eve without a single Republican vote.


Gangster government: Dan Bongino wants to know why no one is reporting on Operation Choke Point - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/comm

The "Renegade Republican" Dan Bongino can’t believe this story is being ignored. Filling in for CR's editor in chief on "The Mark Levin Show," Bongino brought attention to a story from The Wall Street Journal about Operation Choke Point — the Obama-Lynch Justice Department’s scandalous, mafia-like extortion of businesses the Left loves to target. - https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/12/gangster-government-dan-bongino-wants-to-know-why-no-one-is-reporting-this-story


The House Should Be Commended For Effort To Stop Operation Choke Point

On February 4 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015, a bill sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.). The passage of this bill (H.R. 766) marks the culmination of a two-year effort aimed at shutting down the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point.


Operation Choke Point: The Government's Covert War on Small Business

Banks are sending notices of account closure out to small businesses across the country, to clients they've done business with for years, even decades. The reason? They often don't provide one. But a growing number of business owners believe they know why they're being cut off from the financial system. It's Operation Choke Point, ostensibly an attempt to crack down on fraudulent businesses, but in reality a dragnet that has ensnared innocent entrepreneurs unfairly classified as "high-risk" players.


ATTENTION OPERATION CHOKE POINT VICTIMS

It continues to be important for Members of Congress to hear directly from those companies who have been harmed by Operation Choke Point -- especially from those whose banking account relationships have been terminated and have found it difficult/impossible to replace them. And, most unfortunately, for those companies who have been forced to close down stores as a result of this unlawful federal initiative. As part of our efforts, it would be helpful for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and his staff to hear directly from you re. how your business has been affected by Operation Choke Point. OPEN THIS ARTICLE FOR THE US CONGRESSIONAL CHOKE POINT LINK. PLEASE SHARE - EVERY STORY IS IMPORTANT


FDIC retreats on Operation Choke Point?

In what seems to be a retreat from its Operation Choke Point initiative, the FDIC has announced new regulatory guidance that instructs banks to judge their relationships with their customers on a case-by-case basis, rather than refusing to provide banking services to entire categories of industries.


Operation Choke Point - Investigative Reporter

Remember President Nixon’s “enemies” list? He was caught targeting his foes by passing names to the IRS and had “plumbers” fix the leaks. Flash forward 40 years and face “Operation Choke Point” another program fixated on personal revenge. While there isn’t a direct link to President Obama (yet), the program appears to show collaboration between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to rid the country of businesses “they deem morally unacceptable.” Businesses like firearms retailers, ammunition manufactures, pawnbrokers, PayDay loan companies and tobacco retailers---all lawful industries within their respective states.


FinCEN Releases Statement Encouraging Banks to Offer Services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs)

In what may be good news for emerging virtual currency companies and emerging payments companies, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) released a public statement yesterday regarding the willingness of banks to offer accounts to Money Service Businesses (“MSBs”).


FinCEN Statement on Providing Banking Services to Money Services

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), as the agency primarily responsible for administering the Bank Secrecy Act, is issuing this Statement to reiterate expectations regarding banking institutions’ obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act for money services businesses.


Issa, Jordan Probe Federal Regulators' Role in Operation Choke Point, Uncover Evidence of FDIC Pressuring Banks

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio yesterday requested information from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry on the involvement by federal banking regulators in the multiple federal agency initiative known as "Operation Choke Point." In Operation Choke Point, the Administration encouraged banks to terminate the accounts of legal businesses that they considered objectionable. While the administration has denied that it pressured banks to cease relationships with specific legal industries, the Committee found evidence that the FDIC encourage a target bank to terminate all relationships with payday lenders.


This Document Proves Operation Choke Point Exists (If You Had Any Doubt)

A House committee today released a letter showing government regulators pressuring an Ohio bank to terminate all relationships with payday lenders. “[W]e have generally found that activities related to payday lending are unacceptable for an insured depository institution,” wrote Anthony Lowe, regional director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, wrote in the letter dated Feb. 15, 2013. The FDIC, with more than 7,000 employees, is responsible for regulating and auditing more than 4,500 U.S. banks. According to a May 29 report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which released the letter, the FDIC is one of the main regulatory agencies involved in executing the Department of Justice-coordinated initiative known as Operation Choke Point.


Republican Lawmakers Demand Answers From Justice Department on Operation Choke Point

Thirty members of Congress demanded today that the Department of Justice launch an “immediate investigation” into the agency’s own Operation Choke Point and those involved in creating and implementing the initiative against enterprises that are out of favor with the Obama administration. Led by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., the 30 lawmakers sent a letter to Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, and Robin Ashton, head of its Office of Professional Responsibility, calling Choke Point a “blatant abuse of legal authority.”


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