Duplicate messages demanding mercy on payday lenders overwhelms regulators

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Federal regulators have been inundated with messages calling for looser restrictions on payday lenders — and lots of them look alike.

The Client Monetary Safety Bureau has acquired about 27,000 messages urging regulators to ease proposed Obama-era restrictions on short-term, high-interest loans — and hundreds of them are duplicates, apparently created through pre-written letters equipped by the payday mortgage business, in response to client group Allied Progress.

Whereas the duplicate messages seem to fall on either side of the difficulty, the overwhelming majority of these surveyed by The Publish — possibly 9 out of 10 — seem to name for deregulation of payday lenders.

Allied Progress, which is in opposition to loosening payday mortgage guidelines, launched a report Tuesday displaying that not less than 7,000 of the messages share private tales about how payday loans helped them — and are copied verbatim tons of of instances.

“I borrow from Money Connection to assist preserve my house. I wanted to exchange my scorching water tank,” is language present in not less than 216 letters, signed with names like Wanda Rix and Susan Rust. “Borrowing a small mortgage permits me to depart my different cash alone in order that I can nonetheless pay my common payments.”

A consultant from Money Connection didn’t return a request for remark.

The flood of messages has come virtually fully since Might 3, simply weeks earlier than the Might 15 deadline, when the general public remark interval for the controversial guidelines would shut, in response to the dates of the letters posted by the CFPB.

Regulators are required by legislation to learn by means of and contemplate all public feedback about new guidelines — which may drag down the method.

Marisol Garibay, a CFPB spokeswoman, didn’t reply to an e-mail looking for remark.