If you’ve stumbled across the website ConsumersUnderAttack.org, feel free to keep surfing. The website was recently launched by a coalition of left-wing activist groups to mislead the public about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its acting director, Mick Mulvaney.
While the coalition—which includes Allied Progress, Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), and the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL)—touts the website as an “educational resource,” the rhetoric is anything but impartial. On one page, the coalition describes Mulvaney as a “payday industry puppet” and criticizes him for supporting “financial bottom-feeders.” On another, the coalition criticizes his “anti-consumer agenda.”
The coalition only offers an education on left-wing activism. Allied Progress is run by Karl Frisch, a self-described “progressive” and longtime Democrat. According to his bio, he has “worked for a host of Democratic candidates, party committees, and progressive advocacy organizations on the local, state, and national levels.” AFR is hardly less partisan: The group’s executive and steering committees feature a host of union officials, liberal think tank representatives, and even a member of National People’s Action—a socialist group that advocates for universal healthcare and “climate justice.” And don’t forget CRL, which is funded by George Soros, the Ford Foundation, and other liberal mega-donors.
The “Consumers Under Attack” campaign’s goal is not to educate us. It’s just to smear Republicans.