WASHINGTON — Opposition to Citigroup Inc.’s acquisition of Associates First Capital Corp. continued to mount Wednesday as another consumer group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, petitioned federal regulators to block the merger.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the regulators to finally do something more than just talking about the predatory lending problem,” Maude Hurd, president of Acorn, said in a press statement. “At the very least, they need to take adequate time to consider the community’s views, and to hold a public hearing.”

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