WASHINGTON — The Greenlining Institute has joined the list of consumer activists objecting to Citigroup Inc.’s proposed purchase of Associates First Capital Corp.

In a protest letter sent Monday, the group urged federal banking regulators to delay or block the deal until the companies clean up their lending practices and more than double their community reinvestment commitments nationwide. The letter pointed out that federal authorities and at least five states are investigating Associates’ lending to high-risk borrowers.

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