WASHINGTON — Even before the Republican presidential debate started, it made financial news – not because of what was said, but an ad that ran during the broadcast late Tuesday night.

A group called the American Action Network bought a 30-second spot that portrayed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a Stalinist nightmare, complete with two large red banners portraying its director, Richard Cordray, and its founder, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. In the video, mindless drones in drab clothing mechanically stamp "DENIED" on consumer loans while a narrator describes the agency as "designed to interfere with your personal financial decisions." The ad ends by imploring viewers to "Tell Congress to Stop the CFPB."

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