Readers weigh in on the action at Wells Fargo’s annual meeting, debate the idea of changing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s name, chime in on a postal banking proposal and more.
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On the New York State Department of Financial Services calling on state-chartered banks and others to rethink ties they have with firearms-industry groups:
“Just when we thought Operation Chokepoint had been relegated to the dustbin of regulatory history, along comes this lunacy. To those banks knuckling under to this bullying, what other political corners will they allow their regulators to push them into? And at what costs to their ability to serve legal, profitable businesses? It's not the political hacks in Albany or Washington who will pay the price for these decisions.”

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On Wells Fargo's recent $1 billion fine for lapses in its auto lending and mortgage businesses:
“Textbook case for how a sales at all costs culture leads to nowhere good. Again, where were the regulators? What good is an in-house examiner if they don't find anything or why didn't they stop the bank from these practices.”

Related: Wells' $1B penalty: Regulators make good on Trump tweet
On an argument that Wells Fargo's top executives should be held accountable for their actions in connection with the $1 billion penalty:
“The executives who made the decisions to screw customers are still there. The bank needs to be broken up and New leadership hired.”

Related: Penalties levied against Wells Fargo miss top execs. Again
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
On acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s efforts to change the CFPB’s name to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection:
“If this isn't the height of pettiness, I don't know what is.”

Related: What's in a name? For Mulvaney's CFPB, quite a lot
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On California State Treasurer John Chiang calling for Wells Fargo's Tim Sloan to be removed as chief executive:
“The most pompous person in the room was California State Treasurer John Chiang. Pure politician trying to get his 15 minutes of fame.”

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York
On Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., unveiling a bill that would empower the U.S. Postal Service to take deposits and make loans:
"She wants American taxpayers to directly assume the credit risk of lending to consumers who currently don't qualify for credit from banks and credit unions? How's that working for student lending?"

Related: Gillibrand aims to 'wipe out' payday lenders with postal banking bill
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On the challenges banks and fintech companies encounter in trying to work together:
"Fintech's ability to innovate is still a challenge especially when state laws require licensing which may or may not fit the innovation. Fintechs who partner with banks reveal the excruciating compliance exercise and low risk appetite by banks to innovate. More needs to be done at the legislative and regulation levels to drive innovation."

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On the comments about lobbying and campaign contributions that have the CFPB's Mick Mulvaney in hot water with Democrats:
"This is only a 'gift to democrats' because so many politicians and political proponents like to twist the truth into a lie. All politicians should be ashamed that they allowed this to be the norm in Washington."

Related: Mulvaney’s unexpected gift to Democrats
Tax exempt credit unions bank fight
On growing questions over whether credit unions should be taxed like banks:
"Credit Union arguments are smoke and mirrors. They offer low rates to car dealers for indirect auto paper--but these low rates do not go to consumers, they go to auto dealers. Their profits are lower because they are inefficient---high overhead, large buildings and officer salaries and benefits. Commercial lending does not help small consumers yet they do a lot and want to do more. it is time to level the field and let them compete with banks using the same tax rates."

Related: Do credit unions still warrant a tax exemption?