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Wed May 16, 2018, 07:39 PM

 

FTC names lawyer who represented Facebook and Equifax as consumer protection chief

Source: The Hill

05/16/18 07:23 PM EDT

The GOP-led Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has tapped as its consumer protection chief an industry lawyer who has represented companies like Facebook and Equifax, both of which are under investigation by the agency for mishandling user data.

Andrew Smith was named bureau chief Wednesday after a 3-2 party-line vote among the among the agency’s commissioners. Chairman Joseph Simons blasted the two Democrats on the commission for their “unprecedented opposition” to Smith’s appointment.

“I am disappointed that two of my new colleagues have chosen to turn Mr. Smith’s appointment into a source of unnecessary controversy,” Simons said in a statement. “I am highly confident that Mr. Smith will be an effective leader of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. He is widely respected as one of our country’s best and most experienced consumer protection lawyers.”

Simons dismissed concerns about Smith’s record, saying that most of the bureau’s work is handled by career staffers who will be able to take up the slack in the event that Smith must recuse himself from an investigation. An FTC spokesman did not respond when asked if what matters Smith would recuse himself from.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/388069-ftc-names-lawyer-who-represented-facebook-and-equifax-as-consumer



Vulpine Mr Smith Goes To The Henhouse.

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luc mont May 2018 OP
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Response to luc mont (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 07:48 PM

1. Sure, Why the fuck not?

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Wed May 16, 2018, 07:59 PM

2. yep, draining the ol swamp

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Response to luc mont (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 08:41 PM

3. He's "one of the best and most experienced consumer protection lawyers"?

Working for the other side doesn't count, Mr. Simons.

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Response to luc mont (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 10:24 PM

4. So, Repugs hired ANOTHER Chief of an agency who probably might have to recuse himself. whow!!

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Response to luc mont (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 01:23 PM

5. Still staffing the swamp in yet another step to...

..."deconstruct the administrative state." - Steve Bannon, at CPAC's annual reenactment of the burning of the Reichstag, 23 Feb. 2017.

The deconstruction of decades worth of rules and regulations and the agencies that enforce them, one shitty appointment at a time, one after the other. Drip...drip...drip...

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