Republican AGs in 14 States Put Bank of America on Notice After ‘Debanking’ Conservatives

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A group of¬† Republican Attorneys General (AGs) warned Bank of America against alleged practices of “de-banking” certain customers because of their religious or political views. The AGs say that Bank of America has previously denied services to gun manufacturers and sellers, ‘fossil-fuel’ producers, contractors for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and private prisons and related services. Their letter cited recent news reports that Bank of America cooperated with the FBI and US Treasury to profile conservative and religious Americans as potential domestic terrorists.

The group of AGs are from these states: Mississippi, Idaho, Iowa, Alabama, Utah, Texas, Montana, Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina, South Dakota, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska. Their letter asked that Bank of America provide them with a written report about their account-cancellation policies and whether Bank of America considers a customer’s speech or religious exercise as a component of those policies. The AGs also asked that the bank update its terms of service to state that it does not discriminate against customers for their religious or political views or speech.

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Over a dozen¬†Republican attorneys general¬†are warning a major U.S. bank against alleged practices of “de-banking” certain customers because of their¬†religious or political views.¬†

In a letter obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, along with 14 of his Republican colleagues told Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan that the company “appears to be conditioning access to its services on customers having the bank‚Äôs preferred religious or political views.”

“Your discriminatory behavior is a serious threat to free speech and religious freedom, is potentially illegal, and is causing political and regulatory backlash,” the letter sent Monday states. “Your bank needs¬†to be transparent with and assure us, its shareholders, and others that it will not continue to de-bank customers for their speech or religious exercise,” the AGs wrote.

Media relations representative, Bill Halldin, denied the claims in a statement saying, “Religious beliefs are not a factor in any account-closing decision.”

“We are proud to provide banking services to non-profit organizations affiliated with diverse faith communities throughout the United States,” he said.¬†

The AGs claim that Bank of America has previously denied services to gun manufacturers, distributors, and sellers, fossil-fuel producers, contractors for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and private prisons and related services.

The letter cites recent news reports that the bank cooperated with the FBI and U.S. Treasury to profile conservative and religious Americans as potential domestic terrorists. 

“Bank of America‚Äôs practice of canceling the bank accounts of conservatives and even turning over information about customer‚Äôs purchases to federal law enforcement undermines free speech, religious freedom, and the right to privacy,” Kobach told Fox News Digital.¬†

“It‚Äôs discriminatory and likely illegal. As state attorneys general, we will vigorously defend the constitutional rights of all Americans when they are threatened by big business.”

“Those agencies outrageously used innocuous information‚ÄĒsuch as whether someone shopped at outdoor stores, supported Trump, purchased religious texts, had conservative views on COVID-19 or immigration, or associated with groups like Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, and the Ruth Institute, which champion mainstream views on free speech, religious freedom, and life‚ÄĒto tar ordinary Americans as potential domestic terrorists,” the letter states.¬†

The letter also cites a report from the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government which found that Bank of America “willingly participated in financial surveillance” and voluntarily shared confidential customer information without a warrant and without notifying its customers.¬†

“We are deeply concerned that Bank of America is willing to cooperate in the infringement of its customers‚Äô constitutional and privacy rights to help federal law enforcement surveil and target millions of conservative Americans, many of whom live in our states,” the letter states.¬†

But Bank of America said that it “followed all applicable laws in our interactions with the Trump Administration‚Äôs Treasury Department and law enforcement. “

“These interactions began when the Trump Administration‚Äôs Treasury Department urgently gathered major banks and law enforcement on Jan. 15, 2021 and shared information regarding potential criminal activity that could disrupt the upcoming inauguration. We have cooperated with the committee as they evaluate whether the laws we complied with should be changed,” the company said.

The AGs wrote that “as attorneys general of our respective states, we take great interest in protecting a culture of free speech within our borders,” noting that Bank of America is the second-largest bank in the country and have nearly 15% of all domestic deposits.¬†

“You appear to be using this power to punish conservative and religious customers by handing their data over to federal law enforcement and even canceling their accounts. This not only undermines free speech and religious freedom, but also is potentially illegal and could lead to investigations, litigation, regulation, and political backlash,” they wrote.¬†

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Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
2 months ago

THE FBI NEEDS TO BE CENSURED

Tom Ball
Tom Ball
2 months ago
Reply to  Milton Farrow

The communists and traitors need to be rooted out and the organization rebuilt from the ground up.
But first you need to learn to recognize the ingratiating two faced predators that have been interloping for decades preying on our trust and gullibility.

Tom Ball
Tom Ball
2 months ago

Who would ever have thought of using the banking industry as a weapon, except maybe a bunch of usurers?

Tom Ball
Tom Ball
2 months ago

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