Shot & Chaser: So… About the Congressional Hearings Into the Equifax Data Breach

Shot:

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling promises to hold hearing on Equifax data breach.

Chaser:

Equifax’s PAC has given $67,000 to current Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee over the course of their congressional careers, including $16,500 to Chairman Hensarling.

Make It a Double:

Those same Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee recently voted to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new rule on forced arbitration. Had the rule been in place before this breach, Equifax customers would be free to join together and go to court and the company couldn’t force existing or new customers into secret arbitration tribunals where panels, often hand picked by industry, call the shots.

Karl Frisch, Executive Director of Allied Progress released the following statement: “It’s no surprise that Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee have led the charge against the arbitration rule and other consumer protections after taking thousands from Equifax and other shady financial institutions. If they want anyone to take these hearings seriously, they should give back every penny they have taken from Equifax and call on their Republican colleagues in the Senate to drop their attacks on the CFPB’s arbitration rule.”

BACKGROUND

HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE VOTED

On July 25, the U.S. House voted to approve H.J. Res. 111 a resolution to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule on forced arbitration. The measure passed along an almost entirely party line vote (231 to 190) with all Republicans from the House Financial Services Committee voting in favor of repeal. [House.gov, H.J.Res.  111, Accessed 9/8/17.]

EQUIFAX EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS

Sean Duffy received two contributions from Equifax employees totaling $1,500. [Political Moneyline Search for Equifax Employee Contributions to Sean Duffy, accessed 09/08/17]

Donor Occupation Date Amount Recipient
Robert Belair Equifax Senior Vice President 02/24/13 $500 DUFFY, SEAN
Robert Belair Equifax Senior Vice President 05/11/11 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN

EQUIFAX PAC CONTRIBUTIONS 

Equifax’s PAC has given $67,000 to current Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee over the course of their congressional careers, including:

  • Sean Patrick Duffy has received $8,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 02/11/15 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/25/15 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 12/03/15 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/14/16 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/15/13 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/24/14 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/10/14 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/05/11 $1,000 DUFFY, SEAN
  • Thomas Emmer has received $1,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/03/15 $1,000 EMMER, THOMAS EARL JR
  • Jeb Hensarling has received $16,500 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/24/17 $1,000 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/19/15 $1,000 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/26/13 $2,500 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 10/19/10 $1,000 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 04/29/09 $1,000 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/23/08 $2,000 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 04/25/07 $2,000 HENSARLING, JEB HON.
EQUIFAX POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/13/06 $2,000 HENSARLING, JEB MR.
EQUIFAX POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/19/05 $2,000 HENSARLING, JEB MR.
EQUIFAX POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/14/04 $2,000 HENSARLING, THOMAS JEB
  • James French Hill has received $1,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/03/15 $1,000 HILL, JAMES FRENCH
  • Bill Huizenga has received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/27/13 $1,000 HUIZENGA, WILLIAM P THE HON.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 12/18/13 $1,000 HUIZENGA, WILLIAM P THE HON.
  • Peter King has received $500 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (EQUIPAC) 10/06/95 $500 KING, PETER THOMAS
  • Barry Loudermilk has received $3,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 04/01/16 $1,000 LOUDERMILK, BARRY
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/03/16 $1,000 LOUDERMILK, BARRY
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/02/14 $1,000 LOUDERMILK, BARRY
  • Mia Love has received $1,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of her Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/03/15 $1,000 LOVE, MIA
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer has received $6,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 04/26/17 $1,000 LUETKEMEYER, W BLAINE
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/27/17 $1,000 LUETKEMEYER, W BLAINE
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 03/04/15 $1,000 LUETKEMEYER, W BLAINE
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 04/14/16 $1,000 LUETKEMEYER, W BLAINE
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 12/18/13 $1,000 LUETKEMEYER, W BLAINE
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 10/10/14 $1,000 LUETKEMEYER, W BLAINE
  • Bruce Poliquin has received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 03/23/15 $1,000 POLIQUIN, BRUCE L
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/03/15 $1,000 POLIQUIN, BRUCE L
  • Dennis Ross has received $1,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/13/16 $1,000 ROSS, DENNIS ALAN
  • Keith Rothfus has received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17] 
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 04/11/17 $1,000 ROTHFUS, KEITH MR.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/02/17 $1,000 ROTHFUS, KEITH MR.
  • Ed Royce has received $13,500 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/13/13 $1,000 ROYCE, ED MR
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/21/11 $1,000 ROYCE, ED MR
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 03/13/08 $3,000 ROYCE, ED MR
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/21/07 $2,000 ROYCE, ED MR
EQUIFAX POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/10/06 $2,500 ROYCE, ED MR
EQUIFAX POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 05/26/05 $2,000 ROYCE, ED MR
EQUIFAX POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/14/04 $2,000 ROYCE, ED MR
  • Steve Stivers has received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/09/14 $1,000 STIVERS, STEVE MR.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 02/28/12 $1,000 STIVERS, STEVE MR.
  • Rep. Ann Wagner has received $6,500 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of her Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 03/16/17 $1,000 WAGNER, ANN L.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 03/03/15 $1,000 WAGNER, ANN L.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 07/10/13 $1,000 WAGNER, ANN L.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 10/26/13 $1,500 WAGNER, ANN L.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 06/10/14 $1,000 WAGNER, ANN L.
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/09/14 $1,000 WAGNER, ANN L.
  • Rep. Roger Williams has received $1,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax’s PAC over the course of his Congressional career. [Equifax PAC Campaign Contributions, Federal Elections Commission, accessed 09/08/17]
Donor Date Amount Candidate
EQUIFAX INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 09/10/13 $1,000 WILLIAMS, ROGER

 

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