Republicans Shut Down Obama Era Anti-Porn Banking Regulation ‘Operation Choke Point’

Aug 19, 2017
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has decided to end a controversial Obama-era program, “Operation Choke Point,” which discouraged banks from doing business with “elevated-risk” merchants.

In a letter sent to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd referred to the program as “a misguided initiative” and also said that banking regulators with the FDIC subsequently rescinded a list of “high risk” businesses.

Under Operation Choke Point, the Justice Department tried to encourage federally regulated banks to avoid doing businesses with certain get-rich-quick schemes, payday loan services and pyramid schemes. But the list of types of companies did not stop there; it also included pornography businesses, which typically involve constitutionally protected speech.

Industry attorney Lawrence Walters of Walters Law Group on Saturday said that Operation Choke Point “was a misguided governmental attempt to impose morality by denying lawful but disfavored businesses access to basic banking services.”

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