Tuesday, May 9, 2023

GOP attorneys general allege JPMorgan discriminating against people on political, religious grounds

The attorneys general said Chase "de-banked a preeminent religious liberty organization" last year.

By Madeleine Hubbard

Nineteen Republican state attorneys general say JPMorgan Chase & Co. is discriminating against people for their religious or political beliefs and calling up the bank to stop. 

Chase "has persistently discriminated against certain customers due to their religious or political affiliation," the state officials wrote in a letter Tuesday led by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. "This discrimination is unacceptable. Chase must stop such behavior and align its business practices with the anti-discrimination policies that Chase proclaims."

The attorneys general said Chase last year "de-banked a preeminent religious liberty organization" and that least two other similar incidents have occurred at the bank.

The National Committee for Religious Freedom – whose advisory board includes Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim members – allegedly had its checking account shut down by Chase weeks after the group opened its account.

Chase's credit card processor also allegedly terminated the account of the conservative, pro-life Family Council in 2021. That same year, Chase's WePay allegedly refused to provide services to a conservative group but only reversed the decision after pressure from Missouri's treasurer. 

"This pattern of discrimination means that many Kentuckians, and many residents of the states represented by the signatories to this letter, are at risk of being de-banked without notice or recourse," the letter also states.

The other attorneys general who signed the letter are from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.


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