THE AMERICAN COLLECTORS
Beware of the American Collectors Association; an association of
approximately 3,700 organizations, over 65,000 individual members, who is
having many of it's associates and members bombard politicians with letters,
faxes, email, and money in support of it's efforts to amend and change laws
that currently protect consumers from Illegal Debt Collection
A major efforts of ACA is, their, "ACPAC"
Collectors Political Action Committee) raises money for
Contributions to Federal Candidates. Republicans ho!
They registered it as "Bi-Partisan." You look at the money and
see if it looks that way? The American Collectors Association is
using this Political Action Committee to try and get Bills passed that, I
feel, will hurt Consumers. I strongly disagree with these efforts
by The American Collectors Association.
ACA's Political Action Committee (PAC) called "ACPACT," which is Pro-Debt
Collector, has raised allot of money and contributed hundreds of thousands
of dollars to politicians over the years in hopes it would help their
efforts to get their proposed amendments to the current laws that protect
consumers from illegal debt collection practices passed.
can see the FEC (Federal Election Committee) reports, the big dollar donations
that were made to politicians to pass laws that take away our rights and
the protection we are afforded now.
If ACA can get away with helping to amend the laws that currently
protect consumer rights, it will do away with important consumer rights that
were established to protect citizens from illegal debt collection
American Collectors Association was quoted as saying, they feel the
current law that protects consumers should be amended because of many frivolous
suits for technical violations. I do not agree with ACA.
Why should ACA worry anyway? They have a Membership Attorney
Program (MAP), with hundreds of attorneys available that will defend members.
Best Justice Money Can Buy. What is done now will effect and decide
what kind of future our children will have.
Too many things are hidden from the people. Something has to done
about it! We cannot allow any law that protects a consumers rights
to be amended in a way that would take away these rights of protection
which has been established with standards and measurements in place to protect
consumers from illegal debt collection practices. We
cannot allow the penalties, fines, and/or consequences to be reduced
for violations of the law (our rights). Exempting certain types of
debts, reducing the penalties for violations of the debt collection
laws, or taking away from the current law is all wrong.
It's all about money and power (one and the same to many). The
Banks, The Credit & Collection Industry, and The Credit Bureau want
to control everything.
Just look at these resent attempts at changing the current law
that protects us. These kind of bills proposed in the Senate and
the House (H.R.837 and H.R.1059 and S.1405(sec207), if passed, would Abolish
a consumers right to a 30 day "Grace Period", also known as the "Debt Validation
Period," Exempt Student Loans, Exempt Consumer Government Debts, Exempt Checks,
and Exempt Home Loans in non judicial default, from the Federal Law that
currently protects consumers from illegal debt collection practices.
If we allow bills like
Senate Bill 1405
section 207. House Bill 837, and/or House Bill 1059 (same as H.R.1059)
to pass, we can forget about many of our rights, privacy, fairness or relief
as we know it. Click on the titles below and See For Yourself
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These House Bills,
and H.R. 837
were introduced by Republican
House Rep. Spencer Bachus,
of Alabama, (who has taken many contributions from ACA's ACPAC over the
years) and he has proposed amending the law that protects
consumers from illegal debt collection practices two times.
If you would like to let the lawmakers know that you are against amending
the law that protects consumers against illegal debt collection practices,
double click with your mouse on the contact button below and email the lawmakers.
The new guidelines proposed mandate that "unless the debtor disputes
the debt", the debt collector may proceed. The consumer, their family,
friends, and coworkers could be harassed until the consumer proves they are
innocent and/or (disputing the bill).
Even if a consumer is innocent, the consumer would have to take
the time, energy, and expense to prove they are not guilty, (Innocent through
a dispute process) and if they are innocent, they still get the shaft because
they do not get paid for being hassle, and the time, energy, and expense
they had to put out.
Some Lawmakers do not think the law that protects consumers from
the bill collectors who use high pressure tactics, harassment, abuse, false
or misleading representations , invasions of privacy, illegal access to private,
privileged and confidential information and the use of unfair practices,
threats and other illegal deceptive debt collection practices is
A very important consideration is that they may be able to list the
account on the Credit Bureau on day one in default and the consumer can have
a heck of a time clearing that off their Credit Bureau Report, even if it
is paid. The listing, in many cases can be listed as a paid collection account
for up to seven years.
Currently a Debt Collector can get in hot water for listing a consumers
account in a derogatory way on the Credit Bureau within the first 30 days
of placement of an alleged debt with its company because of two laws called
the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, " FDCPA" was established
to stop the high increases of bankruptcy, divorce and the horrible abuses
that many illegal debt collectors cause. American Collectors Association's
"ACPAC" Look at how much money exchanged hands in this effort to amend the
law that protects use from debt collector abuses. Click Here and use your
back button to return
Banking Committee votes on the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices
Act Proposed Amendments, and is a very powerful Committee.
Gramm is the
new Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee replacing Senator D'Amato (from
NY). He is the main Politician to contact and tell how you feel about
illegal debt collection practices