Consumer Protection

Consumer Protection

Consumers and good businesses thrive where there’s fair play. We must be prepared to protect our consumers when the federal government is turning its back on consumer protection, privacy, and antitrust enforcement. We need a state Attorney General who can fight for us and act as a national leader on these issues.

We can’t rely on the federal government to do this important work for us. Today, debt, predatory scams, and a lack of opportunity have undermined many people’s faith that a better future lies ahead. With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau eviscerated by President Trump, we must act together with other states1 to protect Coloradans from the forces that exploit the vulnerable every day.

The American Dream is personal to me—both my parents were the first in their families to go to college and were able to graduate without debt, thanks to scholarships, hard work, and public support for higher education. Those same support mechanisms should be available for everyone. That’s the American Dream and the Colorado promise.

And it’s something I’ll fight for as your Attorney General. I will:
  • Protect Colorado’s consumers, especially students, who face overwhelming debt as a result of simply receiving college education. When I was dean of the University of Colorado Law School, I decreased average indebtedness of law school graduates by $16,000. I will use similar strategies — and a similar commitment to ensuring economic fairness — to decrease student indebtedness across the board. Read more about my stance on consumer protection here.
  • Stand up for Coloradans harmed by the burdens of student loan debt. Under the Trump Administration, we are headed toward a resurgence2 of shady for-profit schools that have taken advantage of Coloradans (including veterans back from military service)3. This is unacceptable, and I will defend against it.
  • Challenge mergers that reduce competition and harm consumers. For example, when airlines enjoyed lower fuel prices, they didn’t pass the savings on to customers. Instead, they took in record profits and handed out large executive bonuses all while charging passengers new fees.
  • Work with private sector and non-profit groups to provide consumers with guidance on what products and services they can trust.  This is one critical role government can play to ensure that claims made by companies can be certified. I will ensure that certification programs work effectively, making certain that consumers get what they pay for and enabling such innovative public-private partnerships4.
And it’s something I’ll fight for as your Attorney General. I will:
  • Protect Colorado’s consumers, especially students, who face overwhelming debt as a result of simply receiving college education. When I was dean of the University of Colorado Law School, I decreased average indebtedness of law school graduates by $16,000. I will use similar strategies — and a similar commitment to ensuring economic fairness — to decrease student indebtedness across the board. Read more about my stance on consumer protection here.
  • Stand up for Coloradans harmed by the burdens of student loan debt. Under the Trump Administration, we are headed toward a resurgence2 of shady for-profit schools that have taken advantage of Coloradans (including veterans back from military service)3. This is unacceptable, and I will defend against it.
  • Challenge mergers that reduce competition and harm consumers. For example, when airlines enjoyed lower fuel prices, they didn’t pass the savings on to customers. Instead, they took in record profits and handed out large executive bonuses all while charging passengers new fees.
  • Work with private sector and non-profit groups to provide consumers with guidance on what products and services they can trust.  This is one critical role government can play to ensure that claims made by companies can be certified. I will ensure that certification programs work effectively, making certain that consumers get what they pay for and enabling such innovative public-private partnerships4.