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Porn Stars: Attorney General Eric Holder May Have Closed Your Bank Accounts (plus guns & ammunition)
PJ Media ^ | May 1, 2014 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 05/01/2014 10:51:50 AM PDT by jazusamo

Porn stars say that JP Morgan Chase bank has been quietly closing their bank accounts.

The skin flick starlets, including Penthouse Pet Teagan Presley, “Cougarland” actress Veronica Avluv and “White House Orgy” actress Layton Benton, are using Twitter to bash the bank over a recent rash of account closure notices.

Presley, whose real name is Ashley Erickson, said her April 16 letter gave no reason for her termination. The bank also is closing her husband’s personal account and their two business accounts, including one for their studio Skinworxxx, she said.

“I’m just upset and still in shock it’s even happening. I’m not doing anything illegal,” Presley told the Daily News.

Porn is a declining but lucrative industry, not so much for those on screen, but it’s still a billion dollar industry.

It’s apparently one of about 30 industries that the US Justice Department is choking out of banks to shut them down entirely via Operation Choke Point, according to Vice News .

In 2011, the FDIC listed 30 “ merchant categories that have been associated with high-risk activity ,” likening pornography to Ponzi schemes, racist materials, “lifetime guarantees,” and sales of fireworks and tobacco.

But it’s Operation Choke Point that researchers say is the force behind banks threatening to close payday lenders’ accounts unless they go out of business.

At a March hearing before a Senate Banking subcommittee, the Washington Post reported, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) said “there is a determined effort, from [the Justice Department] to the regulators… to cut off credit and use other tactics to force [payday lenders] out of business. I find that deeply troubling because it has no statutory basis, no statutory authority.”

The FDIC lists the 30 industries that have been targeted. They are:

  • Ammunition Sales
  • Cable Box De-scramblers
  • Coin Dealers
  • Credit Card Schemes
  • Credit Repair Services
  • Dating Services
  • Debt Consolidation Scams
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Escort Services
  • Firearms Sales
  • Fireworks Sales
  • Get Rich Products
  • Government Grants
  • Home-Based Charities
  • Life-Time Guarantees
  • Life-Time Memberships
  • Lottery Sales
  • Mailing Lists/Personal Info
  • Money Transfer Networks
  • On-line Gambling
  • PayDay Loans
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Pornography
  • Pyramid-Type Sales
  • Racist Materials
  • Surveillance Equipment
  • Telemarketing
  • Tobacco Sales
  • Travel Clubs

It seems that rather than go to the trouble of passing laws to target industries that the government has deemed politically incorrect, or even getting a regulation through an agency that can later be challenged in court, the government is simply leaning on banks to cut off accounts. Over time, if enough banks cooperate, these industries would go away or at least be forced farther underground.

There are certainly some skeevy, but legal, industries on that list: telemarketers, purveyors of racist materials, and so forth. And isn’t it strange that while some states are legalizing pot, the FDIC is targeting tobacco sales?

Two of the items on the list ought to rise even more concern than the closure of porn star bank accounts: ammunition sales and firearm sales.

Law-abiding, non-porn star Americans purchase both firearms and ammunition online every single day. Not only are they part of a legal industry, they are part of a legal industry that is enshrined in the Constitution as a civil right. The Obama administration has been hostile to the Second Amendment from the beginning, and President Obama himself infamously told gun control supporters at the Brady Center that he was working on their behalf “under the radar.”

Was Operation Choke Point the “under the radar” scheme that he was talking about? Is Operation Choke Point part morality police, part skeevy government game to disarm Americans?

If a porn star decides to sue JP Morgan Chase for closing their account, the discovery process should turn up some very interesting stuff.

h/t Chicks on the Right



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: ag; bananarepublic; banglist; banks; doj; fdic; firstamendment; holder; obama; obamaislawless; obamalies; operationchokepoint; porn; secondamendment
I ignored them coming after 28 categories and then they came for gun and ammunition sales.
1 posted on 05/01/2014 10:51:50 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

To those who don’t understand the need for a currency not controlled by the fascists (i.e. BitCoin), this situation should be illustrative.


2 posted on 05/01/2014 10:53:28 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: jazusamo

Teagan Presley today, Sarah Palin tomorrow.


3 posted on 05/01/2014 10:54:35 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: jazusamo

How can the list of ‘30’ not having gambling sites on it?

Off shore, overseas of domestic.

Paging Harry Reid, oh that’s right, pass on those.


4 posted on 05/01/2014 10:57:33 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: jmcenanly

No Sarah is getting a bit old although still a doll in my book


5 posted on 05/01/2014 10:59:20 AM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: jazusamo

The reach of the fascists grows, like ripples in a pond. When the ripples reach your world, then you see what they are about. Stupid leftists getting hit now.


6 posted on 05/01/2014 11:00:13 AM PDT by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: jazusamo

re: Porn Stars: Attorney General Eric Holder May Have Closed Your Bank Accounts (plus guns & ammunition)

Well, we never had this particular problem when Bill Clinton was President.


7 posted on 05/01/2014 11:01:57 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: jazusamo

Those categories are wide enough to enable them to get any account closed.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 11:03:17 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: jazusamo

Was there any money on deposit. One thing to close an accounts and deny services. Totally another to also to take another person’s savings then activity to generate that saving wasn’t illegal


9 posted on 05/01/2014 11:04:07 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: jazusamo
I ignored them coming after 28 categories and then they came for gun and ammunition sales.

They already have. My brother had his Chase card denied because the item was a firearm.

10 posted on 05/01/2014 11:04:22 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: jazusamo

Plumbers
Rodeo clowns
Grizzly moms
Neurosurgeons
Dads of neurosurgeons
Arrowhead collectors
Raw milk sellers
Gun dealers
Ranchers
Cowboys
Indians
Porn stars


11 posted on 05/01/2014 11:08:21 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: 4rcane

I read an article on this yesterday though it was only regarding closing porn star accounts.

The bank sent letters informing them they had x number of days to close their accounts and if they didn’t the bank would inactivate the account.


12 posted on 05/01/2014 11:09:55 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: gaijin

Video makers
Film makers


13 posted on 05/01/2014 11:11:38 AM PDT by gaijin
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14 posted on 05/01/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

:: but it’s still a billion dollar industry. ::

Sounds like the gummint should have taken that industry over instead of health care (”start small”).

Although, on second thought, the term “ObamaPorn” kinda turns the stomach, eh?


15 posted on 05/01/2014 11:14:27 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: jazusamo

Google:

+banks+houston, tx

We have lots of banks. Lots.


16 posted on 05/01/2014 11:16:18 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: jazusamo

Can I ask a stupid question? How is this legal?

I’m not going to defend pornography, but, it’s a legal business. How can they decide that certain legal businesses will be denied banking services?

If there is money laundering, etc. going on in certain businesses, shouldn’t they do investigations of those as they gather such evidence? It gets me that they can target an entire industry and say, shut down their bank accounts, because there are some bad apples in that business.

Maybe I’m missing something also, because it sounds as if they are targeting employees who work in these businesses too. They aren’t just going after the “big fish”.

I’m sadly surprised if this is legal.


17 posted on 05/01/2014 11:17:21 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tupelo
Well, we never had this particular problem when Bill Clinton was President.

True; now they have to do everything under the table, whereas with Bill it was all under the desk.

18 posted on 05/01/2014 11:20:07 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: buffaloguy

The problem as stated in the article is the Justice Dept going to the regulators (FDIC) to cut off credit and use other tactics.

The FDIC is targeting the 30 categories listed. That could include all FDIC insured banks eventually.


19 posted on 05/01/2014 11:23:29 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

three things they really want to get rid of. ammo sales, gun sales, and surveillance equipment.

“ponzi schemes”. funny, govt runs their own - social security, obamacare, fractional reserve lending. doesn’t want anyone else running them though.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: I want the USA back

Get Rich Products — would that include politics?


21 posted on 05/01/2014 11:25:18 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SampleMan
My brother had his Chase card denied because the item was a firearm.

Communists Democrats empire exercising control over the slaves of America. Wake up America.

22 posted on 05/01/2014 11:25:26 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’ve no idea how it can be legal but 0bama and Holder seem to ignore legalities when they don’t agree with things.


23 posted on 05/01/2014 11:25:36 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: Defiant

Nipples?..............Oh wait your said ripples!!


24 posted on 05/01/2014 11:28:08 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you. I can understand fighting money laundering, etc. if you first have probable cause to suspect someone. It seems a stretch to say that certain businesses are prone to criminal activity, and ban those businesses from banking.

I personally knew of a case, in which money laundering was going on in a carpet cleaning business. Those people were caught and paid the price. But based on this reasoning, should we ban a carpet cleaning business from the banking system because of this one case I know of????


25 posted on 05/01/2014 11:37:26 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: George from New England
How can the list of ‘30’ not having gambling sites on it?

Column 2, Row 5.

26 posted on 05/01/2014 11:42:37 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Agreed...There’s supposed to be due process for suspected criminal activity and I’d think these tactics abusive just on the suspicion of illegal activity in these businesses.


27 posted on 05/01/2014 11:46:27 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Well, if legal industries operate in an official above-board fashion, and the fascists capriciously decide not to “allow” that, then those industries will be forced onto the gray market and the fascists will be forced to [finally] mind their own business. See, the market can correct for almost anything! Searching for downside.....


28 posted on 05/01/2014 12:01:10 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: jazusamo

And you can’t “suspect” an entire industry. You can only “suspect” an individual in any meaningful way. Plus, if they’re going to suffer some disadvantage, then the presumption of innocence should be in effect.


29 posted on 05/01/2014 12:02:27 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

Amen to that.


30 posted on 05/01/2014 12:10:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Either way, were still screwed.


31 posted on 05/01/2014 12:14:05 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: jazusamo

Bills of Attainder are unconstitutionally illegal.


33 posted on 05/01/2014 12:20:22 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: jazusamo

Oh you have nothing to worry about it your not doing anything wrong...so they said...LOL.


34 posted on 05/01/2014 12:20:36 PM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: gaijin
NOT GUILTY!

wait...what's the question again?

35 posted on 05/01/2014 12:34:28 PM PDT by irish guard
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To: jazusamo

Funny how I don’t hear the liberal media whining about this. Can you imagine what the media would do if this were a Republican targeting the porn industry like this?


36 posted on 05/01/2014 12:44:10 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Melowese Richardson - Democrat Vote Fraud Expert)
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To: jazusamo
Porn stars?

Interesting.

If the other degenerates knew history, they'd know their usefulness eventually runs out.

37 posted on 05/01/2014 12:47:17 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: jazusamo
Racists materials? Is this a real industry?

Or is this pretty much everything because everything is now classified as racist except communism and anything that furthers that cause.

38 posted on 05/01/2014 12:48:38 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

It sounds like 0bama/Holder may have had something to do with that target list, racist materials are probably what they want them to be.


39 posted on 05/01/2014 12:53:13 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: VeniVidiVici

I’m sure you’re right, they’d be screaming from the rooftops.


40 posted on 05/01/2014 12:54:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

The lawlessness continues in the Banana Republic of America.


41 posted on 05/01/2014 1:26:24 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: riri

I wonder if there is an Islamic componant in these cancellations.


42 posted on 05/01/2014 2:09:41 PM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: aimhigh

You might be on to something, that never crossed my mind. It makes some sense now.


43 posted on 05/01/2014 3:28:44 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: gaijin
No that is Teagan Presley with a Photoshop makeover.
44 posted on 05/01/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: jazusamo

I miss the rule of law.


45 posted on 05/01/2014 4:57:28 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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