Americans Deserve a Transparent and Accountable FTC
The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent actions are alarming and pose a serious threat to our economy.
American companies are already facing historic challenges with inflation, strained supply chains and worker shortages, and the FTC's actions are only accelerating uncertainty and threatening our economy.
Under Chairwoman Lina Khan, the FTC has radically departed from its core mission to protect consumers and competition.
Rather, the FTC is overstepping its regulatory authority, undermining our system of checks and balances, ignoring due process, and bypassing longstanding regulatory norms to expansively regulate industries and manage our economy with a government knows best approach.
Areas of Overreach
- RulemakingUnder Lina Khan the FTC has embarked on a rulemaking bonanza often skirting or outright ignoring whether or not it has Congressional authorization.
- LitigationThe FTC’s litigious approach to enforcement is denying companies basic rights to due process.
- Merger ActivityBy improperly using a rulemaking process, the FTC is poised rewrite antitrust law based off false economic and often partisan assumptions.
Holding the FTC accountable on Capitol Hill
On Capitol Hill
The FTC has engaged in its own unfair and deceptive practices as it lobbies Congress to pass legislation that would give the agency sweeping authority.
Holding the FTC accountable in the courts
In the courts
The FTC is bypassing longstanding norms to expansively regulate industries and manage our economy with a government-knows-best approach.
FTC: A Timeline of An Agency Gone Rogue
This timeline shows the ways in which Chairwoman Khan has moved to silence dissent at the FTC and consolidated power in ways that call into question the independence of the agency.
A Shift in Merger Enforcement Risks Damaging Our Economy
A new study finds that under the previous approach to merger enforcement there was a strong link between mergers and innovation. A radical new approach to merger enforcement poses a severe threat to the economy.
By Sean Heather
Competition and the FTC
Consumer Protection and the FTC
Rulemaking and the FTC
FOIAs and the FTC
Mergers and the FTC
Why FTC’s Lawsuit Against Meta Is Concerning for the Entire Business Community
Rather than economics, the FTC’s complaint against Meta seems grounded in the malleable concept of “potential future competition.” Here's why the business community should be concerned.
By Sean Heather
More concerning is the department’s efforts to ignore evidence and tip the scales in violation of fundamental due process rights.
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