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Blogger Profile: Matt Stoller

Matt Stoller is an American political activist and writer. From 2009-2011, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida's eighth Congressional district. As Grayson's financial services legislative aide, Stoller focused on foreclosure fraud, the financial crisis, and the Federal Reserve. Prior to his staff role, Stoller worked as a political consultant and blogger in liberal politics and on trans-partisan coalitions.

At the Roosevelt Institute, Matt Stoller works on illuminating government policies on foreclosures, the Federal Reserve, and consumer protection.

Matt Stoller's Blogs

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Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

May 22nd, 2012

In Greek Humanitarian Crisis, It Will Be Leftists Or Neo-Nazis

Austerity doesn’t just lead to unemployment and misery.  If it goes on long enough, it will inevitably lead to the emergence of “swamp thing” extremists into positions of power.  Take the situation in Greece, a country which until recently was a wealthy Western democracy with a relatively stable political system. ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

February 29th, 2012

One in Seven Americans Pursued by Debt Collectors

I went through the Federal Reserve’s Quarterly Release on Household Debt and Credit released today, and there were two notable trends.  One is that the amount of consumer debt is declining, but that delinquency rates are stabilizing above what they were before the crisis.  And the second is in this graph, which is ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

February 27th, 2012

Warren Buffett Says “Hormones” Will Fix the Housing Crisis

Last week, Warren Buffett made some news with his folksy, charming as always shareholder letter.  Most people focused on his admission that he was wrong about the housing crisis.   Buffett pointed to his year ago statement that “a housing recovery will probably begin within a year or so.”  And ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

December 19th, 2011

Treat foreclosure as a crime scene

Crossposted from PoliticoBubbling under the surface of politics is the foreclosure crisis — where the power of big finance is brushing up against the rule of law. The party leaders seem to have decided it is essentially a giant — but unavoidable — tragedy. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

December 3rd, 2011

A Real Third Party? An Anti-Big Bank Republican? Yup.

Like many of you, I had mostly given up on electoral politics. One time I went through a log of Hank Paulson’s phone calls when he was Treasury Secretary, and then Tim Geithner’s phone calls when he was Treasury Secretary. And I realized that both men were talking to essentially ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

November 19th, 2011

Matt Stoller: Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto Cracks Open the Financial Crisis

Learn the name Catherine Cortez Masto, because she just took a big leap in front of every public servant in the country in terms of restoring faith in government. As Nevada AG, she actually indicted someone for blowing up our housing system. Specifically, she handed down 606 counts of felony ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

October 25th, 2011

Can the Power of Occupy Wall Street Make Obama a Populist?

It's been a little over a month since this bolt of political lightning known as Occupy Wall Street jolted through the political establishment. It's time to assess just what Occupy Wall Street has gotten done. That it has accomplished a great deal is beyond dispute. Franklin Foer in the New Republic ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

October 6th, 2011

The Anti-Politics of #OccupyWallStreet

  Journalist Amy Goodman arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention What do the people at #OccupyWallStreet actually want? What are their demands? For many people, this is THE question. So let me answer it. What they want… is to do exactly what they are doing. They want to occupy ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

September 29th, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Is a Church of Dissent, Not a Protest

Last weekend, I spent a few days with the protesters downtown near Wall Street, and it was an eye-opening experience. The people there want something, but it’s not a list of demands, and it is entirely overlooked by the media and most commentators on the protest. If all you read ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

September 7th, 2011

The Corrupt Establishment Begins Smearing Eric Schneiderman

Last month we had New York Fed Board Member Kathryn Wylde whining and meddling about Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into big banks. That seriously backfired. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan put pressure on him as well, and that didn’t go over so well. And after Tom Miller petulantly stopped allowing Schneiderman on ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

August 31st, 2011

Sell America to Communist China Faster, Says New York Fed Official and Schneiderman Foe Kathryn Wylde

The elite consensus in American politics is held together by a small group of well-paid and well-connected insiders who are marbled throughout the world of corporations, banks, government service, and elite nonprofits. Who are they? And what do they believe? One way to start is to look at who is ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

August 29th, 2011

Power Politics – What Eric Schneiderman Reveals About Obama

A lot of people have asked why New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is going after the banks as aggressively as he is. It’s almost unbelievable that one lone elected official, who happens to have powerful legal tools at his disposal, is doing something that no one with any serious ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

August 13th, 2011

An excuse for slashing entitlements

Crossposted from PoliticoWith all the talk of Standard & Poor’s downgrade, no one mentioned that the ratings agency’s business model is, essentially, lying for money. Instead, many politicians insist that the S&P downgrade is the reason for the market turmoil — not the banking freeze-ups in the Eurozone or political ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

August 8th, 2011

Matt Stoller: Standard & Poor’s Predatory Policy Agenda

While it’s useful to think of the ratings agencies as incompetent, or as greedy, it’s important to remember that they have an actual policy agenda. They weren’t just wrong in rating subprime tranches of toxic dreck AAA. They were also pivotal in actively creating the policies that led to the ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

August 3rd, 2011

What Presidency?

If you have only one rule in politics, I suggest the following – get your head of out your television set, and start paying attention to government. The narrow intense focus of TV can constrain us so powerfully that we are blinded by technicolor. To explain – there’s an endless ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

July 22nd, 2011

Dodd-Frank Made No Structural Changes to Banking System

Crossposted from New Deal 2.0I was a staffer on the Dodd-Frank legislative package, and the whole process seemed odd from the very beginning. There was no attempt initially to ask the question, “what happened and what should we do about it?” There was no examination of the purpose of a ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

July 18th, 2011

Elizabeth Warren Versus Barack Obama on Leadership

Last week, I caught some of the grilling of Elizabeth Warren by GOP Congressmen during the House Oversight Reform Hearing. At one point, a Republican Congressmen asked Warren if she was “running a campaign” to convince people of the validity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau she is in the ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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Apr 3rd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 19th
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