Several of IPCPR’s member retailers have been seriously affected by banking restrictions brought on by the Justice Department’s “Operation Choke Point.” Launched in 2013, this program targets certain “high risk” industries by pressuring banks to deny financial services to legitimate businesses for political reasons.
IPCPR is working with members of the United States Congress to help put a stop to this, but we need more information from you. The IPCPR members that have been targeted have received written notice from both small and large banks terminating their businesses relationships. If you or another retail tobacconist you know has received similar communication from your bank, we need to be notified immediately.
If Operation Choke Point has affected you, please email Kip Talley directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a scanned copy of the letter, please attach it to the email along with your best contact phone number.