Revoke HSBC’s Corporate Charter

Tell Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler There Should Be No Such Thing as “Too Big To Jail”

By refusing to prosecute global banking behemoth HSBC for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of alleged terrorists in the Middle East and drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia, the Department of Justice is sending the message that Big Banks are above the law.

The evidence against London-based HSBC – the third largest bank in the world, with more than $2.5 trillion in assets – was overwhelming. But, instead of pursuing criminal charges, the Justice Department simply fined HSBC $1.9 billion – which sounds like a lot, until you realize that’s only about a month’s worth of profit for the bank.

HSBC’s slap on the wrist is a slap in the face to anyone who believes that there should be no such thing as “too big to jail.”

Join Public Citizen in calling for punishment that could actually deter corporate crime:

Demand justice. Add your name to the petition to revoke HSBC’s corporate charter.



We, the undersigned, call on you to use your authority to forfeit HSBC’s corporate charter. HSBC is a large corporation, but should enjoy no special privilege because of its size. A Maryland corporate charter should signal integrity, and we ask that you uphold this standard.

Why Petition Maryland's Attorney General?

The US division of HSBC is chartered in the state of Maryland. Under Maryland law, the attorney general has the power to forfeit a company’s corporate charter as punishment for engaging in organized crime. Charter forfeiture would represent a strong new tool states could use to enforce the integrity of corporate behavior.

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Number Date Name Add a Comment
39114 Thu Feb 26 18:03:20 EST 2015 Josh Winters There is no such thing as to big to jail.
39113 Thu Feb 19 00:50:38 EST 2015 Beth MacDonald
39112 Wed Dec 31 17:22:56 EST 2014 Anonymous
39111 Mon Aug 11 02:33:15 EDT 2014 Eliot Schickler These are the guys who are screwing the have-nots! Make them reimburse us and then have them do hard time!
39110 Tue Jul 22 05:57:15 EDT 2014 Natalia Scott
39109 Sun Jul 20 10:20:51 EDT 2014 Mary Hebblewhite In general it is lookoing like Karl Marx had a that giant corporations are becoming gigantic multi corporate - corporations owning other subsidiaries to the point that the general citizenry More....
39108 Sat Jul 19 14:44:27 EDT 2014 Robert Swiatek
39107 Sat Jul 19 11:33:38 EDT 2014 Carmen Alvarado
39106 Thu Jul 10 11:37:02 EDT 2014 Deborah Anderson
39105 Sat Jun 28 22:52:58 EDT 2014 Madison Wolff 3985009
39104 Sat Jun 28 22:52:41 EDT 2014 Madison Wolff 3985009
39103 Tue Jun 24 23:35:20 EDT 2014 Tammi Bucher
39102 Tue Jun 24 23:34:50 EDT 2014 Tammi Bucher
39101 Tue Jun 24 23:34:34 EDT 2014 Tammi Bucher
39100 Sat Jun 21 20:36:30 EDT 2014 Joseph Partansky Decision makers who commit White Collar Crime should
be given the opportunity to plead guilty and either be
given a sentence and jailed or have restrictions placed on
their behavior which More....
39099 Sun Jun 15 18:18:26 EDT 2014 John Michael Brennan
39098 Tue Jun 10 20:52:41 EDT 2014 JOHN WADE
39097 Tue Jun 10 16:54:46 EDT 2014 Cheryl Reed So if you are rich enough, you are above the law? This is the message you are sending.. If I cross the street wrong, I am in trouble, but people with money can do anything they want! I think you along More....
39096 Sat May 31 22:43:27 EDT 2014 John Spangler
39095 Thu May 29 23:33:44 EDT 2014 Anonymous
39094 Thu May 29 03:34:03 EDT 2014 Bruce Daltton
39093 Wed May 28 21:55:09 EDT 2014 Justin Walker
39092 Tue May 27 16:22:42 EDT 2014 Donald Guillory
39091 Sun May 25 03:35:19 EDT 2014 Marguerite Galimitakis
39090 Fri May 23 10:42:33 EDT 2014 Cynthia Marie Lippman
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