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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39016 Sat Oct 19 22:49:44 EDT 2013 Carter Beckett
39015 Sat Oct 19 20:08:55 EDT 2013 JOANN OCKERLANDER
39014 Sat Oct 19 13:14:43 EDT 2013 Thomas V Connor
39013 Thu Oct 17 08:46:19 EDT 2013 Cristy Snowden
39012 Mon Oct 14 23:12:33 EDT 2013 Lori Weber
39011 Tue Oct 08 13:28:37 EDT 2013 Ron Sexton
39010 Tue Oct 08 09:20:24 EDT 2013 alexander nytko
39009 Sun Oct 06 19:58:27 EDT 2013 Anonymous
39008 Sat Oct 05 12:38:35 EDT 2013 Richard Davis
39007 Fri Oct 04 10:18:55 EDT 2013 Corey Booth End the Double Standard in this Nation and charge the thieves and murderers with their crimes just as we do the poor and middle class.
39006 Thu Oct 03 00:12:50 EDT 2013 Sophia Bicoy
39005 Mon Sep 30 17:16:05 EDT 2013 David Cotner
39004 Mon Sep 30 02:52:23 EDT 2013 Anonymous
39003 Wed Sep 25 15:16:01 EDT 2013 david young Put an END to Fascism in the United States of America !

Prosecute Corporate Thieves NO matter how much Money, Influence or Power they may Have, They are still Simply ONE Citizen of these United More....
39002 Mon Sep 23 20:58:44 EDT 2013 Anonymous
39001 Sun Sep 22 16:58:48 EDT 2013 Elissa Seeman
39000 Thu Sep 19 07:35:33 EDT 2013 margaret m. hormann
38999 Wed Sep 18 13:13:57 EDT 2013 Donald Guillory
38998 Mon Sep 16 07:25:09 EDT 2013 Jane Greene
38997 Sun Sep 15 12:12:05 EDT 2013 Lee Hutchings Too big to fail or too big to be accountable?
38996 Sat Sep 14 16:16:21 EDT 2013 Terry Gruzebeck
38995 Fri Sep 13 21:26:06 EDT 2013 JOHN C. RUSSO
38994 Fri Sep 13 16:07:50 EDT 2013 Lynne Banta
38993 Fri Sep 13 14:53:24 EDT 2013 Rudy Stefenel
38992 Mon Sep 09 07:55:43 EDT 2013 Anonymous
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