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
38941 Mon Jun 10 15:58:23 EDT 2013 Andrea Poole
38940 Sun Jun 09 10:02:36 EDT 2013 John Stadler Money laundering for drug cartels is a serious, anti-social act and should be punished. When it is done by a major corporation, it MUST be punished. People go to jail for it, and the Supreme Court has More....
38939 Fri Jun 07 09:38:25 EDT 2013 Nathaniel Martin HSBC must be brought to justice .
38938 Tue Jun 04 22:37:30 EDT 2013 Kenneth Bryan
38937 Tue Jun 04 01:50:04 EDT 2013 Thomas Rascon
38936 Mon Jun 03 22:14:40 EDT 2013 Allison Gale
38935 Sat Jun 01 15:02:06 EDT 2013 Anonymous
38934 Wed May 29 10:01:45 EDT 2013 Anonymous We need many more New Deal democrats elected/appointed into TN gov on all levels, state/local/FEd and in the TVA itself! We need more telecommuting jobs that cannot be outsourced. America needs to be a More....
38933 Tue May 28 08:03:21 EDT 2013 LINDA OAKEY
38932 Thu May 23 16:56:02 EDT 2013 Colleen Kirby HSBC should not be given a pass for it's criminal behavior. Revoke their charter and let all corporations know they need to do business abiding by our laws!
38931 Thu May 23 16:01:17 EDT 2013 Timothy Coglianese
38930 Thu May 23 14:39:45 EDT 2013 Thaddeus Szostak
38929 Wed May 22 15:47:32 EDT 2013 Shiu Hung
38928 Mon May 20 19:04:51 EDT 2013 carol jagiello
38927 Thu May 16 14:54:18 EDT 2013 Anonymous
38926 Mon May 13 15:52:32 EDT 2013 Rodney Smithey
38925 Mon May 13 13:40:38 EDT 2013 David Dickerson
38924 Sat May 11 12:25:36 EDT 2013 John Degnan
38923 Fri May 10 13:59:16 EDT 2013 Heather Sullivan
38922 Fri May 10 11:47:53 EDT 2013 Rosalie Salvato
38921 Thu May 09 20:37:17 EDT 2013 Steven Kranowski
38920 Thu May 09 10:08:19 EDT 2013 Rebecca
38919 Wed May 08 20:10:05 EDT 2013 Thomas V Connor
38918 Wed May 08 14:18:10 EDT 2013 Pamela Pitt
38917 Wed May 08 02:22:42 EDT 2013 Marla Novotny There are many bankster corporate theives that need to be persued & many bankster CEOs that belong in jails. Go get them. Prove that they are not to big to jail.
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