When Americans vote in the Super Tuesday primaries, one of the issues at stake is corporate power. That same day the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could open the floodgates to greater politicization and corporate influence in government.
The case, Seila Law v. CFPB, challenges the constitutionality of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the independent agency charged with protecting U.S. consumers from predatory lenders and abusive debt collectors. Specifically, the bureau’s opponents argue that the president should have unfettered power to remove the head of an independent agency. Right now, the president can only remove the bureau’s head “for cause.”