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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times.

Before joining The Times, Kelly was a Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News for six years, covering the intersection between business and politics through a variety of industry-based beats. She most recently covered technology, where her reports ranged from cybersecurity to congressional policymakers.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a management consultant and worked with Fortune 500 companies on government policy and commerce. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in government and Chinese from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

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Articles by Kelly Riddell

Payday loan companies would suffer an 82 percent drop in revenue as a result of proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules, according to an analysis. (Associated Press)

Lending businesses fear federal regulations will threaten their existence

Brian Lynn, a retired Marine Corps officer who took over his family business to become chief executive officer of Speedy Cash and Lending Bear in 2003, is worried that the federal government is going to force him to shutter his 26 stores and lay off all 120 employees. Published August 30, 2015

"The CFPB has done the dealers a massive injustice," Rep. David Scott, Georgia Democrat, declared shortly before the House Financial Services Committee voted 47-10 last week to nullify guidance that the CFPB issued in 2013 regarding car loans. (Associated Press)

Democrats decry government overreach, sloppy math in CFPB crackdown on auto loans

President Obama's newest regulatory agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, acted without Congress' blessing in taking away lending flexibility from auto dealers. And it did so after conducting a discrimination study that it acknowledged was at least 20 percent inaccurate because officials guessed the race of car buyers. Published August 5, 2015

President Barack Obama points to the audience as he departs after speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  The president said that "it's a mistake" to think efforts to stamp out poverty have failed and the government is powerless to address it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama administration restricts investigative powers of inspectors general

The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information -- an action that severely limits the watchdogs' oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud. Published July 23, 2015

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., speaks to supporters and the media Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Miami, after he conceded Florida's senate race to Republican Marco Rubio. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Florida fights government regulation of payday loans, pushes own law as national model

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau embarks on a rule-making process that payday lenders estimate will put 70 percent of their industry out of business, a former Florida lawmaker who was instrumental in helping the Sunshine State pass one of toughest laws protecting consumers from predatory lending is warning that the federal proposal is too heavy-handed, strips states of their rights and deprives consumers of emergency lending options. Published July 21, 2015

Marine cancels Arlington gun shop plans

Marine Corp. veteran James Gates has canceled his plan to open a gun shop in Arlington amid community protest and outrage and his landlord's decision to pull his lease. Published July 21, 2015

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to reporters during a ground breaking ceremony for Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York on June 16, 2015. Bloomberg's charity foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is donating $100 million to Cornell University for the new high-tech graduate school campus. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bloomberg blamed for chasing off gun shop owner in Virginia

A former Marine attempting to open a second gun shop in Arlington, Virginia, has canceled his plans amid community protest and outrage, which he said has been fueled by anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg. Published July 21, 2015

With Hillary Rodham Clinton on the campaign trail again, the housing crisis seems to be a distant memory. She hasn't addressed it or what her plans would be for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Those within the industry, however, say reforms need to be made. (Associated Press)

Fannie, Freddie loom as liabilities for Clinton amid fears of another bailout

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are hurtling toward another possible taxpayer bailout, a development that could put an uncomfortable election light on the Clintons' record of enabling the government-backed mortgage giants to engage in risky practices that led to the 2007 financial crisis. Published July 20, 2015

The Golden Hammer

Outside science advisers collect EPA grants while guiding agency

Several outsiders chosen to provide objective advice to the Environmental Protection Agency on clean air regulations or to police its science are simultaneously collecting research grants from the agency for work by themselves or their institutions. Published June 18, 2015

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is among the Florida Democrats rebelling against the CFPB's proposed "one-size-fits-all" policy that will limit consumer choice in loans. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama-Elizabeth Warren payday lender rules slammed by Florida Democrats

Florida's congressional Democrats are rebelling against the new financial oversight agency championed by President Obama and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren, slamming its proposed payday lenders rules as a bad example of a "one-size-fits-all policy" that will limit consumers' banking choices. Published June 17, 2015

Analysts on political money have said the pattern of Hillary Rodham Clinton's intervention on behalf of donors to her husband's charity raise troubling ethical questions. (Associated Press)

Favors to foundation donors stretch back to Hillary Clinton's Senate days

Hillary Rodham Clinton's efforts to provide favors to major donors to her husband's global charity or her own political career stretch back far earlier than her tenure as America's top diplomat, dating to the time she served as a U.S. senator and had the power to earmark federal funds and influence legislation, records show. Published June 10, 2015

Bill Clinton's foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

Bill Clinton's foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. Published June 2, 2015

Assault weapons and handguns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Illinois. Residents of Arlington, Virginia, are trying to bully Marine Corps veteran James Gates, 28, from opening a gun shop in their neighborhood. (Associated Press)

Marine Corps veteran's proposed gun shop riles Arlington, Virginia

Residents of Arlington, Virginia -- which in 2012 overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and sits directly across the Potomac River from the nation's capital -- are trying to bully Marine Corps veteran James Gates, 28, from opening a gun shop in their neighborhood. Published May 25, 2015

Chris Cox, executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, speaks during the annual meeting of members at the NRA convention Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NRA's Chris Cox sees surge in gun rights support heading into 2016

The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans' growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. Published May 19, 2015

NRA's Chris Cox said predictions that more Americans carrying guns would lead to more deaths haven't proved true. (Associated Press)

NRA plans 2016 voter outreach as support for gun rights grows

The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans' growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. Published May 17, 2015