2011 News Releases

Schmidt to lead national consumer protection group

Release Date: Jul 13, 2011

TOPEKA – (July 13, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will serve as co-chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Schmidt said the national leadership post will strengthen his ability to protect consumers in Kansas from deceptive and unconscionable practices.

“Protecting Kansas consumers from scams, telemarketing fraud and other deceptive practices is a priority for our office,” Schmidt said. “Being chosen to help lead this national effort is a reflection of the strength of our Consumer Protection Division and the emphasis we place on it. We intend to build on that success.”

Schmidt will serve as the Republican co-chair of the national group along with Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. In addition, Schmidt and Hawaii Attorney General David Louie will serve as co-chairs of the Social Networking Task Force for the national association.

“The growth of the Internet has provided new avenues for con artists to prey on consumers,” Schmidt said. “And the explosion in social networking opportunities is yet another avenue into consumers’ homes, their private lives and their pocketbooks.”

The National Association of Attorneys General is the national, nonpartisan organization of state attorneys general. Its members include the 50 state attorneys general as well as attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories.

Schmidt, of Independence, was elected Kansas attorney general last year and has served in the office since January. Before that, he served 10 years in the Kansas Senate and previously worked as an assistant Kansas attorney general for consumer protection.

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