Press ReleaseSeptember 15, 2023

Times Square Billboard: JCN Tells Wall Street to ‘Shove It’

Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2023) – Today, the Job Creators Network erected a new billboard in the heart of Times Square highlighting the need to pass credit card reform for small businesses. Currently, small businesses are being held hostage by Visa, Mastercard, and the big banks, which are charging Main Street entrepreneurs sky-high fees every time a customer uses a credit card. Last year, businesses forked over nearly $130 billion to cover the credit card “hidden tax.”

Federal legislation has been introduced that would help rein in “swipe fees” by leveraging the power of the free market. The bill—called the Credit Card Competition Act—would foster competition within the payments arena and provide small businesses with alternative options on how to process credit card purchases. Members of both the Republican and Democratic caucuses are urging leadership to bring the bill to a floor vote.

The Times Square billboard, which features a Wall Street banker clutching a bag overflowing with cash, reads “TELL WALL STREET TO SHOVE IT” and continues, “Big banks, Visa, and Mastercard cost families $1,000 a year in credit card fees and are crippling small businesses.” The ad concludes, “Tell your representative to pass the Credit Card Competition Act!”

See the billboard here and below.

Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of Job Creators Network, released the following statement:

“Visa, Mastercard, and the big banks are holding small businesses hostage with ballooning credit card fees. While some are pushing to maintain the status quo of prioritizing banking fat cats over Main Street, the Job Creators Network is standing up for the little guy and telling Wall Street to ‘shove it.’ Free market competition is the grease that keeps the gears turning smoothly in nearly every other sector of the U.S. economy and it’s about time those same mechanics are applied to the credit card industry. For the sake of small businesses, Washington needs to pass the Credit Card Competition Act NOW.”