WASHINGTON — House Republicans are set to deliver a major favor to Warren Buffett next week, days after a devastating expose detailed consumer abuses in his corporate empire. And many Democrats seem willing to help the world’s third-richest person extract additional profit from the poor.
Buffett is the most dominant player in the mobile home business. As chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, he controls Clayton Homes, the largest U.S. mobile home manufacturer, as well as the two biggest mobile home lenders — 21st Mortgage Corp. and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance. Last week, The Seattle Times and The Center For Public Integrity reported that Buffett’s empire relies on predatory practices that trick and trap borrowers into taking on doomed, expensive loans.
Neither Berkshire nor Clayton responded to requests for comment for this article.