Consejo de Latinos Unidos
Consejo de Latinos Unidos (CDLU, translated as Council of United Latinos) is a non-profit consumer advocacy group headed by former Pat Buchanan campaign spokesman K. B. Forbes. Its focus is on helping people access medical care. The organization also investigates fraud and price-gouging with respect to health care as well as the environment and housing.
The CDLU was founded in East Los Angeles, California in 2001 by Forbes and Hortensia Magaña. It counts numerous victories in pressuring health care providers to reduce medical debts owed by indigent patients. Its efforts were funded in large part by insurance executive J. Patrick Rooney's Fairness Foundation and were assisted by Birmingham attorney Archie Lamb.
While the organization keeps its Los Angeles office, Forbes relocated to Birmingham, where he has pursued opportunities helping small businesses apply for funds made available in the settlement with BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2013 the group undertook similar work with regard to a Visa/Mastercard antitrust settlement, but that deal was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. In 2017 the CDLU began publishing "BanBalch.com", a website featuring their reporting critical of the Balch & Bingham law practice's activities.
- Lando, Tamar (May/June 2005) "Pocket Protector: K.B. Forbes is defending uninsured patients. Never mind why." Mother Jones
- Connolly, Ceci (August 22, 2005) "Forcing a Look at Hospitals' Mission." The Washington Post
- Shinkman, Ron (January 19, 2015) "An interview with K.B. Forbes, advocate for the uninsured." Fierce Healthcare
- Meyer, Theodoric (June 27, 2017) "Nonprofit airs ads attacking Balch & Bingham." Politico
- Consejo de Latinos Unidos website