The number of enforcement actions initiated against corporations by the Consumer Product Safety Commission fell during the first two years of the Trump administration compared with the last two years of the Obama administration. However, the total dollar amount of penalties imposed under Trump was only slightly lower than under Obama during those periods.

Source: “Consumer Carnage: How Federal Enforcement of Consumer-Protection Laws Has Declined Under Trump,” Public Citizen, March 13, 2019,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Presidential Administration Number of Enforcement Actions Taken Penalties in Millions of Dollars
2015 Obama 7 $18.8
2016 Obama 6 $37.3
2017 Trump 4 $21.4
2018 Trump 3 $32.1

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