The Associated Press October 14, 2010, 1:09PM ET

Obama consumer adviser gathers input in Ohio

The White House adviser charged with overseeing creation of a new consumer protection agency is visiting Ohio in her first fact-gathering meeting with consumer advocates.

Elizabeth Warren has spent much of her first several weeks on the job reaching out to the financial industry, which fought creation of her Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. The agency is a cornerstone of a sweeping financial overhaul signed into law this summer.

Ohio has been hit hard by the economic downturn, foreclosures and poverty. Warren was to take part Thursday in a roundtable discussion in suburban Columbus hosted by three consumer groups.

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