Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Mulvaney Reportedly Spoke to Bankers About Lobbyists Influencing Congress With Campaign Donations

Mulvaney to bankers Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power Greg Nash
Lindsey Cook | 26 April, 2018, 12:46

On Tuesday, in remarks delivered at conference in Washington before an audience of some 1,300-that's one thousand three hundred-banking industry types, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Mick Mulvaney said the quiet part loud. "If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you".

During the industry event, Mulvaney had also said that "We are going to do what the law says, but not what the law doesn't say".

Norm Eisen, a former top ethics official under President Barack Obama, said the FBI should investigate whether Mulvaney's actions in Congress were directly influenced by campaign contributions.

Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, blasted Mulvaney for the comments, which the former Republican congressman from SC made Tuesday during an appearance at an American Bankers Association conference in Washington. "If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you".

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When asked about Mulvaney's comments about lobbyists, Mulvaney spokesman John Czwartacki told the New York Times, "He was making the point that hearing from people back home is vital to our democratic process and the most important thing our representatives can do".

Mulvaney also runs the White House budget office, and has been longtime critic of the Obama-era consumer bureau.

Well, how utterly noble of him to talk to the people he represented without asking them to pay up first.

"The lobbyists are not there to make small talk, they go see officials like Mulvaney to get official action", Eisen said. On Tuesday, Mulvaney basically admitted to accepting bribes from lobbyists. While he's issued an order barring executive branch officials from lobbying for foreign governments or political parties after they leave his administration, Trump has otherwise done nothing to target D.C. sleaziness.

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