Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Mulvaney: I Only Talked To Lobbyists Who Donated To My Congressional Campaign

Mulvaney: I Only Talked To Lobbyists Who Donated To My Congressional Campaign

During his time in Congress, Mulvaney was an outspoken critic of the consumer bureau.

The Trump administration's Office of Management and Budget and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director did just that on Tuesday, according to a New York Times report. Mulvaney accepted almost $63,000 in campaign donations from payday lenders during his time in Congress, but Mulvaney claims those donations do not pose a conflict of interest.

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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. "If you're a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn't talk to you".

"We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress", said Mulvaney, a former lawmaker from SC, according to The New York Times. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. He said this tactic was, "fundamental underpinnings of our representative democracy. And you have to continue to do it'".

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"I'm trying to get in the habit of now saying the 'B.C.F.P.' It's really, really hard to do that when you've said the C.F.P.B. for so long", Mr. Mulvaney told the bankers. "I would have the Federal Bureau of Investigation look at his decision-making right up to the present, correlate it with lobbyist campaign contributions, and then go talk to him". The scandalous part is that Mulvaney asked the executives and lobbyists to donate more money, and told them the more they donated, the more influence they would have.

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