Top Trump Official Admits He Sold Access to Lobbyists as a Lawmaker

Mae Love
April 25, 2018

"And you have to continue to do it", he said, adding that he always met with his own SC constituents, regardless of whether they had donated to his campaign. Over the last four months, Mulvaney has worked aggressively to halt or reverse the CFPB's enforcement of consumer protection laws, freezing all new investigations.

Reporters picked up on Mulvaney's recent comments to bankers that "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", Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker from SC, told 1,300 bankers and lending industry officials at an American Bankers Association conference in Washington. "If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you", Mulvaney said.

As a congressman from South Carolina, Mulvaney received nearly $63,000 from payday lenders.

As The New York Times pointed out, "Mr. Mulvaney said that trying to sway legislators was one of the 'fundamental underpinnings of our representative democracy".

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2018. In January, he directed the C.F.P.B.to drop its lawsuit against a group of lenders in Kansas who were allegedly charging interest rates as high as 950 percent. This action would give lawmakers influence on the bureau's actions.

Mulvaney added he would talk to his constituents whether or not they donated money. Mick Mulvaney just got exhausted of pretending.

Only meeting with lobbyists when they pay you money is a clear example of the political corruption that is commonplace in American politics.

Mulvaney has intimated for weeks that the CFPB works for the banking industry now, but it seemed like even he felt the need to feign interest in the agency's ever-fading regulatory power.

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