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

Donald Trump's Potential Chief of Staff Admits to Only Speaking to Lobbyists Who Paid Him

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.

Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told banking industry executives and lobbyists on Tuesday that they should increase their campaign donations to influence lawmakers, revealing that he would meet only with lobbyists who contributed to his campaign when he served in the House.

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Mick Mulvaney is supposed to be protecting American consumers from unfair practices by banks and other businesses.

"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. On Tuesday, he admitted that, as a Congressman, he only met with lobbyists who gave him money - almost 90% of which come from banks and other businesses. "If you came from back home and sat in my lobby, I would talk to you without exception, regardless of the financial contributions".

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Norm Eisen, a former top ethics official under President Barack Obama, told Business Insider that Mulvaney "better hope that he never went beyond selling access". "It's more important than lobbyists and it's more important than money". On Tuesday, Mulvaney basically admitted to accepting bribes from lobbyists. The New York Times reported, "Mr. Mulvaney said that trying to sway legislators was one of the 'fundamental underpinnings of our representative democracy".

Ethics and legal experts point out that the legal threshold prosecutors must reach in order to convict a public official of bribery is high.

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Referring back to Mulvaney's remarks to lenders that they should press lawmakers hard to pursue their agenda, Brown said that banks and lenders didn't need any more lobbyists.

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