On Tuesday, Mulvaney basically admitted to accepting bribes from lobbyists. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. "If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you".
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.
Mulvaney spokesman John Czwartacki told the New York Times that "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".
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Only meeting with lobbyists when they pay you money is a clear example of the political corruption that is commonplace in American politics. "Read the transcript for yourself", Czarnecki said.
"The evidence stinks to high heaven, but it's very hard to prove", Painter said of Mulvaney's case, adding that Mulvaney's admission makes him "morally unfit for public office".
Mr. Mulvaney, who also runs the White House budget office, is a longtime critic of the Obama-era consumer bureau, including while serving in Congress. Payday lenders are one of the key industries the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sought to regulate. That sentiment has echoed Mulvaney's tone throughout his tenure at the CFPB, where he has worked to scale back what he believes to be an overreach by the bureau and has called for changes to its oversight and overall mission.
Mulvaney later said he believes lobbyists swaying the opinions of politicians is an important part of democracy.