Mick Mulvaney, who simultaneously holds two top positions in the Trump administration and is rumored to be the next White House chief of staff, admitted to a group of bankers that he sold access to lobbyists while in Congress.
“We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney, White House budget chief and acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said he would talk to his constituents whether or not they donated money.
It was a candid admission of pay-to-play from a top official in an administration that famously pledged to “drain the swamp.”
Mulvaney serves both as Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the interim head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
The American Bankers Association (ABA) is one of the largest and most powerful lobbying groups, representing the banking and financial industry.
At the group’s annual conference in Washington, industry executives from across the country focused on pushing for legislation that would roll back regulations put in place after the global financial crisis.
Lawmakers “will never know as much about your industry as you do. They will never know as much about your issues as you do. And they will not know that it is as important to you as it is until you tell them,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney’s admission immediately drew responses from Democrats but Republicans made no comment on the unethical influence peddling.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who has been particularly critical of Mulvaney’s efforts to cripple the CFPB, said Mulvaney should resign. “Deciding who you will meet with based on campaign contributions is the key of ‘pay to play’ that understandably makes Americans furious,” Brown said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), the 2016 presidential contender, said, “Mick Mulvaney tells us everything we need to know about how Washington works, and why wealthy special interests make billions in campaign contributions. Government should be about representing ordinary Americans, not just the rich and the powerful.”
“Nothing says drain the swamp like telling a room full of bankers to give more money to politicians who put the interests of banks ahead of people,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said.
“This is supposed to be a government by the people, for the people,” said Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.). “Not a government of the thieves and the money changers. Mick Mulvaney is a disgrace.”
While Mulvaney’s comments has been covered extensively on MSNBC and CNN, but there was no mention on Fox News television broadcasts or website.
Fox & Friends, the network’s three-hour morning program, aired segments on Melania Trump’s fashion, anti-cop celebrities, a teacher with a “political agenda,” and Fox News’ interns, but no mention was made of a top government official urging lobbyists to pay off politicians in exchange for access.
Unlike any other 24-hour cable network, the overall veracity of information has declined as Fox News uses propaganda techniques to advance the power and agenda of the most extremist ideology of the Republican Party.
Dr. Cynthia Boaz is assistant professor of political science at Sonoma State University, explained how effective such misleading has been in an article titled, Fourteen Propaganda Techniques Fox “News” Uses to Brainwash Americans:
“Take the enormous amount of misinformation that is taken for truth by Fox audiences: the belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and that he was in on 9/11, the belief that climate change isn’t real and/or man-made, the belief that Barack Obama is Muslim and wasn’t born in the United States, the insistence that all Arabs are Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists, the inexplicable perceptions that immigrants are both too lazy to work and are about to steal your job. All of these claims are demonstrably false, yet Fox News viewers will maintain their veracity with incredible zeal.”
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