Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney's G-String So Full Of Lobbyists' Dollar Bills There's No Room For Anything Else!
Vote for me with your money, please!
Mick Mulvaney is saying the quiet parts out loud again. Perhaps he thought he was alone in the shower last night when he admitted to charging lobbyists admission to his congressional office?
We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress: If you were 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.
What's a little pay-for-play between
friends highly compensated corporate lobbyists and the elected representative of 680,000 taxpaying citizens, amirite?
Only, Donald Trump's favorite multi-tasking attack spaniel wasn't in the shower. (It would be pretty weird if someone leaked audio of Mulvaney in the shower to the NYT!) He was at a microphone addressing the American Bankers Association, an organization that plows money into lobbyists whose job is to persuade the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to let banks screw their customers without penalty.
Hey, who runs the CFPB again?
— American Bankers Association (@ABABankers) April 24, 2018
Do you think those bankers got the message that they need to pony up for Republican candidates this cycle if they'd like to keep financial enforcement authorities off their backs? Well, they gave this asshole a standing ovation. And if you want to see which of your elected representatives are hanging out with the American Bankers Association, check out the organization's Twitter feed. (Spoiler Alert: It is AOT,K!)
In his defense, Mulvaney did couch his words in some palaver about really loving those constituents who showed up in his office for an in-person visit.
If you came from back home and sat in my lobby, I talked to you without exception, regardless of financial contributions.
Isn't that nice. If you live in South Carolina, all you had to do to get your Congressman to hear your concerns was drag your ass 500 miles up the coast to DC and camp out in the waiting room. EASY PEASY.
Lucky thing the Koch brothers have an army of lobbyists in DC on staff to get their message across. Who were former Congressman Eczema's biggest contributors during the last cycle?
And while Mulvaney was roundly criticized for pulling off his mask and saying, BOW BEFORE MY GLORY, FOR I AM THE SWAMP MONSTER, Rupert Murdoch's Propaganda Outlet for Spray-Tanned Race Baiters had a different take. Only we can't link to it, since they didn't tweet it, and it seems to have been memory-holed from the Fox and Friends website. Weird, huh?
Think Progress got this screengrab.
Screengrab via Think Progress
There's a HOT TAKE for you! Fox is congratulating Mulvaney for promoting civic engagement. Out of the goodness of his heart and love of country, Mick Mulvaney stood in front of 1,200 bankers, each of whom paid hundreds of dollars to eat rubber chicken while listening to Mulvaney's sermon on the importance of "involvement in the process."
Truly, Mick Mulvaney walks with the Lord, and we should follow his precepts and render unto the rich man what is his by divine decree. JUST AS JESUS COMMANDED. Amen.
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Liz Dye lives in Baltimore with her wonderful husband and a houseful of teenagers. When she isn't being mad about a thing on the internet, she's hiding in plain sight in the carpool line. She's the one wearing yoga pants glaring at her phone.