Sen. Sherrod Brown called on Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and acting director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to resign both posts Wednesday after Mulvaney reportedly told bankers Tuesday that as a member of the House he did not meet with lobbyists who did not donate campaign dollars.
"Deciding who you will meet with based on campaign contributions is the kind of ‘pay to play’ that understandably makes Americans furious with Washington, DC.," said Brown, D-Ohio.
In addition, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, the former director of the consumer agency, tweeted: "Mulvaney openly tells us that when he was in Congress, he made it a practice never to meet with any lobbyist unless they had first made a contribution to his campaign fund. He was bought and paid for, and he openly TELLS us he was bought and paid for. Wow!"
In an appearance before the American Bankers Association Tuesday, Mulvaney said when he was in the House that "if you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn't talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. If you came from back home and sat in my lobby, I talk to you without exception, regardless of the financial contributions."