Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is calling on interim Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Mick Mulvaney to resign, after Mulvaney advised bankers on how to lobby to cut the agency's funding stream.
Brown is also pushing to learn with whom else Mulvaney has been meeting. ML Schultze of member station WKSU in Kent reports.
Brown is circulating a letter in the Senate that demands Mulvaney release his calendar to show who he’s been meeting with since he succeeded Ohio’s Richard Cordray as head of the consumer bureau.
“I want to know what he’s done when he’s not in the light of day. We know what he did in front of the bankers. What does he do in his daily schedule behind closed doors in his office to shill for the banking industry, the rich and the powerful.” Brown is referring to a speech Mulvaney gave to about 1,300 bankers advising the lobbyists to contribute to congressional campaigns so the bureau’s activity will be curtailed. Mulvaney also announced further moves to limit the bureau’s operations, including reducing the public’s access to its database of consumer complaints. Brown acknowledged no Republicans have yet signed his letter.