The Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under fire by the Trump administration has been a Democratic Party donor bank, its bureaucrats writing checks to liberals at a rate of 593 to one Republican.
Research of donor records on the OpenSecrets website maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics revealed that Hillary Rodham Clinton was the dominant recipient of tens of thousands of dollars from CFPB workers, followed by President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who had a huge role in creating the agency.
A quick count of donations found:
- $46,611 to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- $13,190 to Sen Elizabeth Warren.
- $19,988 to President Obama.
- $10,075 to Democratic campaign committees.
- $1,129 to Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Of the 594 donor entries who listed the agency as their employer, one went to Mitt Romney, the losing 2012 Republican presidential nominee. It was for $1,000.
Several other Democratic lawmakers also received donations from CFPB staff.
Overall, CFPB employees have donated $114,859.61 to various Democrats and Democratic committees.
“While a partisan tilt towards Democrats within a federal agency is not remarkable, the overwhelming tilt within the CFPB shows the extreme partisan and ideological tilt of the agency,” said an agency watcher.
The agency has been targeted by the Trump administration which feels it is wasting taxpayer’s money and not returning much for their investment.
On Monday, Trump sent budget director Mick Mulvaney to the agency to be acting director after the outgoing director tried to elevate his deputy to the top job.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org