Andy Kim to MacArthur: After Pay-to-Play Comments, Cancel Your Fundraiser with Mulvaney and Reject Corporate PAC Money
Mick Mulvaney, Chief Opponent of the Sandy Relief Package, Encouraged Pay-to-Play with Banking Lobbyists
TOMS RIVER, NJ – The day before Rep. Tom MacArthur plans his big Washington fundraiser with Mick Mulvaney, the White House OMB Director reportedly encouraged bankers and lobbyists to buy Members of Congress for influence. He also revealed that he only met with lobbyists who contributed to his campaign as Congressman. “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 reportedly said.
“Mulvaney’s pay-to-play comments are what’s wrong with Washington and Congressman MacArthur is just part of the problem” Kim said. “Just last week we learned that MacArthur worked to deregulate Wall Street to benefit his former boss and donor, and today he is fundraising with Mick Mulvaney after he publicly encouraged pay-to-play schemes. For the sake of the people he represents, MacArthur must cancel his fundraiser with Mulvaney and pledge to reject corporate PAC money, as I did.”
Earlier this week, Andy Kim slammed Congressman Tom MacArthur’s decision to campaign with Trump White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney, a former Congressman from South Carolina, authored a so-called “poison pill” amendment in the House that would have killed Sandy aid.
“Families here down the shore are still suffering losses and rebuilding from Sandy. Hosting a fundraiser with another friend of Wall Street, a man who tried to block relief funding to rebuild during the storm, is as tone deaf as it gets and disrespectful to the people of New Jersey,” Kim said.
The third Congressional district in southern New Jersey stretches from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Jersey shore. The district voted for President Obama twice and Democrats hold a party registration advantage. Andy Kim is listed as one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s ‘Red to Blue’ top priorities for 2018. Andy Kim grew up in Marlton, NJ and lives in the area with his wife, Kammy, and two young children. He previously served in Afghanistan as a strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen, and worked under Democrats and Republicans focused on keeping our nation safe.