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SC Congressman Mick Mulvaney Facing Confirmation as Trump's Budget Chief

by Countable | 3.20.17

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), a fiscal conservative who is President Donald Trump’s selection to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), could be confirmed by the Senate today. In announcing the nomination, Trump called Mulvaney "a tremendous talent, especially when it comes to numbers and budgets."

Who is Mick Mulvaney?

John Michael Mulvaney, 49, was born in Alexandria, VA, and lived in Charlotte, NC, where his father, Mike, was a homebuilder and his mother, Kathy, a teacher, before the family moved to Indian Land, SC. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a degree in international economics, commerce and finance in 1989. He earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992, then joined the respected Charlotte firm of James, McElroy & Diehl, where he practiced commercial transaction law.

He set off in 1997 to start his own practice, only to wind up selling it within three years after deciding to join his family’s real estate development business. In 2009, three years after completing the Owners/ Presidents Management program at Harvard Business School, Mulvaney became a shareholder and franchisee of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, a fast casual Mexican restaurant chain. This was the first of six such eateries that he planned to open within the next four years throughout North and South Carolina, with him running the day-to-day operations and his wife, Pamela, handling the catering.

But his business ventures were secondary to his political career, which he launched in 2006 by getting elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. Two years later, he won a state Senate race, but his big break came in 2010. Buoyed by the Tea Party movement that arose from the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, Mulvaney defeated 14-term Democratic incumbent Jack Spratt and took a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In so doing, he became the first Republican since 1883 to represent South Carolina’s 5th District.

A member of both the Financial Services Committee and the Committee on Small Business, he co-founded the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members that is believed to have been the driving force behind the departure of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in 2015.

Mulvaney, a Roman Catholic, met Pamela West while waiting in line at a bookstore during his law school days. They married in 1998 and are the parents of triplets: Caroline, Finn and James.

What’s the outlook for his confirmation?

Good, but expect it to be bumpy along the way thanks to Mulvaney’s stated hard line on budget issues. Those in his own party who hope to ramp up defense spending will find no quarter with Mulvaney, who has often sided with liberal Democrats to cut defense spending and has declared his opposition to raising the country’s debt limit. He will likely face extra scrutiny over his failure to pay $15,000 in employment taxes for a household worker.

Still, being a founding member of the Freedom Caucus may prove to have its privileges. The group has grown in influence over the years, enough that his GOP critics will likely line up behind him, even as the Democrats recall his willingness to reach across the aisle to craft spending plans.

You can tell your senators how to vote on Mulvaney's confirmation using the "Take Action" button:

What does the Office of Management and Budget do?

OMB is the business division of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. It assists the president in preparing and administering the federal budget and evaluates the effectiveness of federal agencies, policies and procedures. It also promotes and oversees e-government initiatives, which defined as the use of electronic communication devices and the Internet to provide public services.

OMB is also responsible for ensuring that its reports, rules, testimony and proposed laws are consistent with the president’s budget and administration policies. OMB employs 529 people and had a Fiscal Year 2011 budget of $92.8 million.

-- Erin Wright

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  • Mariel
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representative, From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Gail
    02/15/2017
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    Mick Mulvaney owed back taxes for as much as five years and failed to pay taxes on a domestic worker who helped take care of his triplets. Please do not vote for someone who cannot manage his own finances to head the Office of Budget Management. Please also do not reward any Tea Party member who was part of the repeated "threaten to shut down the government movement" because they put their own agenda above the good of our nation. We do not need obstructionists in government, but rather skilled and dedicated employees who can engage in intelligent discourse with others to get things done!

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  • Ashton
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representative, From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Diane
    02/15/2017
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    Please vote NO on Mulvaney. From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Jen
    02/15/2017
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    Senator Tillis and Senator Burr, I no longer believe that you listen to your constituents but feel I have to keep trying. Hundreds of your constituents, including myself, called and emailed you begging you to vote against DeVos, and you ignored us. We called and emailed again begging you to vote against Sessions, and you ignored us. Now we're asking you to vote against Mulvaney. I know you will ignore us, I know my senators care only about profiting from their votes and not about representing their constituents. I keep writing only so you know that I will not ignore you. I am watching, remembering, and I vote. I don't sell my votes, in fact it would take me 2.5 years to earn the amount of money Senator Tillis alone received for voting for DeVos. I vote for the candidate who represents his or her constituents, works for the American people, and stands up for human rights. You have done nothing to earn my vote come your reelection. Please, prove me wrong. Shock everyone in Charlotte and do the right thing.

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  • Caren
    02/15/2017
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    Since I know you are going to ignore the will of the public like you did with DeVoes I want you to know that I will work very hard to see you aren't re-elected.

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  • Judi
    02/15/2017
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    I don't know anything about this individual. I will keep an open mind and learn what I can about him, but my initial reaction is this: The president says he's "a tremendous talent, especially when it comes to numbers and budgets.", which leads me to believe he can't count or do simple math, and/or he's bankrupted himself and/or several companies. Not that I'm bitter, but if anyone hasn't figured out the trend in his picks yet, I honestly and respectfully say that I would be shocked if that person can feed themselves and tie their own shoelaces. EDIT: I did a very cursory search and the first thing I found, on Wikipedia, was this "Mulvaney admitted that he had failed to pay $15,000 in payroll taxes from 2000-04 for a nanny he had hired to care for his triplets. Mulvaney said he did not pay the taxes because he viewed the woman as a babysitter rather than as a household employee." It also said he realized it was a mistake and has started paying this back. I believe we're human and we all make mistakes and I think it's admirable that he's paying it back-- it shows some integrity in a nominee, and that is sorely lacking in this administration. My concern isn't his mistake, it's that the role he's been nominated for requires strenuous attention to detail and attention to rules and laws. I also object to this very same mistake having disqualified Dem nominees in the past--not as revenge, but that there's a precedent.

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  • Brian
    02/15/2017
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    Please do not continue to endorse unqualified candidates. Playing nice was taken out of the game plan by The obstructionists for the past 8 years. Until meaningful candidates are presented for any position- all should be opposed. We will remember the votes in California. And vote and support candidates accordingly in the next election

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  • ShePersisted
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representative, From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Jeanne
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representative, From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Peggy
    02/15/2017
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    No future cabinet posts should even be discussed until a full investigation is done into the administration's ties with Russia. And, in that, Trump must release his taxes!

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  • Cinsai
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representative, From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Matt
    02/15/2017
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    DEMAND A BI-PARTISAN INVESTIGATION INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ITS TIES TO RUSSIA!!!

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  • Jack
    02/15/2017
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    None of potus45 suggestions are worth supporting.

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  • Nate
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representatives, I strongly urge you to vote against Mick Mulvaney. His plans to completely defund Planned Parenthood will leave millions of American women without essential help that they need to protect themselves from STIs, cancers, and other necessities. Additionally, he is another Republican that despises ACA and wishes to repeal it but has not put forward any plan to replace it. This removal of health care will leave, again, millions of Americans vulnerable to life's unpredictability. While I agree with his stance against increased defense budget spending, his viewpoints on PP and the ACA have led me to ask you to vote against him. Thank you

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  • MomKath32
    02/15/2017
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    I am all for fiscal responsibility-- but NOT on the backs of those already suffering, financially and emotionally. The barely existing middle class will evaporate with this man's intended actions. He is a pleaser... and a follower... EXACTLY what tRUMP is looking for! He looks only to elevate himself. The positive is, at least the administration can get some good "Mexican food" (not touched by illegal Mexicans) catered in for meetings from his restaurants.

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  • Terri
    02/15/2017
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    A person who failed to pay the taxes on his own household employee should not be in charge of a government budget. We do not need more people with ethics problems.

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  • Whitney
    02/15/2017
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    Dear Representative, From student loans to health care, from road and infrastructure funding to caring for veterans, Congress has the ability to significantly alter some of the most basic aspects of our lives. Appointing Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Budget Chief would be a failure from day 1. There are too many reasons against appointing Mick Mulvaney. Those reasons include his inability to get along well with his colleagues, his disdain for working with his opposition, his lack of respect for the needs of women, his cozy relationship with lobbyists and special interests, his office-hopping ambition, his failure to accomplish anything substantive, his evident hypocrisy, and his failure to adhere to his stated principles. Quite honestly, he is patently is unfit for the office he currently occupies. He helped himself to the use of public funds to support his private real estate projects in Lancaster County, but opposes using public financing to help South Carolina’s young people attend college, South Carolina businesspeople expand their business, and South Carolina families get their first home. He has fought for corporate interests, the same ones that fund his campaigns, without regard for their impact on the people he represents. His disinclination to learn about science forces him to deny climate change, deny the effects of the Zika virus, and misunderstand many of our most pressing national issues. Not to mention, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 17 other Members, sent a letter to House Republican Leadership requesting that Planned Parenthood be defunded through every available measure. A co-founder the Freedom Caucus, a group of ultra-conservative Republican House members, the letter regarding Planned Parenthood stated he will "vehemently urge House Republican leadership to use every available tool to strip [Planned Parenthood] of any and all taxpayer funds and take measures to prevent this organization from receiving taxpayer dollars in the future. Furthermore, we will not support any funding measure that provides taxpayer dollars for this organization.”". Interesting fact: as reported in the New York Times, Congressman Mulvaney failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004. And in 2013, a blogger discovered that Mick Mulvaney had owed thousands of dollars in back taxes for as long as five years. The man CANNOT EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN FINANCES. Mick Mulvaney has proved himself skilled at fingerpointing (at John Boehner, at President Obama, at fellow Republicans, at Congressional Democrats) but has rarely taken responsibility for his own failings as a Congressman. Please vote NO on Mulvaney.

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  • Gary
    02/16/2017
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    He's for cutting social security by 20%? It would be political suicide to support this guy. Wake up and listen to the people of this country.

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  • Ladydianarama
    02/15/2017
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    He should be disqualified because of the $15,000 he failed to pay in payroll taxes. This very issue has DQ'd other nominees in past administrations. Be consistent (towards good)

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