MULVANEY OWED $15,000 IN BACK TAXES FOR A DOMESTIC EMPLOYEE

New York Times Headline: Trump Budget Nominee Did Not Pay Taxes For Employee.  [New York Times, 01/18/17]

Mulvaney Owed $15,000 In Back Payroll Taxes For A Household Employee.  In January 2017 the New York Times wrote, “President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for White House budget director failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee, he admitted in a statement to the Senate Budget Committee, the sort of tax compliance issue that has derailed cabinet nominees in the past.”  [New York Times, 01/18/17]

Mulvaney Disclosed A Failure To Pay FICA Taxes On A Household Employee From 2000-2004.   In January 2017 the New York Times wrote, “In a questionnaire provided to the committee, Representative Mick Mulvaney, a conservative from South Carolina and vocal proponent of fiscal restraint noted, ‘I have come to learn during the confirmation review process that I failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004.’”  [New York Times, 01/18/17]

Mulvaney Still Had An Unpaid Tax Bill For Penalties And Interest As Of January 2017.  In January 2017 CNN reported, “The South Carolina Republican, in the questionnaire provided to CNN, wrote: ‘Upon discovery of that shortfall, I paid the federal taxes.’ The relevant penalties and interest ‘are not yet determined,’ he added.”  [CNN, 01/19/17]

MULVANEY ALSO HAD OTHER TAX & ETHICS PROBLEMS

Mulvaney’s Companies Repeatedly Paid Property Taxes Late From 2005 to 2009.  In May 2010 the Rock Hill Herald reported, “Meanwhile, Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney's development company made late tax payments on four different properties between 2005 and 2009, according to York County tax records.”   [Rock Hill Herald, 05/28/10]

Mulvaney Paid Taxes Late Every Year From 2005 to 2009 On Multiple Properties.  In May 2010 the Rock Hill Herald reported, “Mulvaney has no unpaid tax bills in his home county of Lancaster, records showed. In York County, Mulvaney's company paid $20 delinquent fees in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 on lots in the McKendry and Dominion Bridge subdivisions, according to county tax records. The lots were owned by Mulvaney Properties.”   [Rock Hill Herald, 05/28/10]

Mulvaney Suggested That Unpaid Business Taxes Was Not Something People Cared About.  In May 2010 the Rock Hill Herald reported, “Mulvaney did not want to elaborate on his company's payments and said he looks forward to talking about things people care about.”  [Rock Hill Herald, 05/28/10]

Mulvaney Got A Local Government To Front $30 Million For His Development, Then Immediately Sold At A Huge Profit. In October 2010 the Rock Hill Herald reported, “Mulvaney lobbied Lancaster County Council members to approve $30 million in bonds to pay for public improvements such as roads and water lines - an approach commonly used on large-scale projects, including the nearby Sun City retirement community.  After the bonds were approved, Mulvaney sold the property to Lawson's Bend, a homebuilding outfit that failed to make good on the original plans.”   [Rock Hill Herald, 10/08/10]

A Council Member That Approved The Bond Said Mulvaney Lied About His Involvement. In October 2010 the Rock Hill Herald reported, “Mulvaney told Lancaster County officials that he would stay involved personally in the project, said former Councilman Alston DeVenny, a Democrat who later ran against Mulvaney for the state House.  ‘What we found out is, he basically pulled these things together and then got somebody else to develop it,’ DeVenny said. ‘When he was making the pitch (to the council), he was saying, ‘I'm going to do this.'’”   [Rock Hill Herald, 10/08/10]

Mulvaney, Like Trump, Intended To Keep His Business While Having Family Run It.  In January 2017 the Charleston Post and Courier wrote, “In the accompanying letter to the Office of Government Ethics, Mulvaney commits to resigning from his position at his real estate investment holding company, and as a managing member of the firm MP/Collins Road LLC., but plans to retain his financial stake in the businesses while his wife takes over daily operations.”  [Charleston Post and Courier, 01/19/17]

MULVANEY DOESN’T BELIEVE WE NEED TO HAVE A BUDGET OR PAY OUR DEBTS

New York Times: Mulvaney Embraced The Term “Shutdown Caucus” During Debt Ceiling Talks.  In December 2016 the New York Times wrote, “An early backer of Mr. Trump’s during the campaign, Mr. Mulvaney has taken a hard line on spending during President Obama’s term, vowing not to raise the nation’s debt limit and embracing the term “Shutdown Caucus” because of his willingness to shut the government down instead.”  [New York Times, 12/16/16]

Washington Post: Mulvaney Played “A Key Role” In The 2011 Budget Showdown.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Mulvaney quickly staked out ground as one of Congress’s most outspoken fiscal hawks — playing a key role in the 2011 showdown between President Obama and House Republicans that ended in the passage of strict budget caps.”  [Washington Post, 12/17/16]

Washington Post Column: Mulvaney Questioned Whether It Was Necessary To Pay The National Debt.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Since taking office in January 2011, he has voted against (ultimately successful) legislation to raise this ceiling four times. He also publicly questioned whether failing to raise the ceiling would be such a bad thing, and whether it would necessitate defaulting on our debt.”  [Washington Post, 12/20/16]

CNN: Mulvaney Appointment Means “Another Debt Ceiling Debate Is Headed This Way.”  In December 2016 the CNN reported, “Another debt ceiling debate is headed this way: President Trump will almost certainly have to appeal to Congress in March for more room under the debt ceiling to keep borrowing and pay all the debts the U.S. has already promised.  In the past, Mulvaney has voted "no" against raising the debt ceiling. He voted "no" in 2011 when the stalling in Congress spooked the bond market and ended up costing the government more money by raising borrowing costs.  It could be a major sticking point in 2017. Markets get very jittery when Congress does not act to lift the ceiling. It could even trigger a default. Experts say the easiest compromise may be for Mulvaney to push to raise the ceiling in March, but only if there's a plan passed as well to control spending.”  [CNN, 12/20/16]

Charlotte Observer: Mulvaney Cast A Vote To Enable 16-Day Government Shutdown.  In January 2016 the Charlotte Observer wrote, “Elected in 2010 on a wave of tea party support, he cast a vote the next year that enabled a 16-day government shutdown. He fought efforts to raise the debt ceiling and supports a balanced budget amendment.”  [Charlotte Observer, 01/13/17]

Mulvaney Described His Approach To Negotiating The Budget With GOP Leaders As “Playing Chicken.”  In October 2015 the New York Times reported, “He recalled Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader, once telling him in the midst of a fight over raising the debt ceiling, ‘We don’t want to play chicken on this issue.’  Mr. Mulvaney said he had replied: ‘Put this issue aside, I’ll play chicken with you every time. You think I am crazy, and I know you are not.’”  [New York Times, 10/07/15]

MULVANEY HAS WEIRD TRUST ISSUES WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR

Bloomberg: Mulvaney Invested Heavily In Gold As A Hedge Against A Collapsing Dollar.  In December 2016 Bloomberg reported, “President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, has been an active investor in gold and gold-mining stocks, often seen as a hedge against collapsing currency.”  And, “He held between $50,000 and $100,000 in precious metals as of the end of 2015, filings show.”  [Bloomberg, 12/29/16]

Bloomberg: Mulvaney Accused The Treasury Of “Debasing” The Value Of The Dollar.  In December 2016 Bloomberg reported, “The South Carolina Republican congressman has accused the Federal Reserve of debasing the value of the greenback and has praised bitcoin, an alternative currency.”  [Bloomberg, 12/29/16]

Mulvaney Held Between $250K And $850K In Gold And Silver Mining Stocks  In 2010.  In December 2016 Bloomberg reported, “Mulvaney’s investments in mining companies date to at least 2010, the year he was elected to the House of Representatives as part of the Republican Tea Party wave. A filing detailing his holdings at the end of that year shows he and family members owned stocks and funds of gold- and silver-mining companies -- including Eldorado Gold Corp., Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. and Pan American Silver Corp. -- with a total value of between $252,000 and $855,000.”  [Bloomberg, 12/29/16]

Bloomberg: Mulvaney Addressed Group That Espouses Conspiracy Theories About U.S. Currency.  In December 2016 Bloomberg reported, “Shortly after he sold mining stocks in June, Mulvaney spoke at a dinner in South Carolina held by a chapter of the John Birch Society, a group that has pushed conspiracy theories and says the only form of money permitted by the Constitution is gold and silver coin. According to an article in Mother Jones, the congressman told attendees that the Fed’s actions have ‘effectively devalued the dollar’ and harmed economic growth.”  [Bloomberg, 12/29/16]

Mulvaney Said Crypto-Currency Bitcoin Was The Only Currency That Couldn’t Be Manipulated By The Fed.  In December 2016 Business Insider wrote, “In the same speech, Mulvaney also praised bitcoin, saying the cryptocurrency could not be "manipulated" by the government.”  [Business Insider, 12/29/16]

Washington Post: Mulvany Faced Scrutiny For Speaking To Fringe Conspiracy Group John Birch Society.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Less than 30 days from Trump’s inauguration, for example, his designee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), is being scrutinized for his choice in July to speak to a chapter of the John Birch Society, a far-right group known for its paranoia about the Federal Reserve and the possibility of world government. The group was once estranged from mainstream conservatism because of its conspiratorial views, but that did not stop Mulvaney from praising and encouraging its work, according to Mother Jones, citing audio of the speech.”  [Washington Post, 12/22/16]