BANGOR – A watchdog group from Washington D.C. Has asked that a senate ethics committee investigate Rep. Bruce Poliquin over payday lending kickbacks.
Poliquin’s office responded by saying the claims are false and misleading.
The Campaign For Accountability says Poliquin took campaign funds in 2015 from payday lending industry executives and political action committees around the same time he voted against a bill that would have limited the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s budget.
“Thirty-five hundred dollars is the amount, it’s from one executive and then it looks like from three PACs — a thousand dollars each from three payday lending industry PACs,” said Daniel Stevens, Campaign For Accountability spokesman.
Poliquin’s spokesman said the Campaign For Accountability is basing its entire attack on one vote that dealt with the capping the consumer financial protection bureau’s budget.
He added that Poliquin has actually voted twice since – in 2016 and 2017 – against payday lending proposals.
“The congressman actually should be thanked by these groups for what he’s doing in regarding the CFPB’s rules on payday lending,” said Brendan Conley, Poliquin’s press secretary.
Conley stressed that anybody can file a complaint and there is no threshold or basis required to do so.
The Campaign For Accountability also filed a similar claim against Poliquin in October 2015 and that went nowhere.