WASHINGTON D.C. – The Republican Governors Association today filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for records related to Director Richard Cordray’s potential violation of the Hatch Act while exploring a run for Ohio governor. A copy of the FOIA can be found here.
The request follows media reports that Cordray is actively exploring a run for Ohio governor in 2018, speaking openly with Democrat insiders, and even pushing a possible opponent to not run. As reported yesterday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Congressman Jeb Hensarling is requesting that a Special Counsel investigate if Cordray violated the Hatch Act, which limits political activity on the part of federal executive branch employees.
“Richard Cordray is so power hungry, he’s potentially using his Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office for political gain at the expense of taxpayers,” said RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson. “Cordray should be honest with investigators, Congress, and most importantly Ohioans, and admit truthfully what steps he has taken to run, if he engaged in prohibited political activity, if he communicated with Democrat insiders, if he pressured others to not run, and why he is more focused on power than doing his job.”