Caught with his Hand in the Till, Congressman Mullins
Breaks Campaign Promise of Only Three Terms to Avoid Paying Back the Campaign Funds?
By the Watchman
Never before in our eight years of coverage of Oklahoma politics have we ran into such an arrogant politician like Markwayne Mullins. This man is so self-centered and power hungry that he has fooled himself into believing that he doesn't work for the people who elected him. We can't help but wonder if his plumbing business is being ran as bad.
What brought our attention to this individual was this story Oklahoma pol: 'Bull crap' constituents pay salary - CNNPolitics.com. We realize that using CNN as a source may cause some heartburn over this maybe being fake news. That is not the case here. Their story is supported by this article Rep. Markwayne Mullin calls 'bullcrap' at town hall in Jay: 'This is a service. No one here pays me to go' | Government | tuls. In fact you will find that this story is not only included in these two articles, but is also included in many local newspapers in Congressional District 2. This is a clear example of a man who has let power go to his head.
The next article of interest we found was this The unbearable arrogance of the ungrateful plumber - The Tulsa Voice - May A 2017. We do realize that this publication is not well known outside of the Tulsa metro area, but you should open the link and read the article. It is our opinion that the headline has hit the nail right on the head. How in the world did this man ever get elected to Congress to begin with?
The next article of interest we found was this Ethics continues review of Mullin - POLITICO. There is a ban on legislators being significantly involved in outside interest. Despite this ban he has remained an officer and board member of several plumbing companies, made commercials for them and received a ($600,000.00) six hundred thousand dollar salary from them. This would indicate that he has been in violation of House Ethics Rules for the last five years and remains so to this day.
The next article of interest we found was this Ethics continues review of Mullin - POLITICO. Despite the warning of the first talk with the Ethics Committee, Mr. Mullins continues his association with the various plumbing companies and making commercials for them. Despite the protest of Mr. Mullins saying that it should be over since they have already talked to him about it, they will continue to monitor the situation. They fell short of conducting a full hearing at this time. In short that's the establishment's way of giving him a second chance to divest himself of these duties.
We are sure that many of you remember when Congress passed the ban on insider trading on the stock market. We would like to know how many of you are aware that they repealed that law shortly after the next election. Now that is an activity that is illegal for any of us not in either Chamber of the federal Legislature. We found this article http://thehill.com/homenews/house/336842-exclusive-gop-lawmaker-talked-stocks-with-colleagues. Now this also involves a Congressman from New York. As this is still under investigation we were unable to find out any information about it. This may be a reason that the Ethics Committee didn't end the investigation of his other rules violations.
The next article of interest we found was this U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma may reassess term limit vow | News OK. What this story won't tell you is he had no other choice. The Federal Election Commission had caught him collecting and spending funds for the 2018 campaign before he filed for re-election. That in itself is another ethics violation. It seems like every time we turn around he's committing an ethics violation of one form or another. It's looking more and more like we sent a criminal to Congress instead of someone we could depend on.
The next article of interest we found was this How A Dumb Political Comment Unveils A Lifetime Of Arrogance. Now in fairness we must warn you that this article does contain some vulgar content. Open the link and read it at your own risk. What is more disturbing about this article than the use of vulgar language is it is all true. He then has enough gall to have an advertisement on here that says "A Voice for Oklahoma. Congressman Markwayne Mullin." Not true according to his town hall meetings. He's up there for the power and nothing else.
The next article of information we found was this Markwayne Mullin | Congressional Scorecard - FreedomWorks. Despite his lofty numbers for this year, his average is only barely above seventy-three percent (73.2). That's very close to being a RINO and is the third worse voting record of all the Representatives we have here in Oklahoma. Then he has the nerve to come back and do a town hall meeting and claim he doesn't work for the citizens who elected him. In our opinion he is unworthy of the votes of the individuals of Congressional District 2.
The next article we found was his campaign web site here Mullin for Congress. The first item we noticed missing from here was what political party does he represent. We were unable to find it anywhere on his web site. We no longer feel that the words on here "A Rancher, A Businessman. Not a politician "can be said about him. After all he has broken his pledge to run for only three terms. We forgot. The FEC caught him collecting and spending campaign contributions for the 2018 campaign before he filed. Now he'll claim he had to, but if he was already collecting and spending those funds, it would appear to us that he planned to run anyway. That explanation won't fly now will it?
The next article we looked at within his campaign site was this Issues - Mullin for Congress. Right off the bat he is campaigning as if he is a Conservative. We question his claim of being a Conservative. Most Conservatives wouldn't have three ethics violations being investigated at the same time. Most Conservatives would abide by the oath they took and would have stepped down after his third term. Most Conservative politicians wouldn't and didn't vote on the House Bill that repealed and replaced Obamacare. The Republican House Bill was actually worse than Obamacare.
The next article of interest we found was this Markwayne Mullin - Wikipedia. We would urge you to open this link and read the article. It gives you a brief hint at some of what the House Ethics Committee is looking at. We do understand his not wanting to step down from these positions, but that doesn't give him the right to break the law. He is not above the law.
The next article of interest we found was this Coburn will work to oust Mullin after congressman breaks term limit pledge | News OK. Although we don't look at Senator Coburn without some skepticism, we will give him a thumbs up for his efforts. They are sorely needed.
We then found this article Former Sen. Tom Coburn says he will work against Rep. Markwayne Mullin after breaking of term-limit pledge | Homepagelatest |. This article goes into more detail as to the reason that Senator Coburn is making this effort. We would recommend that you open this link and read the article.
This article is perhaps key to the reelection hopes of Mr. Mullin Oklahoma ScissorTales: Voters will have final say on Rep. Markwayne Mullin's decision | News OK. In the end it is the voters that will make the decision. People have long memories Mr. Mullin. They won't soon forget the way you attempted to humiliate their intelligence in Jay. No one in the state will forgive your arrogance in claiming they don't help pay your salary. Nor will they soon forget that you made the statement that you don't work for them. Politicians like you are like diapers. They need to be changed often. We will be watching your campaign closely.
We all almost fell out of our chairs laughing when we found this article Markwayne Mullin reminded everyone he's still an idiot… | The Lost Ogle. The sad part is that it happens to be true. His rampage in Jay at the town hall meeting he held became National News. Yes folks even CNN got this story right. He has proven to be an embarrassment to the state of Oklahoma.
We then found this article Markwayne Mullin, U.S. congressman, says taxpayers aren't his boss - Washington Times. During this entire time he spoke down to the citizens who voted for him. He claimed he paid his own salary in the taxes that he paid from his various businesses. He fails to understand that the failure to divest himself of his positions and stepping back to allow someone else run the businesses is one of the reasons he continues to be under House Ethics Commission investigation. He claims that this is a service, well he doesn't do a lot of good for the people voting for a repeal and replace medical bill that's just as bad as Obamacare.
The next article of interest we found was this Search Bills in Congress - GovTrack.us. This is another link you want to open and read the article for yourself. We can't help but wonder why he's been in the Capital for five years and has only introduced two pieces of legislation and was added as a co-sponsor on four others. From where we stand, he owes the taxpayers in his district a refund.
Within the previous article we did find this piece of legislation To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes. (2. Now most Native American Tribes would be upset over this legislation and would be justifiably upset over the idea, in this case it's a little different. He did this at the request of the Tribal Council. That is the only thing we have been able to find that he has done for the people.
The next article of interest we found was this Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Campaign Finance/Money - Summary - Representative 2018 | OpenSecrets. This shows you why he had to run for a fourth term. These numbers were from the Federal Election Commission and deal only with the 2018 campaign cycle. Open the link and you can clearly see that he has been collecting and spending donations since January. The report for April through June have not been posted yet.
The next article of interest we found was this Markwayne Mullin - Ballotpedia. What is interesting in this article is that they consider him to be a considerable risk of breaking with the Party and voting with the Democrats. That doesn't speak very highly of his character.
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information they had available on Mr. Mullin. We started by going to his biography page here Markwayne Mullin's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Here we found that he's a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. We can't help but wonder why an individual under investigation by the ethics committee is sitting on the oversight and investigation committee. That presents a conflict of interest.
We next went to his Voting Records page here Markwayne Mullin's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Here you can see how he voted on everything since he was elected to Congress. You can also tell where his attitude on various subjects changed just about the time he needed to start his campaign for the next election.
We next went to the Ratings and Endorsement page here Markwayne Mullin's Ratings and Endorsements - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. These are some examples of what we found.
2016 Naral Pro-Choice America 0%
2016 Planned Parenthood Action Fund 0%
2016 Campaign for Working Families 100%
2016 National Right to Life 100%
These numbers remained consistent throughout his time in office.
Business and Consumers
2015-2016 American Forest and Paper Association 100%
2015-2016 Associated Builders and Contractors 100%
2015-2016 National Association of Manufacturers 98%
2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce 90%
We could go on, but it gets repetitious. What these numbers tell us is that he has sold his vote to big business. He could care less about the average consumer. They are paying for his re-election campaign and he is paying them back with his vote.
Campaign Finance and Elections
2016 Common Couse 0%
2013-2014 Brady Campaign Violence Lap Dog Rating 0%
We can't stress enough the importance of you opening this ling and reading through the ratings themselves. This man only seems to get favorable ratings from groups as he enters a new election year. He plans that. He does that to say he's a Conservative. If he was a true Conservative he wouldn't be under three investigations by the House Ethics Committee.
We next looked at his campaign finance page here Markwayne Mullin's Campaign Finances - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Now these figures are from 2016's campaign. We have the current numbers on file for his 2018 campaign and will be forwarding them to this organization.
We next went to the Federal Election Commission to see what they had on his 2018 campaign. Here is what we found MULLIN, MARKWAYNE MR. - Candidate overview | FEC. Now this does tell you a lot of good information however it doesn't get down to the meat and potatoes of who is giving and what amounts they are giving to his campaign. There is a button there called "Browse Receipts" that you can push and open it all up or you can just open this link Browse Receipts | FEC. Now the numbers aren't in for the April thru June reports yet, but you can see that major corporations are already standing behind him.
The next article of interest we found was this Pledge-breaking Markwayne Mullin is just another power-drunk RINO with no principles. We would have to agree. His arrogance and hubris are to a point that he feels that he is owed the position he currently sits in. He has instead demonstrated the petulance of a two year old throwing a temper tantrum. If he runs his businesses like this, it's a wonder they are still in business.
In conclusion we can only apologize for the suffering the residents of Congressional District 2 have suffered over the last 5 years. This man is not fit for office. We find that he's not fit to even run a plumbing business. A man under the scrutiny of the House Ethics Committee is not worthy of re-election. There are better qualified individuals out there.