Federal Reserve official under fire for donating to Hillary Clinton–47gh.,b43
Republican lawmakers are blasting the Federal Reserve after it was revealed tht one of its top officials has donated to Hillary Clinton.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said the news that Lael Brainard, a Fed governor, had donated $750 to Clinton’s presidential campaign called into question the central bank’s political independence.
“If anyone had questions about the independence of the Federal Reserve, this makes it crystal clear they’re not,” he said in a statement.
And House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said the donations are the latest sign the Fed is essentially a tool of the administration.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Brainard gave three separate donations to Clinton between November and January.
Brainard, a former Treasury official under President Obama, joined the Fed’s Board of Governors in June 2014. She was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 61 to 31, with Vitter among the Republican opposing her nomination.
Brainard’s husband was a State Department official under Clinton.
A Fed spokesperson told Bloomberg that Fed officials are to refrain from partisan political activities but are free to vote and make donations within certain guidelines, like other executive branch employees.
While the donation may not have been against the rules, it has opened up a fresh line of attack for the Fed’s critics, particularly on the right.
source-the hill, peter schroeder, lael brainard