WASHINGTON – Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings received thousands of dollars from payday lenders after taking steps to protect the industry from regulation, according to a report issued Thursday by a consumer group.
In September 2016, the south Florida Democrat wrote a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expressing concern about efforts to regulate the industry and around that same time, received $8,000 in campaign contributions from people connected to Amscot and Community Services Association of America PAC, according to Allied Progress.
A year earlier, he got $20,000 in contributions three weeks after writing a column about the industry in the Washington Examiner.
That earned Hastings a spot in a "Payday Puppets" report from Allied Progress that details more than a dozen lawmakers who have taken money from the industry, which is seeking to roll back proposed reforms and has a good chance under the Trump administration.
Hastings' office did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
According to Allied Progress, the industry has bought Florida politicians, contributing more than $2.5 million to candidates and political parties since 2009.