Rep. Gregory Meeks
Top financial industry donor: Credit Union National Association
- Held a 2012 birthday fundraiser at the Wall Street Capital Grille, top ticket price $2,500. Previous fundraisers hosted by lobbyists for payday, card, mortgage insurance, ICBA and credit unions.
- Defended a 2009 bill to loosen regulation of payday lenders by saying it provides options to people who in earlier times "would come back without a limb" for failing to repay.
- Spoke at a conference in July where he defended high cost payday lenders as serving low-income people.
- Industry contributions over career