There are hypocrites, shameless hypocrites, and then there is Garland Tucker. A new report this morning outlines how Tucker made his money – by lobbying Congress in support of the Obama stimulus bill, resulting in skyrocketing pay for himself after the bill’s passage.
Now, Tucker is taking the same money he made from the increased taxpayer-funded government loan limits he lobbied for in the Obama stimulus and funding attack advertisements decrying wasteful government spending. Hypocrite much?
What we now know about hypocrite Garland Tucker’s taxpayer-funded business record:
- Tucker’s business, Triangle Capital, lobbied for the stimulus package that increased caps on Small Business Administration loans from $137.5 million to $225 million.
- As a direct result of the stimulus’ passage, Triangle Capital increased the amount of SBA loans on its books to $250 million.
- After the Obama stimulus’ passage, Tucker’s personal salary increased from $1 million in 2009 to $3.7 million in 2016, before he ended his tenure with the company.
- Tucker has loaned his campaign $1.25 million to fund attack ads decrying a lack of “backbone” in cutting spending. He has called the federal debt “immoral.”
“Garland Tucker is perfectly fine allowing hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill for massive, debt-increasing spending bills – so long as their money ends up in his pockets. Garland Tucker is a charlatan whose every pious word about government spending stands in direct conflict with the way he has run his business and campaign.” -SLF Communications Director Jack Pandol