Washington, D.C. â€“ A group of U.S. senators asked the Department of Treasury to curtail use of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau flyers that solicit information from taxpayers.
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ron Johnson, R- Wis., James Lankford, R- Okla., Mike Rounds, R- S.D., John Kennedy, R- La., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said it is not appropriate for the Treasury to include flyers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with official IRS mailings.
In a letter sent recently, the senators asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to end the IRSâ€™s practice of including CFPB flyers with taxpayer refunds.
â€œWe do not believe the CFPB has the authority to use the IRS as a conduit to solicit Americansâ€™ stories about money. Additionally, since the CFPB is funded by a transfer of non-appropriated funds from the Federal Reserve Systemâ€™s combined earnings, we question whether it is appropriate to use taxpayer dollars â€¦to advertise the CFPB,â€ the senators wrote.Â â€œThe CFPB is supposed to be an independent organization, we do not believe the Treasury Department should be soliciting information on behalf of the entity. We respectfully request that Treasuryâ€™s Bureau of Fiscal Service curtail this practice…â€
Enzi requested a study last fall on federal public relations spending.Â A Government Accountability Office report found that the CFPB spent a higher percentage of its budget on public relations activities than any other federal entity examined, except for the Peace Corps.
Click here for a copy of the letter.