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Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles

Company pays for his trip to London, he backs less regulations on its high interest loans.

By - Apr 16th, 2018 01:57 pm
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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s ties to a title loan company in Georgia have put him in hot water.

As Jason Stein and Patrick Marley have reported for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, two lobbyists for the title loan company, Select Management Resources, went on a trip to London with Vos last August. The trip was paid for by the GOPAC Education Fund.

The CEO of Select Management Resources, Rod Aycox, has been a big donor to Republicans in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign notes that on October 5, 2016, Rod Aycox gave his largest donation, $20,000, to the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee in Wisconsin, which Vos controls.

Just a few weeks earlier, Vos had sent a letter to the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau in Washington, D.C., complaining that some regulations that had been proposed would be “so cumbersome they would effectively eliminate the short-term lending industry in Wisconsin.”

A 2016 report by WisPIRG found that Wisconsin residents pay a whopping average annual percentage rate of 589 percent on loans from this short-term lending industry.

According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Rod and his wife, Leslie, gave a total of $96,500 to candidates and legislative campaign committees between 2006 and 2018. All but $1,000 went to Republicans; they haven’t given to Democrats in more than a decade.

Select Management Resources owns 16 LoanMax stores in Wisconsin

In 2011, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that loosened regulations on title loan companies in Wisconsin.

Aycox’s second biggest gift was $8,000 to the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate in Wisconsin, which he delivered on October 16, 2016.

His third biggest was to Gov. Walker, who got $5,000 on August 4, 2014.

And his fourth biggest gift was to Brad Schimel, who got $2,500 on March 5, 2017.

Vos’s counterpart in Ohio, Cliff Rosenberger, was on the same London trip as Vos, and Rosenberger is stepping down because of an FBI investigation into that trip, among other issues, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Vos told the Journal Sentinel he has not been contacted by the FBI.

9 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles”

  1. Terry says:

    Soooo greasy! Robin Vos should be forced to resign! You gotta Pay to Play in Walker’s Wississippi! Sleazy Robin Vos knows that! Wisconsin Republicans have truly perfected the art of corruption. They gerrymander the state, steal our voting rights, sell themselves and the state off to the highest bidder all while mooching off the taxpayers for decades or like Walker, their entire adult lives! Wisconsin republicans are scheming, lying, cheating, corrupt charlatans!

    Dump Vos
    Dump Walker
    Dump Vukmir
    Dump Fitzgerald
    Dump ALL Republicans!!

  2. Old Man Yells at Cloud says:

    WI repubs are looking great lately! Congrats Robin, thank you for tirelessly working in our best INTEREST.

  3. Tom says:

    A trip to London so Robin Vos could “research Winston Churchhill…” that is honestly this frauds excuse. Yeah right….Hey Robin, you and other republicans obviously didn’t learn anything about history. If you did you republicans wouldn’t be sycophantic Trump enablers and appeasers but instead you would’ve stood up to Trump’s fascism! But you, Walker, Ryan and all the rest of Wisconson republicans don’t. Shame on you! Shame!! Want some research? Get a copy of The Gathering Storm, read it!

  4. Jake currently of the MKE says:

    He’s got the skills to pay to play to fleece the state taxpayers.

  5. Eric J. says:

    “so Robin Vos could “research Winston Churchhill”
    -Robin :

    -Get a BOOK./Read a BOOK.
    -GOOGLE Winston Churchill.
    -Watch PBS
    -Come up with a more clever excuse for this obvious free vacation. Have you learned nothing about impropriety?
    -Or do you think that in the Trump era that this is small potatoes?

  6. Terry says:

    Dump Vos
    Dump Walker
    Dump Fitzgerald
    Dump Vukmir
    Dump ALL these crooked republicans!

  7. CarlBaehr says:

    How lame can you get? If this guy has to travel to learn about the leaders of the places he visits, he must not know much. Lets get rid of fools like this.

  8. Terry says:

    Usury is bad enough Robin! Jesus threw the avaricious money lenders out of the temple. Robin Vos invited them in and set the table! Resign sir, resign! Or we’ll vote you out of office very soon!

    Dump Vos

  9. Tom says:

    “The list of questions Robin Vos needs to answer about his relationship with sleazy Cliff Rosenberger and how he’s doing business in Wisconsin keeps growing.”

    http://onewisconsinnow.org/press/robin-voss-relationship-with-disgraced-ex-ohio-speaker-didnt-start-in-london/

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