Mnuchin raised funds for Trump

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Martin Crutsinger, Julie Bykow­icz and Julie Pace

wash­ing­ton» Steven Mnuchin, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s choice to be the na­tion’s 77th Trea­sury sec­re­tary, has had a long his­tory as a suc­cess­ful fi­nan­cial executive and a shorter but sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod in a job that ush­ered him into Trump’s in­ner cir­cle: head of Trump’s cam­paign fi­nance op­er­a­tion.

When Mnuchin, 53, was cho­sen by Trump as his na­tional fi­nance direc­tor in May, he told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the two men had been friends for 15 years. Through his work as fi­nance chair­man, Mnuchin is close to Trump’s chil­dren and son-in-law, Jared Kush­ner — a top ad­viser to Trump — and worked with them on fundrais­ing events.

The cam­paign raised at least $169 mil­lion, in ad­di­tion to the $66 mil­lion that Trump spent out of his own pocket. Al­though that was far short of what Hil­lary Clin­ton raised, it rep­re­sented an im­pres­sive haul, given that Trump didn’t be­gin fundrais­ing in earnest un­til the end of May.

Mnuchin and Wil­bur Ross, Trump’s pick to be Com­merce sec­re­tary, said Wed­nes­day on CNBC that they were look­ing for­ward to work­ing to­gether as the new ad­min­is­tra­tion pur­sues poli­cies to boost eco­nomic growth and jobs.

“Our num­ber-one pri­or­ity is tax re­form,” Mnuchin said. “This will be the largest tax change since Rea­gan . ... We are go­ing to cut cor­po­rate taxes, which will bring huge amounts of jobs back to the United States.”

If ap­proved by the Sen­ate, Mnuchin would bring vast Wall Street ex­pe­ri­ence but no gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence to Trea­sury, some­thing that could prove a hur­dle in nav­i­gat­ing the tricky pol­i­tics of Wash­ing­ton.

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