Offering what one observer called \u0022a crystal clear picture of how money buys influence in U.S. politics,\u0022 leaked audio obtained Tuesday by consumer watchdog group Allied Progress showed executives from some of the largest payday lenders in the U.S. boasting about how they have used campaign donations to purchase access to President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s White House.One of the audio clips posted online by Allied Progress features Advance Financial founder and CEO Michael Hodges explaining how his donations to Trump\u0026#039;s presidential campaign have given him the power to contact the White House about desired policy changes.\u0022It\u0026#039;s not surprising payday lenders are exploiting President Trump\u0026#039;s fondness for quid pro quos, because it clearly works.\u0022—Derek Martin, Allied Progress\u0022When you go and speak to the administration through the campaign, they will listen,\u0022 said Hodges. \u0022For example, I\u0026#039;ve gone to [Republican National Committee Chairwoman] Ronna McDaniel and said, \u0026#039;Ronna, I need help on something,\u0026#039; she\u0026#039;s been able to call over to the White House and say, \u0026#039;Hey, we have one of our large givers. They need an audience. They want, they need to be heard. And you need to listen to them.\u0026#039;\u0022Hodges said the Trump White House \u0022has been helpful on this particular rule that we\u0026#039;re working on right now,\u0022 apparently referring to an Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulation designed to prevent consumers from falling into debt traps due to high-interest loans.The CFPB, run by Trump appointee Kathy Kraninger, took the first steps toward scrapping the rule in February. Allied Progress said \u0022the payday industry will reap over $7 billion every year in fees from the most vulnerable communities in the United States\u0022 if the CFPB succeeds in killing the regulation.Listen to Hodges\u0026#039; remarks, which came during a September 24 webinar with a group of payday lending executives:BREAKING We\u0026#039;ve just obtained audio from payday loan execs detailing their own \u0022quid pro quo\u0022 relationship with Trump.In this first clip, payday lender @mhodges6120 of @AF_247 says his money buys him a direct line to the White House. Listen: pic.twitter.com/yLgi7G7hgl— Allied Progress (@AlliedProgress) October 29, 2019To make things clear, Hodges explains exactly what happens after the donations come in:Step 1: He calls @GOPChairwoman Ronna McDaniel.Step 2: McDaniel calls the White House and tells them she has a big donor who needs a favor.Step 3: The payday industry gets its meeting. pic.twitter.com/0KB0ZZ6eiL— Allied Progress (@AlliedProgress) October 29, 2019Max Wood of Borrow Smart Compliance, a consultant for the payday industry, said during the webinar that \u0022the needle moved in our favor\u0022 after Trump\u0026#039;s victory in the 2016 presidential election.\u0022President Trump is really the backstop,\u0022 said Wood.In a statement Tuesday, Allied Progress director Derek Martin said the recordings represent \u0022the worst of Washington, D.C.—wealthy executives buying off politicians so they can keep their predatory business model intact.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s not surprising payday lenders are exploiting President Trump\u0026#039;s fondness for quid pro quos, because it clearly works,\u0022 added Martin. \u0022The president and his team at the CFPB have no good reason to push millions more people towards 400 percent interest loans and the payday debt trap. They\u0026#039;re acting solely on the millions of bad reasons payday lenders keep contributing to his campaign, and the industry clearly feels emboldened by that.\u0022\u0022The president pledged to drain the swamp, instead it appears he\u0026#039;s catering to the alligators,\u0022 Martin said.