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    Countrywide Gave VIP Loans to Top Policymakers, Regulators

    The now defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. issued hundreds of discounted loans to government officials and Fannie Mae employees in order to build clout with influential policymakers, a new House report shows. The report, issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, details several Countrywide VIP loans that were given … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    In the last week, the government-backed mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac asked the taxpayer for $19 billion to stay afloat.  Add that to the $127 billion in bailouts they have already received since September 2008, and we are now talking about a whopping $146 billion of your … More

    Who's Behind the Financial Meltdown?

    The Center for Public Integrity has a new project up called The Subprime 25 that identifies the “top 25 lenders who were responsible for nearly $1 trillion of subprime loans made from 2005 through 2007. Together, the companies account for about 72 percent of high-priced loans reported to the government … More

    Fannie and Freddie Finally in Focus

    At the height of the campaign season, House Oversight Committee chair Henry Waxman (D-CA) held a number of hearings on the burgeoning financial meltdown including investigations into the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of AIG, The Breakdown of Credit Rating Agencies, and The Role of Federal Regulators. The purpose … More

    The Real Problem With Fannie and Freddie

    The Washington Post has a fine editorial on the current financial crisis first noting: As financial panic spread across the globe and governments scrambled to contain the damage, reality seemed to announce the doom of U.S.-style free markets and President Bush’s ideology. But this is wrong in two ways. The … More

    Paul Krugman Is Half Right

    Following up on his apologia for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae today, Paul Krugman blogs: What you need to know here is that the right — the WSJ editorial page, Heritage, etc. — hates, hates, hates Fannie and Freddie. Why? Because they don’t want quasi-public entities competing with Angelo Mozilo. … More

    Integrity of the Senate at Stake

    The Washington Post may have shifted its coverage of the Wall Street bailout bill from the front page to the business section, but the newspapers in Connecticut, Sen. Chris Dodd’s home state, are rightly keeping up scrutiny of the relationship between the Democratic senator and the banks that would benefit … More

    Bank of America Drafted Dodd's Housing Bailout Bill

    The Washington Examiner has obtained a “confidential and proprietary” document produced by Bank of America and titled “FHA Housing Stabilization and Homeownership Retention Act of 2008.” The “Discussion Document” dated March 11, 2008, closely resembles the housing bailout bill drafted by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) that the Senate is set … More

    Remember Who Gets the Checks

    Despite the fact that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) now admits he was a Countrywide Financial “VIP” since 1993, Congress is still barreling ahead with the $300 billion housing bailout bill that Dodd sponsored. The important thing to remember as the debate over this massive bailout continues is that this bill … More

    The Countrywide Bailout Explained

    We have been calling Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-CT) housing bailout bill “The Wall Street Bailout Enhancement Act” for over a month now. In particular, we have singled out Countrywide Financial as the bank with most to gain from the federal government’s generosity. Countrywide is the largest loan servicer in the … More