TV News LIES

Friday, Dec 09th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Economy Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign

Mortgage firm arranged stealth campaign

E-mail Print PDF

Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.

In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.


Freddie Mac's payments to DCI began shortly after the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent Hagel's bill to the then GOP-run Senate on July 28, 2005. All GOP members of the committee supported it; all Democrats opposed it.

In the midst of DCI's yearlong effort, Hagel and 25 other Republican senators pleaded unsuccessfully with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to allow a vote.

"If effective regulatory reform legislation ... is not enacted this year, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system and the economy as a whole," the senators wrote in a letter that proved prescient.

Unknown to the senators, DCI was undermining support for the bill in a campaign targeting 17 Republican senators in 13 states, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The states and the senators targeted changed over time, but always stayed on the Republican side.

 

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Trump's Carrier Victory Is the Economy's Loss

Trump carrier dealDonald Trump has scored a political victory by persuading Carrier Corp., a maker of air-conditioning and...

Wells Fargo faces new restrictions from banking regulator

Wells Fargo A federal banking regulator has imposed tighter restrictions to Wells Fargo & Co.'s settlement regarding the...

Carrier agrees to keep 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis

Carrier Carrier Corp. is staying in Indianapolis after all. Nearly nine months after announcing it would relocate its...

Ford CEO warns Trump's 35% car tariff would harm the economy

Mark FieldsFord Motors CEO Mark Fields said Tuesday that a 35% tariff on cars and trucks imported...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!