Friday, March 27, 2009

TARP Money Goes To Politicians…

You thought TARP money going to AIG bonuses and to Goldman was bad, wait until you hear how it also made it into the hands of politicians, some of who are on the House Banking Panel.

Of course it came indirectly as a contribution, but that’s how it always comes these days.

This is exactly what I’ve been talking about when I say that the root cause of ALL the financial problems lies in the central banker and corporate influence over politics. Separate Corporation from State, and most of the fiscal suicide and big government problems go away.

America, wake up!!! Those are your tax dollars, which are the fruit of your labor!

Follow the Bailout Cash

By Michael Isikoff and Dina Fine Maron NEWSWEEK

There was plenty of outrage on Capitol Hill last week over the executive bonuses paid out by AIG after getting federal bailout money. But another money trail could make voters just as angry: the campaign dollars to members of Congress from banks and firms that have received billions via the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

A NEWSWEEK review of recent filings with the Federal Election Commission found that the political action committees of five big TARP recipients doled out $85,300 to members in the first two months of this year—with most of the cash going to those who serves on committees who oversee the TARP program. Among them: Bank of America (which got $15 billion in bailout money) sent out $24,500 in the first two months of 2009, including $1,500 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and another $15,000 to members of the House and Senate banking panels. Citigroup ($25 billion) dished out $29,620, including $2,500 to House GOPWhip Eric Cantor, who also got $10,000 from UBS which, while not a TARP recipient, got $5 billion in bailout funds as an AIG "counterparty."

"This certainly appears to be a case of TARP funds being recycled into campaign contributions,"
says Brett Kappel, a D.C. lawyer who tracks donations. (A spokesman for Cantor did not respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Hoyer said it's his "policy to accept legal contributions.")

The cash flow is already causing angst inside the Beltway. "The last thing I want to do is wake up one morning and see our PAC check being burned on C-Span," said one bank lobbyist, who asked not to be identified because of the issue's sensitivity. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Financial Services chair Rep. Barney Frank both said recently they won't take donations from TARP recipients. But House Democratic fundraisers have quietly passed the word that the party's campaign committee will resume accepting them—down the road, though; not right now. Said one fundraiser, who also requested anonymity, "These are treacherous waters."

Torches and Pitchforks, Torches and Pitchforks…

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