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June 12, 2012 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: JPM , BAC , GS

Because sometimes jsmegma wants to know; 

More than $4 trillion in near zero-interest Federal Reserve loans and other financial assistance went to the banks and businesses of at least 18 current and former Federal Reserve regional bank directors in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, according to Government Accountability Office records made public for the first time today by Sen. Bernie Sanders

 On the eve of Senate testimony by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Sanders (I-Vt.) released the detailed findings on Dimon and other Fed board members whose banks and businesses benefited from Fed actions.

A Sanders provision in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act required theGovernment Accountability Office to investigate potential conflicts of interest. The Oct. 19, 2011 report by the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress laid out the findings, but did not name names. Sanders today released the names....


... In Dimon's case, JPMorgan received some $391 billion of the $4 trillion in emergency Fed funds at the same time his bank was used by the Fed as a clearinghouse for emergency lending programs. In March of 2008, the Fed provided JPMorgan with $29 billion in financing to acquire Bear Stearns. Dimon also got the Fed to provide JPMorgan Chase with an 18-month exemption from risk-based leverage and capital requirements. And he convinced the Fed to take risky mortgage-related assets off of Bear Stearns balance sheet before JP Morgan Chase acquired the troubled investment bank....

  ...Another high-profile conflict involved Stephen Friedman, the former chairman of the New York Fed's board of directors. Late in 2008, the New York Fed approved an application from Goldman Sachs to become a bank holding company giving it access to cheap loans from the Federal Reserve. During that period, Friedman sat on the Goldman Sachs board. He also owned Goldman stock, something that was prohibited by Federal Reserve conflict of interest regulations. Although it was not publicly disclosed at the time, Friedman received a waiver from the Fed's conflict of interest rules in late 2008. Unbeknownst to the Fed, Friedman continued to purchase shares in Goldman from November 2008 through January of 2009, according to the GAO.

Bernie Sanders, big government socialist.

George Bush, Small Government candidate.

Best wishes,





5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM, FleaBagger (27.34) wrote:

I don't think that's his real name.

What's the word on the foreign policy/civil liberties front?

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#2) On June 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM, Varchild2008 (85.06) wrote:

" George Bush, Small Government candidate."

Could be wrong but I don't think George Bush is President of the United States anymore.

Which is a shame since he was the one demanding that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be reformed due to the subprime mortgages they held....meanwhile Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were blocking any reforms and effectively commandeering a Housing Collapse while claiming, "There is no Housing Bubble."

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#3) On June 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM, Varchild2008 (85.06) wrote:

2003 President Bush proposed a sweeping reform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  It was even covered in the New York Times (shockingly).

Always amusing seeing liberals continue to try and drumbeat the blame for the financial collapse/housing bubble on both Jamie Dimon (private sector) and former President George Bush.

The blame falls squarely on Congress and in 2007 the Democratic Party took over both branches of Congress.

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#4) On June 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Valyooo (32.77) wrote:

None of this is news...JPM was forced to take that money, and forced to acquire bear stearns.  It was not needed...and it has been well known for a while.

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#5) On June 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM, devoish (82.57) wrote:

Do you still also believe was not privately owned?

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