Bloomberg Sues The Fed For More Transparency Over $2 Trillion In Emergency Loans
from the that-would-be-useful-info dept
While plenty of people are focused on the $700 billion TARP bailout/rescue plan that Congress gave the Treasury Department, that’s not the only cash the government has at its disposal. In fact, the Federal Reserve has apparently handed out $2 trillion in emergency loans, with almost no transparency over who received the loans and what the collateral is or how it’s valued. Bloomberg (the company, not the mayor) is now suing to have the Fed reveal that info. The government has been talking up a storm about how all of these bailout efforts would be very transparent with respect to taxpayer money — but the reality hasn’t lived up to the rhetoric.
The article linked above is from Bloomberg (the party suing the gov’t), so perhaps it’s biased, but it does seem noteworthy how pretty much everyone tried to dodge questions concerning the $2 trillion in loans. The only person who seemed to be willing to say anything was Rep. Barney Frank, who is the House Financial Services Committee Chairman. Yet, his explanation for the secrecy is hardly compelling:
“I talk to [New York Fed CEO Timothy] Geithner and he was pretty sure that they’re OK. If the risk is that the Fed takes a little bit of a haircut, well that’s regrettable.”
Pretty sure they’re OK? That’s hardly a ringing endorsement for keeping the details of such loans a secret.