UPDATED: Barack Obama’s Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Connection

Posted on 19 September 2008

Lehman Brothers collapse is traced back to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two big mortgage banks that got a federal bailout a few weeks ago.

Freddie and Fannie used huge lobbying budgets and political contributions to keep regulators off their backs.

A group called the Center for Responsive Politics keeps track of which politicians get Fannie and Freddie political contributions. The top three U.S. senators getting big Fannie and Freddie political bucks were Democrats and No. 2 is Sen. Barack Obama.

Now remember, he’s only been in the Senate four years, but he still managed to grab the No. 2 spot ahead of John Kerry — decades in the Senate — and Chris Dodd, who is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

Fannie and Freddie have been creations of the congressional Democrats and the Clinton White House, designed to make mortgages available to more people and, as it turns out, some people who couldn’t afford them.

Fannie and Freddie have also been places for big Washington Democrats to go to work in the semi-private sector and pocket millions. The Clinton administration’s White House Budget Director Franklin Raines ran Fannie and collected $50 million. Jamie Gorelick — Clinton Justice Department official — worked for Fannie and took home $26 million. Big Democrat Jim Johnson, recently on Obama’s VP search committee, has hauled in millions from his Fannie Mae CEO job.

"… Unfortunately, this will come back and haunt Barack Obama in light of what happened this week in the financial markets.  You just can’t go back in time and pick new friends and advisers …" said Shane Kinsch.

Now remember: Obama’s ads and stump speeches attack McCain and Republican policies for the current financial turmoil. It is demonstrably not Republican policy and worse, it appears the man attacking McCain — Sen. Obama — was at the head of the line when the piggies lined up at the Fannie and Freddie trough for campaign bucks.

Sen. Barack Obama: No. 2 on the Fannie/Freddie list of favored politicians after just four short years in the Senate.

Next time you see that ad, you might notice he fails to mention that part of the Fannie and Freddie problem.

UPDATE:

Explosive video found: Fannie Mae CEO calls Obama and Dems the "Family" "Conscience" of Fannie Mae. This is video from 2005 of Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd praising Democrats and Barack Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus gathering.  DEVELOPING….

UPDATE:

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. stoolPigeon says:

    Read this 2003 NY Times article about Republican efforts to increase regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. There is plenty of blame to go around. Here’s a little snippet from the article:
    Among the groups denouncing the proposal today were the National Association of Home Builders and Congressional Democrats who fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing.

    ”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

    Representative Melvin L. Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, agreed.

    ”I don’t see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing,” Mr. Watt said.

    I’m not a proponent of either party – and so I think it makes it easier to see that they are both grossly incompetent for the most part.

  2. twofriedrice says:

    The housing bubble, which is undoubtedly the cause of the economic downturn, came about because democrats on capital hill thought every American should be able to live the “American dream,” and buy houses which they couldn’t afford. They urged the major lenders to to get into sub-prime lending, which they wouldn’t have done otherwise because it’s terrible risk management. I believe many republicans were also in on this, so at best it’s quite bipartisan.

    You can blame a lot on Bush, including the terrible budgeting since that’s an executive job, but the economy, not so much. Not unless you’re a tool of Nancy Pelosi and Reid. I know it’s popular around here to blame everything on Bush, but get the facts. Be enlightened.