Skip to comments.Conservative group sues for TARP details (Freedom Watch/Larry Clayman)
Posted on 02/16/2009 7:34:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge
A conservative legal group is suing the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve to reveal exactly how the first $350 billion of the financial services bailout was spent.
Larry Klayman and his organization, Freedom Watch, said they're concerned money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) was given to investment firms on the basis of the banks' political influence. The group noted that that jobs have been lost and that stock prices haven't recovered since the bailout. But Freedom Watch hasn't provided specific evidence of wrongdoing.
Klayman said he filed a lawsuit because the government hasn't responded to a request filed in December under the Freedom of Information Act.
"What Freedom Watch and our constituents would like to know is where that $350 billion disappeared to and how it was determined who would get what share, so that these individuals and companies can be held accountable and so that that there is some visibility in the system that is supposed to be acting for the American people, not against them," said Klayman in a statement.
The first $350 billion of TARP was largely spent by the Bush administration to recapitalize ailing banks. Firms that received bailout money have refused to say exactly where they spent the federal funds.
Freedom Watch also said it will file a lawsuit to press the Obama administration to detail how it will spend the remaining $350 billion in TARP money.
The Treasury Department hasn't responded to a message about the lawsuit.
Klayman is best known for founding Judicial Watch, the conservative organization that sued the administrations of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to release records. Klayman left Judicial Watch in 2003 to run for U.S. Senate in Florida.
His new group, Freedom Watch, isn't connected to the defunct right-leaning Freedom's Watch, which ran ads against Democratic congressional candidates before last year's election.
It's Larry Klayman
Show Me The Money! Part Deux
This is a waste of time. Our “courts” are useless if you’re an American. They are too busy worrying about the “rights” of Islamofascists and illegal alien invaders.
My guess even the Treasury has no idea how it was spent.
I get a little tired of this "largely spent by the Bush administration" That is horse crap. The House, Senate, and the Bush administration. Isn't that more like it?
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