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TARP = Taxpayers’ Accounts Recycled to Politicians

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 23, 2009 07:01 AM

The Crap Sandwich yields dividends for the Chicken Littles in Congress who rushed it through. Via Newsweek, we get a glimpse of how TARP funds have been recycled as political campaign contributions:

While a few big firms, such as Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase, have curtailed their campaign giving, others are quietly doling out cash to select members of Congress, particularly those who serve on committees that oversee TARP. In recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, the political action committee for 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 GOP Whip 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 Kappell, 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.”)

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Related note: Just a reminder that I posted the names of the 85 Republicans including Rep. Cantor who supported the House Democrats’ AIG bonus tax. Keep an eye out for who puts what in their coffers.

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