Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blunt, Bond Among Top 10 Recipients of Fannie, Freddie Contributions

Congressman Roy Blunt and Senator Kit Bond are at the top of the list of the members of Congress who have received the largest amount of campaign contributions from mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. combed over the campaign finance reports of the two companies, now that the U.S. government has taken them over. OpenSecrets published a list of the 354 lawmakers who have received money from Mae or Mac from 1989 to 2008.
Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, topped the list, receiving $165,400 from the two over that period. Barack Obama was number two on the list, taking $126,349 over a short period.
Rep. Roy Blunt took in $96,950 and Sen. Kit Bond received $95,400 from the two. If you scroll down, you will see in the comment section, that some are questioning how OpenSecrets conducted its search. They note that a special search of John McCain pulls up contributions from associates of Freddie and Fannie.
Springfield resident Ronald Prull said he contacted both Bond and Blunt's offices Wednesday to request that they should both give the money back. "My thought is that the money should be returned however small the amount is," Prull wrote in an e-mail to the KY3 Political Notebook.

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