Combine that profligacy with the wave of Tea Party fervor, widespread concern about the deficit, anger about financial bailouts and economic difficulties, and Democrats' pussy-footing around Fannie and Freddie may not help their cause much.
As one presumable Baby Boomer commented on an earlier
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On that note, it's worth considering how Fannie and Freddie have affected the political trajectory of certain politicians, via campaign donations. While the two entities have been barred from donating since falling under government conservatorship in September 2008, the Center for Responsive politics performed
Dodd topped the list, with $165,000, followed by Obama, with $126,000 -- a shocking amount, considering his brief stint in Congress vs. Dodd's more than a quarter century by that point.Democrats received 57% of the Fannie and Freddie donations from 1989-2008, though the top 10 recipients were split evenly among Democrats and Republicans. Shelby, for instance, raked in $80,000 in total donations, ranking at No. 9, whereas Frank came in at No. 26, with $43,000. McCain got $25,000; Gregg didn't receive any funds. The Washington Times' conservative editorial page also