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Goldman Sachs'

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status as a lightning rod for political criticism directed at the financial services industry shows no sign of abating.

In its quarterly filing with the

Securities and Exchange Commission

Wednesday, the bank disclosed it "has received inquiries from various governmental agencies and self-regulatory organizations" regarding its pay practices, and also regarding credit derivatives. The company says it is cooperating with the requests, and a spokesman declined to comment further.

Goldman was the target of widespread outrage a few months ago when it was revealed that the company would receive nearly $13 billion in connection with various complex derivatives transactions tied to the controversial bailout of

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. The company argues that number is an oversimplification.

The outrage may have subsided briefly, but soon was rekindled as Goldman reported record earnings, and it begins to look like its executives are in line for hefty compensation awards, even as the economy continues to struggle.

"I continue to be amazed at the attacks on this company by politicians," wrote Richard Bove, analyst with Rochdale Securities, in a research note Wednesday.

Despite the news, Goldman shares were flat in a down market late Wednesday morning.

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have rebounded sharply off their lows, Goldman has been a standout, posting returns of more than 80% year to date.

-- Written by Dan Freed in New York