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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Geithner - Do as I say, not as I do...

I don't even think comments are necessary on this one... Just take a look at these two stories, both today:

Geithner names ex-lobbyist as Treasury chief of staff
By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.
Mark Patterson will serve as Geithner's chief of staff at Treasury, which oversees the government's $700 billion financial bailout program. Goldman Sachs received $10 billion of that money.

Geithner puts limits on bailout lobbying
Treasury's rules unclear on financial firms' efforts to apply for public funds Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner issued new guidelines yesterday aimed at eliminating the influence of lobbyists on the $700 billion financial bailout program by restricting their contact with officials who are reviewing applications for money and deciding how to disburse it.

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