Skip to comments.The Secret Government Bank That's Financing More Solyndras
Posted on 09/28/2011 12:35:35 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen
Sitting at the center of the Solyndra scandal is an off-balance-sheet bank at the Treasury Department that dates back to 1973.
This little-known government bank, the Federal Financing Bank [FFB], had a zero balance in 2008 for green energy projects, but now, with little Congressional oversight, it is giving out billions of dollars in loans to White House pet projects often at dirt-cheap interest rates below 1%.
In July alone, the government bank, which had $61 billion in assets, lent nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in taxpayer funds with no Congressional checks and balances.
Plus the bank is funding the insolvent U.S. Post Office; the White Houses expensive green car projects at Ford Motor, Nissan and Tesla Motors; a $485 million loan to an expensive solar project thats lost $160 million over the last three years thats backed by Google, BP and Chevron; plus the FFB is funding the teetering HOPE housing bailout program, which gives delinquent mortgage borrowers breaks on their loans.
And according to KPMGs audit report of the bank, the FFB is losing billions of dollars in taxpayer money because it is forgoing collecting interest costs on already inexpensive loans that are financing projects at agencies like the Agriculture Dept.
Whats scary for taxpayers is this: The FFB can borrow unlimited amounts of taxpayer money from the Treasury for these kinds of political pet projects. Under the 1973 FFB Act, the bank may, with the approval of the Secretary, borrow without limit from the Treasury, says the banks audited statements from KPMG.
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This is an all-hands emergency - all this cr@p needs to be shut down immediately. Where is Congress ? The world wonders.
Shut it down.
No wonder these green energy hucksters are coming out of the woodwork. One percent interest? And with the proper payouts to Obama and crew, zero oversight? Sign me and my solar panels up!
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