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Grayson Sends Letter To Fannie CEO Demanding Explanation To Company's Actions Vis-A-Vis Pervasive Mortgage Fraud

Alan "Taz" Grayson is back again, and asks some very relevant questions of Fannie's CEO Michael Williams:"Why is Fannie Mae using lawyers that are accused of regularly engaging in fraud to kick people out of their homes? Given that Fannie Mae is at this point a government entity, and it is the policy of the government that foreclosures are a costly situation best avoided if there are any lower cost alternatives, what steps is Fannie Mae taking to avoid the use of foreclosure mills? What additional steps is Fannie Mae going to take to ensure that foreclosures are done only when necessary and only in accordance with recognized law? How do your servicer guidelines take into account the incentives for fraud in the fee structure of foreclosure attorneys and others engage in the foreclosure process? What mechanisms do you employ to monitor legal outsourcing?" He almost asks the correct one: "Is Fannie (and Freddie) a shell operation to willfully and illegally transfer non-existent deeds to servicer banks so they can collect subsequent cash flows associated with misappropriated properties, while receiving tens of billions in taxpayer funding each and every quarter."

Grayson Sends Letter Demanding Halt Of Illegal Foreclosures, Calls Out "Largest Seizure Of Private Property Ever Attempted By Banks And Government"

The key story from this morning was the Bloomberg report that GMAC Bank had halted foreclosures in 23 states, following disturbing news from last week that rekindled the latent debate over whether servicer banks do in fact own deeds to mortgages on which they foreclose on, and whether the entire foreclosure process is in fact fraudulent (one judge found it to be so, creating a massive headache precedent for the banker community). Yet the company which initially agreed with Bloomberg's version of events, is now retracing and claiming that foreclosures are in fact continuing... with a footnote. Reuters reports: "GMAC Mortgage, a unit of Ally
Financial Inc, is continuing with all new residential
foreclosures despite a report it had stopped them, a
spokeswoman said on Monday. But some evictions have been suspended while the company
reviews its internal procedures, the company said.
" Maybe the company can clarify just what event catalyzed the decision to suspend evictions, and specifically which "internal procedures" are being reviewed. Also, it is about time for the ABA to step in and share some insight on a topic that has millions of Americans suddenly in arms. And since that won't happen, it is up to the one or two politicians who are not in the bankers' (and the Fed's) pockets to raise some noise. Enter Alan Grayson who in a letter just released to a Florida Supreme Court Justice says:"If the reports I am hearing are true, the illegal foreclosures taking
place represent the largest seizure of private property ever attempted
by banks and government entities.
"

Alan Grayson Discusses His Expectations From The Upcoming One-Time Fed Audit

Dan Rather chats with Alan "Taz" Grayson in the enclosed clip, over the opportunities that America may glean as part of the historic one-time only audit of the Federal Reserve, which passed in a watered down vote as part of the FinReg. The exact conditions and the applicable disclosure are still rather murky, although we will take the congressman's word that the information obtained will be material. As Rather says: "soon auditors and accountants will comb through he Fed's book, looking at all the lending the Fed engaged in, starting in 2007 and ending in July 2010, a one-time only peek behind the curtain of the secretive institution." Grayson elaborates: "I expect to learn exactly who got what. We have nothing but single line descriptions of hundreds of billions of dollars that have been disseminated by the Fed. We don't even know who got that money. We don't know the terms of that money. We don't know what the Fed got in return. And in particular we don't know why the Fed keeps insisting that none of these deals were deals that exposed it to the risk of loss." Alas, we are convinced that since the Fed did in fact allow politicians to vote unanimously on the one-time deal, that, just like Goldman, it had found a loophole to proper, correct disclosure far in advance: the truth of what happens behind the Marriner Eccles walls will not be disclosed until well after the reset button has been pushed. Importantly, as Alan points out, occasionally the people in this country can make a difference by calling their congressmen and making it clear just what is important to the broader population, and oddly enough transparency at the money printer, especially when the only thing that can keep the economy solvent is printing ever more money (and issuing more debt, but the two are synonymous, just ask the primary dealers).

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Fresh off his "You own the Red Roof Inn" tour, Alan Grayson gives another svelte performance as he introduces the latest soon-to-be buried-in-committee bill with the help of his trusty easel.

Alan Grayson On The Passage Of The Partial "Audit The Fed" Amendment

"The Fed has not been chastened. It is bolder and more of a rogue actor than ever. It's clear that without full audit authority going forward, the Fed will continue to give out "foreign aid" without Congressional or even Executive permission.

And it will do so in secret.

So we will be fighting on to get a full audit from the conference committee.

But let's not lose sight of what we have accomplished so far - real independent inquiry into the Fed, and its incestuous relationships with Wall Street banks. For the first time ever." - Alan Grayson

Alan Grayson Discloses That Dodd Bill Covertly Eliminates Already Passed Legislation Requiring Full Fed Audit

Once again we get confirmation that Chris Dodd is nothing but a paid manservant for his Federal Reserve masters, in addition to being a lame duck, whose last days in office are meant to do everything to allow the old-school Wall Street ways of endless secrecy and Fed bailouts to continue in perpetuity. As Ryan Grim points out "Alan Grayson and co-author Rep. Ron Paul passed legislation through the House that would allow the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit the Federal Reserve and, after a delay, release the information to Congress. It was a remarkable victory, with a populist coalition beating back the combined lobbying efforts of the Treasury Department, the Fed and Wall Street banks.  The Senate has been more hostile territory for the Fed audit provision. Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) opposes the Grayson-Paul version, but allowed a much more restrictive audit proposal from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) into his bill." Why and how Dodd believes he can stand against this critical issue, that over 80% of America supports by demanding Fed transparency, is beyond any rational attempts at explanation. How he hopes to get away with it is even more mindboggling.

Dylan Ratigan Discusses The Great Financial Con Job With Alan Grayson And Bill Fleckenstein

Dylan Ratigan, joined by the inimitable Alan Grayson and Bill Fleckenstein, does one of the best comprehensive summations of the where we are, how we got here, and why those responsible for the upcoming US default are still doing exactly what they were doing, through the enabling of the Federal Reserve. The logical question arises: when will someone finally do something about the situation the US is in right now? At this point pretty much everyone understands how the con works (and if you don't, watch this clip). Why do we allow a handful of corrupt politicians and a select few of Fed members unaccountable to anyone, coupled with a small group of Wall Street CEO, to determine the fate of this nation, and how long will democracy be trampled by those very people who claim to represent nothing but the people's interests? Watch this clip.

Alan Grayson Sends Angry Letter To AIG Credit Facility Trust, Demands All AIG Emails Be Made Public

It had been a little quiet without Alan Grayson these past few months. Too quiet. The Florida Democrat is now back with a bang after sending a letter to the representatives of the AIG Credit Facility Trust demanding that all AIG emails over the past decade be made public, as well as all company models and internal accounting documents. Yet it is the flourish of the narrative, which reminds one of Dan Loeb in his iconoclastic prime that is the centerpiece of the most recent, and every other letter. Where else can you find pearls like: "It is beyond outrageous that this company, which taxpayers capitalized after Wall Street used it as a slush fund, hides nearly all relevant facts from its owners, the public." We are most enthused by Grayson (and others) finally picking up on a key theme - if you want something analyzed independently and objectively, just open it up to the broader public, and screw all corrupt internal commissions. Crowdsourcing is the only way to get anything done these days. Also, the crowd wonders, is it too late to replace the top two posts in the current administration with Grayson-Kaufman (in alphabetical order)?

Alan Grayson Seeks To Moderate Fed-Mandated Currency Swaps Which Bail Out Foreign Central Banks Shorting The Dollar

One month ago, Zero Hedge did an exhaustive examination into the topic of over half a trillion of foreign FX liquidity swaps to central banks issued by the Fed, and how by administering this unprecedented incursion into international monetary policy, Ben Bernanke became the lender of last resort not only to US institutions on the brink, but to all those foreign central banks, and thousands of foreign financial institutions, who were massively short the dollar the last time the bubble popped (ring a bell?). Since we have ended up in the same boat promptly once again, and since the ponzi scheme can only continue so long before all those short the dollar scramble to cover shorts at some point in the future, as Roubini has predicted, it is merely a matter of time before the Fed will need to disburse another trillion or so of FX swaps to bail out all those who are shorting the US middle class into oblivion. We ignore the ethics of bailing out those who have done nothing but piggyback on the dollar carry trade, and in doing so, have decimated the purchasing power of America's working class, which is precisely what Ben Bernanke did. Buying stocks may be patriotic but bailing out those who want your dollar to purchase less tomorrow than it can today, sure does not pass the sniff test (Bernanke, of course, being at the top of that particular food chain).

Want To Ask Alan Grayson Questions Live? Here Is Your Chance: WaPo;1:00 PM; Today

The man who is hated roughly equally by thoughtless extremists on either side of the political spectrum, yet who revels in his notoriety and is arguably the one single-most potent Congressman in D.C. currently, will be taking live question on topics ranging from "health-care and the House's passage last week of a reform bill, his stand on Afghanistan urging President Obama to pull troops out of the country, his use of controversial rhetoric in referring to the Republicans' health-care plan and another incident using an off-color word to describe a female Federal Reserve advisor, his reaction to Republican Web site, MyCongressmanIsNuts.com, and more."