Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who engaged in his own questionable conduct while head of the Fed, has now said that individuals should have gone to jail for engaging in the financial crimes that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Bernanke’s statement came last week during a book promotion
Robert Litan’s resignation from the Brookings Institution exposed some fault lines within the Democratic Party.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Brookings Institution, the well-known think tank, helped Wall Street block a rule revealing potential conflicts of interest in retirement investment advice.
Last August, the SEC reached an agreement with BNY Mellon wherein the bank paid $14.8 million to settle charges that the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by hiring unqualified interns in exchange for continued access to an unnamed “Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund.” Not only was the sovereign wealth fund involved in the corruption not named, neither where the two officials who asked for jobs for their relatives.
The law firm that employs John W. White, husband of Mary Jo White, Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has changed its marketing material after being scrutinized for the way the firm advertised its connections to regulators. The firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, was trumpeting John White’s work for an advisory group to the influential Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) just as Mary Jo White, in her capacity as SEC chair, is considering candidates to lead the PCAOB.
The hedge fund industry continues to expand its influence throughout the US economy and financial system despite having a lackluster performance record. The latest catch is a true whale, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, a pension fund worth approximately $119 billion that serves roughly 880,000 active and retired school employees.
The following letter was mailed today to the Treasury Department’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) division. It is a response to a two year old FOIA request that asked for records concerning former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s communications during a period that included the AIG bailout. The Treasury Department claimed, amazingly, that no official records could be found and gave me 35 days to appeal the no records response.
Shadowproof Mailbag: Citizens United means we’re all “doing time” and only the 1% benefit from the law. Why we must bring Wall Street to justice. What the comic book fantasies of the intelligence community reveal about mass surveillance.
After years of being mocked and ridiculed for failing to prosecute even one of the major Wall Street criminals that brought the global economy to its knees in 2008, the Justice Department now claims it will finally start enforcing the law on cases that involve criminal wrongdoing by corporate executives.
The 1996 welfare reform law championed by the Clinton Administration known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was supposed to bring in a new era and “end welfare as we know it.” In some sense it did, as the consequence of the law has been a considerable increase in extreme poverty in America.