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SEC Budget
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The New York Times takes a somewhat skeptical look at the Securities and Exchange Commission:

by several measures, the S.E.C. is far from starved for money. Its $1.1 billion budget in 2010 was 15 percent higher than the $960 million it received the year before — and nearly triple its $377 million budget in 2000.

Representative Spencer T. Bachus, the Alabama Republican who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said last week that the tripling of the S.E.C.'s budget occurred in a period that included some of the agency's biggest failures — the Ponzi schemes of Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford and the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

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Frank's Debit Card Flip-Flop
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The New York Times has a serviceable front-page roundup of the lobbying fight over debit card interchange fees, a topic we mentioned here yesterday. The Times has a couple of paragraphs devoted to the revolving-door aspect of the lobbying and legislating:

The lobbying has been intense over the last year with the card companies and banks hiring, among others, Sam Geduldig, a former adviser to Representative John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio and the House speaker, and Regina Mahony, formerly a senior adviser to Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, according to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks lobbyists.

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SEC Budget
futureofcapitalism.com

The New York Times takes a somewhat skeptical look at the Securities and Exchange Commission:

by several measures, the S.E.C. is far from starved for money. Its $1.1 billion budget in 2010 was 15 percent higher than the $960 million it received the year before — and nearly triple its $377 million budget in 2000.

Representative Spencer T. Bachus, the Alabama Republican who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said last week that the tripling of the S.E.C.'s budget occurred in a period that included some of the agency's biggest failures — the Ponzi schemes of Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford and the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

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Frank's Debit Card Flip-Flop
futureofcapitalism.com

The New York Times has a serviceable front-page roundup of the lobbying fight over debit card interchange fees, a topic we mentioned here yesterday. The Times has a couple of paragraphs devoted to the revolving-door aspect of the lobbying and legislating:

The lobbying has been intense over the last year with the card companies and banks hiring, among others, Sam Geduldig, a former adviser to Representative John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio and the House speaker, and Regina Mahony, formerly a senior adviser to Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, according to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks lobbyists.

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