Corruption-US: How Wall Street Paid For Its Own Funeral
By Marina Litvinsky
March 4, 2009 — WASHINGTON, Mar 4 (
IPS) – A new report says that Wall Street has only itself to blame for the misguided deregulation that led to the current deepening financial crisis.
Issued Wednesday by Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation, the report documents billions of dollars spent by the financial sector on what would eventually be their own downfall.
The 231-page report, “Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America,” shows that the financial sector invested more than 5 billion dollars on purchasing political influence in Washington over the past decade, with as many as 3,000 lobbyists winning deregulation and other policy decisions that led directly to the current financial collapse.
“The report details, step-by-step, how Washington systematically sold out to Wall Street,” said Harvey Rosenfield, president of the California-based non-profit organisation Consumer Education Foundation.
“Depression-era programmes that would have prevented the financial meltdown that began last year were dismantled, and the warnings of those who foresaw disaster were drowned in an ocean of political money,” he said. “Americans were betrayed, and we are paying a high price -… >>>