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Obama's Pick to Oversee Fannie and Freddie Has Deep Ties to Banks

May 3, 2013Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., has been nominated by President Obama to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the quasi-governmental mortage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One key question facing the FHFA right now is whether to allow struggling mortgage borrowers in the private market to refinance with a reduced principal through Fannie and Freddie.

How much campaign money has Rep. Watt received from companies with an interest in the mortgage market? Read more

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