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Frank to Bank -- You're a Fritterer

2/24/2009 5:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ just obtained this letter that Congressman Barney Frank wrote to the president of Northern Trust:

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Lord Xenu    

Barney Fife gets alot of money from recipients of bank bailout money. He is a total fraud. Frank complaining about this is like Al Capone complaining about crooked IRS agents.

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Congressman Barney Frank 2007 - 2008

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Total of itemized contribution records of $200 or more: $959,419. To search these 1351 contributions for this member, click here.

Contributor Total
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co $36,200
Manulife Financial $15,000
Royal Bank of Scotland $13,800
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu $13,000
Bank of America $12,750
American Bankers Assn $12,050
CME Group $12,000
National Assn of Realtors $12,000
American Society of Appraisers $11,000
JPMorgan Chase & Co $11,000
Morgan Stanley $11,000
Securities Industry & Financial Mkt Assn $11,000
Bernstein, Litowitz et al $10,900
Ernst & Young $10,900
UBS AG $10,500
PricewaterhouseCoopers $10,250
ACA International $10,000
AFLAC Inc $10,000
American Assn for Justice $10,000
American Institute of CPAs $10,000
Chicago Board Options Exchange $10,000
Credit Suisse Group $10,000
Credit Union National Assn $10,000
Equifax Inc $10,000
FMR Corp $10,000
Goldman Sachs $10,000
Grant Thornton LLP $10,000
GUS plc $10,000
Hartford Financial Services $10,000
Human Rights Campaign $10,000
Independent Community Bankers of America $10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000
Investment Co Institute $10,000
KPMG LLP $10,000
Laborers Union $10,000
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $10,000
Mortgage Bankers Assn $10,000
National Assn of Home Builders $10,000
National Multi Housing Council $10,000
Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors $10,000
New York Life Insurance $10,000
Property Casualty Insurers Assn/America $10,000
Service Employees International Union $10,000
Trans Union Corp $10,000

2030 days ago


Who is Franks to talk, he is one of the reasons we are in the mess we are in. I agree the money shouldn't have been spent that way by the bank, but he's one of the idiots (over 8 years ago) that FORCED banks to lend to people with no money down & who did not qualify. SHAME ON HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2030 days ago


Barney Frank writing a letter stating he is so upset. That is CRAZY. He is the one who knew about the goings on and lack of oversight being handled by the SEC and now he is upset.

Why aren't we taxpayers demanding all government officials resign? Obama is not part of the solution, he is part of the problem. In this short time in office he has already spent our great grandchildren's tax money and put us more at the mercy, and in debt, with other countries.

How can this be good for us?

2030 days ago


just goes to show these idiots in Congress did not craft legislation that would prevent misuse of TARP funds. wait for it, you're going to see lots of "stimulus" money wasted by state gov'ts, the feds and their cronies. this is the biggest screwing the taxpayers have ever seen.

2030 days ago

Bev, Phoenix    


2030 days ago


riiiight like they're really going to send a check over and if they do it's not like it's coming out of their pockets

2030 days ago

B. Bear    

Does anyone else think it a little suspicios that a letter from a congressman is not written on official stationary? Or that the "official" response from the Northern Trust to Mr. Frank is not on their stationary? I guess people believe what they want in spite of how stupid it might make them look.

2030 days ago


TMZ!! PRINT THE RESPONSE FOUND ON NORTHERN TRUST'S WEBSITE! It is not such a big outrage when it is clear that this money came from their operating budget. Northern Trust did not need TARP money, they were forced to take it like a lot of other healty banks so that they would have to answer to Barney. Like Obama said, give their execs bonuses when they make money, well, Northern Trust makes money, they are not Citi, let them do what they want with their money.

2030 days ago

Pregnant at 44    

Someone needs to kick marble mouthed Barney Fife out of office.

2030 days ago

Angry Democrat 'Sky Blu' from LMFAO attack GOP Romney on Purpose .    

Obama said Lincoln understood that self-reliance was at the core of American life. BUT Obama said "Individual liberty is "served, not negated, by a recognition of the common good". The Common good of Collectivism as Obama stated a 'Collective Union' (which is opposes Republican Lincoln ideal of individual liberty). It is Individual Liberty that lead to the Ideology of freedom ,for all. The Democrats of Today seem to be engaged in the same Collectivism of before (From the Democrat Collectivism of Jim Crow or George Wallace To Al Sharpton or D Durbin , is still the same ideal.) An example of a Collective strategy is when one Leader suggest that ' A Negative Comment on him is a negative comment on all of Us (referring to a particular group).'.

2029 days ago

chitown lady    

OBAMA SHOULD HAVE WROTE IT.....barney boy is one to talk.....Him and that Christopher Dodd had NO PROBLEM looking the other way when it can to Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae....They need both there damn butts tossed in jail....Talk about the both of them being TWO FACED.........These two morons were a BIG BIG part of the MORTGAGE MELTDOWN.....

2029 days ago

Go Sarah!    

This guy is so crooked. Why does he have a say on ANYTHING???

2028 days ago
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