Here are the answers to some questions you might have about the bailout and this project.
"The bailout" refers to actions related to the transfer of public wealth to financial institutions in light of the financial crisis - spanning from former-Treasury Secretary Paulson's original proposal to Congress in September of 2008 to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to President Obama's "Financial Stability Plan."
"The bailout" includes actions taken by all federal agencies as part of the plan to save the financial sector, including actions taken by the Federal Reserve, Department of the Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and other government agencies. "The bailout" does not include money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill.
OpenTheGovernment.org created BailoutWatch.net as a part of the Bailout Watch project. The site is now maintained by OMB Watch as a repository for major reports on TARP and the economic bailout. The project is a collaborative effort by several non-profit organizations to track and analyze the government's actions during the unprecedented transfer of wealth from the public sector to financial institutions and other entities labeled "too big to fail." A list of participating organizations is available here. The project is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
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