Texas Rep. Neugebauer: Who's Paying for GSE Legal Fees and Robo-Signing Defenses
Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer, Deputy Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, has written a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward DeMarco requesting a full and clear accounting of taxpayer dollars being expended for lawyer’s fees and related legal activities for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, including former executives who are the subject of ongoing class action lawsuits. "Now that the taxpayers are on the hook for the operations of Fannie and Freddie, I want to be certain that their money is being used in the most responsible manner possible," said Rep. Neugebauer. "Among other things, I am concerned that the taxpayers are stuck picking up the tab for ongoing legal counsel for the very executives who drove the GSEs into conservatorship in the first place.” The text of Rep. Neugebauer's letter follows: November 22, 2010 Edward DeMarco Acting Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency 1700 G Street, NW–4th Floor Washington, DC 20552 Dear Mr. DeMarco: Thank you for testifying at the Nov. 18th hearing before the Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. Following up on my questions at that hearing on Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s (GSEs) expenditures related to legal representation, I hereby request that FHFA provide a detailed report on all legal fees incurred by the GSEs or on their behalf since they were placed into conservatorship on Sept. 7, 2008, including, but not limited to the following: ►The total dollar amount of legal expenses for the defense of all former Fannie executives (Executive Vice President and above), including Franklin Raines, Timothy Howard, and Leanne Spencer, as well as the ongoing expenses for pending class action, shareholder derivative, or other law suits for current and former Fannie executives. This information should be compared to the expenditures for these individuals in connection with any such lawsuits prior to the imposition of the conservatorships. ►The total dollar amount of legal expenses spent on firms retained by the GSEs that are under investigation by State attorneys general for fraud related to ‘robo-signing’, including the David J. Stern Law firm in Florida. Your report should include a breakdown of each law firm that has provided legal representation to the GSEs, the total dollar amount for legal services rendered paid to each firm, a description of the type of legal service or the reason for legal representation, and a dollar amount for continual or ongoing legal services through retained counsel. Please provide me with your report by no later than Dec. 31, 2010. Thank you for your prompt attention to this request. Sincerely, Representative Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) Deputy Ranking Member House Financial Services Committee For more information, visit http://randy.house.gov.