Via MTA: TARP Recipients Paid Out $114 Million for Politicking Last Year (Capital Eye):
The "struggling" companies whose freewheeling business practices have contributed to the country’s economic woes are getting a lucrative return on at least one of their investments. Beneficiaries of the $700 billion bailout package in the finance and automotive industries have spent a total of $114.2 million on lobbying in the past year and contributions toward the 2008 election, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics has found. The companies’ political activities have, in part, yielded them $305.2 billion from the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), an extraordinary return of 267,208 percent.Lessee here: Invest $114 MILLION, receive $700 BILLION! That's like a 10 THOUSAND percent return on investment.
Who says these guys don't know how to 'make' money.