After Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate subcommittee on investigations, announced yesterday that he is getting copies of the contracts for companies receiving bailout money under the TARP program, we were thrilled to finally see what terms the government insisted on for taxpayer funds. But this morning in the New York Times, a Levin aide was quoted as saying that his office would not publicly release the contracts. And a Levin spokeswoman told TPMmuckraker the same thing in an email.
What gives, we asked.
And it turns out Levin is asking the same question. When we asked why his office would keep the bailout contracts under wraps, he replied simply: “My instinct would be to release them.” He pointed out that legal restrictions might limit the dissemination of the info but said he would consult with his counsel on the matter.
We’re still waiting to hear the reason why the contracts can’t be made public, if indeed they can’t. We’ll keep you posted.