About 'Eye on the Bailout'

Our lists of recipients and programs deal only with expenditures by the Treasury Department – in other words, taxpayer money. We've included all such money allocated by Congress, both the broader $700 billion TARP bill (later reduced to $475 billion) and the separate bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

But the Treasury didn’t work alone – it put up big money alongside the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Our entries for individual financial institutions and programs indicate when the Treasury has committed funds in conjunction with the Fed and/or FDIC. For a complete accounting of the Fed’s support of banks during the financial crisis, see our separate Fed database.

Where do these numbers come from?

Most of the data shown in our project comes from the Treasury Department. But in a few cases, we've gathered information from other government agencies or press releases and regulatory filings from bailout recipients.

If you've got more questions about how we do this, please drop us a line.

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