WASHINGTON (AP) — The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation’s foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.
BISMARCK — Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said he never asked for VIP treatment from Countrywide Financial when he was shopping for mortgages in 2002-04 and, as far as he knew, he received no special treatment.
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