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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:10 AM

TARP pay czar pressured on executive pay: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pressure from financial institutions and Treasury officials undermined an effort to limit executive pay at seven companies rescued with taxpayer money, a new government audit showed on Tuesday.

The official overseeing executive pay for bailout firms limited cash compensation and made some reductions in pay, but still approved compensation packages in the millions, the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) inspector general said in the report.

Former U.S. pay czar Kenneth Feinberg approved pay packages worth $5 million or more from 2009 to 2011 for 49 top earners, the report said.

"Special Master Feinberg said the companies pressured him to let the companies pay executives enough to keep them from quitting, and that Treasury officials pressured him to let the companies pay executives enough to keep the companies competitive and on track to repay TARP funds," the report said.

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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:07 AM

2. Had there been a mechanism for firing these jerks you could have shut them up quickly...


It is that sense of invulnerability that the average Joe does not have that these idiots have developed because of the stratospheric compensation. They begin to believe their own press releases. If there had been some firings, or better yet some prosecutions, this would not have been an issue.

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