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Sat Aug 25, 2012, 06:18 AM

JPMorgan Starts Buying Congress Again


When the “fail whale” breached at JPMorgan earlier this year, creating billions in embarrassing losses as a result of risky trading, the bank immediately ceased its political giving. Not that the bank didn’t need help from Congress—it certainly did, but a long history of donations to key committees bought CEO Jamie Dimon friendly audiences during hearings exploring the losses. Rather, the bank realized that while on the hot seat, the donations were tainted and likely unwelcome in Congress.

But in a clear indication that JPMorgan’s seat has already cooled considerably, the bank is once again doling out the cash. On July 31, JPMorgan PAC wrote ten checks to the PACs of ten members of Congress, many of them key members of committees with the power to stop the risky trading that created the multibillion-dollar losses at the federally insured bank this year.

Nine Republicans and one Democrat split $36,000 from JPMorgan Chase & Co. PAC in roughly equal amounts. They were:

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Representative John Carney (D-DE)

Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)

Representative Ron Kind (R-WI)

Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ)

Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

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