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The administration's FinReg scorecard

As I mention in Wonkbook, my colleague Brady Dennis has a great story this morning limning lobbyist concerns that financial regulation is turning against them. He quotes Sam Geduldig, a financial lobbyist and former Republican staffer, saying, "You've got an environment, six months before an election, where politicians are acting like politicians They are viewing any vote as a potential campaign ad. And that might not be good for any of us."

The White House is pressing its perceived advantage. Dan Pfeiffer wrote a blog post this morning called "The 10 Most Wanted Lobbyist Loopholes," where he gets very specific on what the White House wants -- and doesn't want -- out of the amendment process. The White House doesn't usually make such concrete demands, in part because when you give the media metrics to use to judge whether you won or lost, it's harder to spin a loss.

As for the demands themselves, they're pretty good. For instance, Pfeiffer advises us to watch for efforts to fight exchange-trading for derivatives. "The big derivatives dealers make big profits by charging end-users extra spreads and hidden fees," he writes, "and they don’t want that to change." Pfeiffer also notes that there will be efforts "to make the resolution process so unwieldy that it can never work" (though I think you could say that about the bill as currently written) and "to take away the [consumer protection] bureau’s source of funds." It's worth reading the whole thing to see what the White House is fighting for.

It's also worth reading the whole thing to see what didn't make the cut. The big omission from the list of demands: the Volcker rule, which the president announced with Paul Volcker at his side but which the White House has seemed considerably cooler toward in recent weeks.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 4, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Financial Regulation  
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Posted by: pj_camp | May 4, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

So basically FinReg is going to become the same sort of sop to special financial interests that got us into this mess in the first place?

Awesome! Those are some smart folks in D.C. They know what side their bread is buttered on, at least.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | May 4, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Well I read Brady Dennis' strory, and I can't say I would call that a "great story" by any strecth of the imagination.

"Among the terms that lobbyists used to describe elements of the legislation: "Draconian." "Crazy." "Insanely unproductive."

Well what the heck are the elements so we can have some debate about them? Just posting annonymous adjectives does not qualify as great reporting. I got nothing out of that at all.

Posted by: truth5 | May 4, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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