Romney Brings In Former Fannie Mae Lobbyist To Defend Business Record

Michele Davis is a former aide to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

In her role, Davis defended Fannie Mae’s independence, despite substantial tax advantages: She was quoted in Newsday that year saying the entity “does not receive a penny of funding from the government” or any subsidy.

She also served at Fannie Mae during a time in which it was found to have doctored its earnings statements to juice executives’ bonuses, for which it paid a massive $400 million in penalties.

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