Introducing our New Bailout Guide

Source: Paul Kiel, ProPublica, April 15, 2009

We’ve been working hard over the past six months to keep tabs on the billions flowing from the Treasury Department. But as the government’s response to the financial crisis has grown and scattered, it’s gotten harder and harder to lay it all out for readers.

The site we’re unveiling today [1] will hopefully make all that a lot easier. It gives readers plenty of ways to break down the data: You can see every recipient of bailout money [2] and the programs [3] the money is being funneled through. We’ve done our best to translate the Treasury’s bureaucratese to plain English (e.g. “Targeted Investment Program” really means “More Money for Citigroup and Bank of America [4]”). Here’s a full list of what we have:

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