That's a copout Carol, you put the numbers out so it's up to you, not me to justify them.<quoted text>
Perhaps you should do the research yourself?
In the meantime:
Angelo Mozilo, the former Countrywide Financial CEO charged with fraud and insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission, had a lot of "friends." The Democratic leadership in Congress just doesn't want you to know their names -- or the details of their loans from Countrywide.
What we know is that Senators Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad were among the VIPs who received sweetheart mortgages under the "Friends of Angelo" program. What we don't know is how many other government officials also received such favors, or what exactly Countrywide expected in return.
The Portfolio account of Countrywide's VIP loan program names Chris Dodd, early Obama backer Kent Conrad, and Richard Holbrooke as recipients of special loans through the firm's CEO.
Take the log out of your eye.
In the meantime, The House Ethics Committee investigated these Friends of Angelo loans and Countrywide's VIP unit and found that while it offered quicker, more efficient processing and some discounts, the loans met basic underwriting standards and didnt offer the best deals available in the marketplace.