Noxious number: More tickle than tussle

$1.8 million

The amount in campaign contributions paid to nearly every legislator on the House Financial Services Committee from the eight banks whose CEOs testified before the committee Wednesday.

Capital Eye, who produced that nugget, also wrote the CEOs may have found  that the hot seat was merely lukewarm.

Besides some grandstanding from lawmakers, it was more matrimony than testimony. Besides some acknowledgment from CEOs that the banks didn’t lend the TARP funds, it was more tickle than tussle.

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