Fed belatedly discloses top ‘discount window’ borrowers

A lawyer for the Federal Reserve dropped off CD-ROMs containing nearly 25,000 pages of previously undisclosed loan documents at the Washington, D.C., office of Bloomberg News this morning, marking the end of a three-year struggle to compel the Fed to disclose exactly who borrowed from its “discount window” during the financial crisis.

In April and May 2008, Bloomberg reporters filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the Fed asking for details on who received loans during the crisis. What followed was more than two years of litigation between Bloomberg, the Fed and a group of the nation’s biggest banks, culminating in the Supreme Court rejecting an appeal from those banks and forcing the Fed to make today’s disclosure.

Last September, Alison Stewart sat down with one of those Bloomberg reporters, Bob Ivry, to talk about trying to uncover the true cost of the Fed’s actions throughout the crisis.

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