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Earlier in the week, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R, Calif.) called for an amendment to a financial reform bill that would bar any company at least five percent owned by the government from lobbying Congress. The measure was shot down Thursday in a 9-13 vote by the financial services conference committee. The requested amendment was clearly aimed at preventing General Motors and Chrysler from spending money to influence our nation's leaders. All but one Democrat voted against the proposed a

While General Motors is busy making marketing hay from its early payoff of $5.8 billion in loans, Senator Chuck Grassley and House Representative Darrell Issa aren't buying it. "It looks like GM merely used one source of TARP funds to repay another," said Grassley of General Motors financial moves. Grassley has asked for justification of the creative money-shuffling from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.