Skip to content

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Because no one
is above the law!


Press Releases

JW Appeals Lawsuit against Obama Administration to Obtain Records Detailing Political Contributions by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac

The Obama Federal Housing Finance Agency has “full legal custody and control over all of the records of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”; Fannie and Freddie Records Subject to FOIA

Contact Information:
Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305

Washington, DC — February 9, 2011

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in its lawsuit against the Obama Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seeking records related to political contributions made by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Judicial Watch v. Federal Housing Finance Agency (Case No. 10-5349)).According to the FHFA, the agency might possess documents responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request; however, the agency claims it is not obligated to release such documents to the public. Judicial Watch maintains that since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now wholly operated by the federal government they are subject to FOIA law:

“…the boards of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac accepted conservatorship by the FHFA with the full knowledge that the FHFA would obtain all rights, titles, powers, and privileges of the enterprises, including legal title to their books and records. Since that time, the FHFA, a federal agency subject to FOIA, has had full legal custody and control over all of the records of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.“Because the FHFA obtained these records and has exercised full legal control over them since it placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, the requested records became subject to FOIA just like any other agency records.”

Judicial Watch filed its original FOIA request on May 29, 2009. The FHFA acknowledged receipt of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request July 1, 2009. The agency claimed that while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might possess the requested documents, the FHFA was not obligated to release them under FOIA because the agency does not “control” them.As noted in an Obama administration court filing: “…Any records created by or held in the custody of the Enterprises [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] reflecting their political campaign contributions or policies, stipulations and requirements concerning campaign contributions necessarily are private corporate documents. They are not ‘agency records’ subject to disclosure under FOIA.”However, according to Judicial Watch’s appeal, Congress was clear in its intent and the agency had full control of the records at the time of Judicial Watch’s request: “In every meaningful way, the FHFA is lawfully in control of these records. There is nothing contingent, hypothetical, indefinite, or limiting about this plain statutory language vesting the FHFA with both legal custody and lawful control over the records.”The District Court, while agreeing in large part with Judicial Watch’s legal argument, ruled that the FHFA did not ultimately control the records and therefore denied the American people access to the records.
Overall, members of Congress have received more than $4.8 million in political contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the last ten years. According to, from 1998 through 2008, the top ten recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s political largess, are as follows: Senator Dodd (D-CT), then-Senator Obama (D-IL), Senator Kerry (D-MA), Senator Bennett (R-UT), Rep. Bachus (R-AL), Rep. Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Kanjorski (D-PA), Senator Bond (R-MO), Senator Shelby (R-AL), Senator Reed (D-RI). Senator Dodd, the top recipient of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac campaign contributions, was Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee responsible for regulating the mortgage industry. Notably, President Obama was a top recipient of campaign monies despite being in the Senate for only three years.“The Obama administration has taken over the mortgage market through Fannie and Freddie. And not one document from these two monstrosities is subject to disclosure under our open records law? We hope the appellate court puts a stop to the Obama administration’s unprecedented secrecy,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Fannie and Freddie used political contributions to protect themselves from being held accountable as the housing market was set up for collapse. Now, as a result, taxpayers are on the hook to Fannie and Freddie for at least $400 billion — and $5 trillion in mortgage liabilities. The American people deserve to know the full truth about the partnership between Fannie and Freddie and their allies on Capitol Hill.”


TSA Can’t Assure Mexican Border Air Marshal Assignments Did Not Impact Transportation Security

Corruption Chronicles | July 11, 2024
The federal agency created after 9/11 to protect the nation’s transportation system has no idea how aviation security was impacted when it plucked Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS...

Judicial Watch: DC Board of Elections Records Reveal 583 Foreign Nationals are Registered Vote…

Press Releases | July 10, 2024
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it received records showing that as of June 583 foreign nationals are registered to vote in Washington, DC. The records from ...

Packs of “Fighting Age Males” in Military Uniforms Entering U.S. through Remote Arizona Town

Corruption Chronicles | July 09, 2024
As the nation’s largest southern border crossings finally receive mainstream media coverage years into an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis, untold numbers of “fighting a...