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Who’s on Treasury Sec. Geithner’s Calendar? Search for Yourself

A searchable, easy-to-browse look at the Treasury Secretary’s calendar during the height of financial reform.


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Curious who had Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's ear this summer during the height of financial reform? Now you can check for yourself.

Yesterday Reuter's Felix Salmon bemoaned how hard it was to make sense of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's calendar as it was posted on the department's website. Aside from being hard to find on the site, the calendars are just scanned documents, so you can't search any specific person or topic. "In other words, these diaries, posted for transparency, are about as opaque as it can get," Salmon wrote.

We threw the document into our wiz-bang document viewer, and ... poof! We present Geithner's schedule, now searchable and easy to browse.

As Bloomberg News pointed out, Jon Stewart had an "off-the-record meeting" with Geithner. Here's that entry in Geithner's calendar. Stewart was part of a trip to New York, where Geithner also met with Bloomberg News and made a "courtesy visit" to the New York Fed board.

On one day while the House and Senate were reconciling their versions of the financial reform bill Geithner spoke with both former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who each supported controversial parts of the bill, and had calls with the sponsors of the bill, Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Christopher Dodd.

In the days before the Senate passed the final version of the bill, not surprisingly Geithner had lots of calls with the Senate Finance Committee's Charles Schumer and Max Baucus. Geithner also spoke with Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein, JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and the United Steelworker's Leo Gerard.

Please post what else you find in the comments section below.

I can’t make the calendar work :(

Here is Heck of a Job Timmy’s track record:

1. Kept the 6 too-big-to-fail banks – now bigger than ever;
2. Kept deposits at risk by maintaining huge grey areas between commercial and investment banking;
3. Didn’t ‘punish’ the financial industry - now even more profitable, with bonuses among the biggest ever
4. Shoveled taxpayer money to the private sector to cover their bad debts.

So, this is the “Liberal” policies that have been supposedly ‘rejected’ in the last election.

These are purely and simply corporatist policies, that further the collusion between the federal government and the corporations.

Heck of a Job Timmy is just doing his job, shilling for Wall Street. That it destroys ‘the little guy’, well, he cares not, nor does his employer, President Obama.

President Obama signalled early on that he would continue Bush-era policies by keeping the same Bush-era ‘advisors’ on two issues the American people wanted most to change - the economy and the ‘preventive war’. Obama doubled-down on both. President Obama needs to get rid of these people, yes; but let’s face it: President Obama’s heart is with the wealthy and the corporations. It’s very easy for Heck of Job Timmy et al to make their sales, because they have such a soft sell.

Hey, the guy had trouble running Turbo Tax. Give the handicapped a break.  I guess it goes along with the Affirmative Action presidency (but he looks so “presidential”!

Richard McDonough

Nov. 5, 2010, 2:07 p.m.

Glad of the openness, not of the policies that continue the Bush-Clinton-Summers policies of aiding the rich and giving the bills to the taxpaying middle class.

Nissim Sasson

Nov. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m.

To bad the elections don’t change anything the Republican financial comities and the Republicans just had one of their first meetings yesterday guess with who, GOLDMAN SUCKS and J J P MORGAN CHASE!
I’m glad the new elected REPUBLICANS are with their constitutes, yeah right!

It goes to show that “parties” such as the Democrats or the GOP are OWNED by the banksters.

If we had a REAL President of Change, he’d DO SOMETHING about this. Unfortunately, (but as his history showed) Obummer would not take a stand against anybody (he voted “present” over 100 times while in Congress because the “community organizer” didn’t want to disenfranchise any possible voters/contributors) and he could do as Lincoln and Kennedy (who he wanted to be equated with) did, fighting to get rid of the Federal Reserve and having the Treasury make INTEREST FREE money, but it’s so much safer to continue to be a puppet and later live on his laurels (trivial as they will sum up to).

nissim sasson

Nov. 5, 2010, 9:31 p.m.

Stevor I agree but then us as people whatt are our options? how can we change the way Washington operates? Its even worse now with the supreme court nre rule,  all conservatiuves Judges by the way (5 tio 4) voted for the corporations to give money to politicians and they dont even have to disclouse who are they giving the money to? because they said that corporations are also people ? ? we are doomed

I don’t profess to be any sort of guru or expert on such things, our only hope is to educate people. Unfortunately, the two parties both are against the “other” party, the Tea Party, with their negative campaign, so it’s a steep uphill battle.
Unfortunately, my local (and pretty much all other congressmen) either won’t educate themselves or are educated and bought off, so they’re useless in regard to them helping.


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Richard Posner

Nov. 6, 2010, 3:41 p.m.

You say you want a revolution?
Be careful what you wish for.
Liberals can squeeze the trigger just as easily as so-called conservatives.
As for the Democrats…well, the political parties haven’t been representative for decades.
All good things must come to an end. And bad things, too.

Billy, the Goat-boy

Nov. 6, 2010, 7:14 p.m.

I’ll be happy when this guys head is stuck on one of the 5 tines of my pitchfork. Larry Summers, Lloyd, Blank,Phil Gramm,.....oh I need to get a bigger pitchfork…..
These guys need to be probed by the Guantanamo Crew, and then dumped nekkid in Nairobi
Zero interest for the banks, so they can sell us debt?
That’s ALL we manufacter , made in the USA.

John De Herrera

Nov. 7, 2010, 2:43 p.m.

I also see the Article V Convention as the logical and rational solution to our current institutionalized corruption. A federal convention is not dangerous, a deliberative assembly operates on standard parliamentary procedure, and simply debating ideas of course does not mean they somehow accidentally become new law. Ratification prevents questionable ideas from becoming law, and is our saftey. The elections for delegates alone will wrench open political discourse, and put the fear of God in all politicians and government officials, from right to left.

nissim sasson

Nov. 7, 2010, 4:41 p.m.

There was a Glen Beck Rally and a Insanity ,Fear Rally by John Stewart and Colbert both are Jokes none them even mention the real issues, Banksters, Fraudclosures, Unemployment, Free Interest money for The Banksters, the Bail out to Banksters,  no regulation to the Banks so the Bnaksters can keep stealing the wealth from the middle class pensions etc
We need to organize a rally from all of the people that are unemployed, in foreclosure, trying to do a Modification, etc
If you make one sign me in or let me know how can i help a real issues Rally
Sign me in ! Lets organize and go to Washington

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