Oh, and it wasn't Obama that Fannie and Freddie were trying to influence. The AP reports:
Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.
In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by GOP convention in September., R-Neb. DCI's chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain's campaign later hired to manage the