I've got a post this afternoon over at The Enterprise blog on the Fed's release of financial data from all three Maiden Lane facilities.
I've already been told it's outrageous that the regional Fed banks spend all this taxpayer money on conferences. The cost maybe outrageous but it's not technically taxpayer money. The regional Fed banks are not actually government agencies. The Federal Reserve Board is but the banks are funded by commercial banks in their districts. We could call the fees that commerical banks pay an indirect tax on consumers but they are not directly your money. Plus the commerical banks get to sit on the Regional Feds' boards in exchange for their fees.
A bit of this could change under Charmain Dodd's bill. More on that later.