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70 executives at mortgage giants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to get pay limits, bonuses cut
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Salaries of 70 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives will be limited to $500,000 per year and their annual bonuses eliminated amid pressure from Congress to stop the big payouts.
The pay and bonus structure of the government-controlled mortgage giants came under fire this fall after it was revealed that 12 executives got $35.4 million in salary and bonuses in 2009 and 2010. Fannie's chief executive, Michael J. Williams, received about $9.3 million for the two years. Freddie's chief executive, Edward Haldeman Jr., was paid $7.8 million.
The government rescued Fannie and Freddie three years ago after they nearly folded because of big losses on risky mortgages. Taxpayers have spent about $170 billion to prop up the two companies, the most expensive bailout of the 2008 financial crisis.