Government Motors Paid Up?

by Steve on April 26, 2010

You’ve no doubt seen the ad where the Chairman of GM claims:

“GM is able to repay the taxpayers in full, with interest, ahead of schedule, because more customers are buying vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse we build here in Fairfax,”

Apparently there’s a slight difference between a “loan” and TARP funds.

GM received a total of $52 billion from the U.S. government and $9.5 billion from the Canadian and Ontario governments as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. The U.S. considered $6.7 billion of the $52 billion as a loan.

In fact, GM still owes $45.3 billion to the U.S. and $8.1 billion to Canada, money it received in exchange for shares in the company. GM said it hopes to repay those amounts with an eventual public stock offering, the AP reported.

I should be shocked at the claim but I’m not even surprised. Business as usual I suppose. More if you care.

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