Barney Frank - Relationship with Herb Moses
Note: Some Text taken directly from Business and Media Institute source
Barney Frank and Herb Moses
Congressman Barney Frank has served on the House Banking Committee since becoming a congressman in 1981 and became the ranking Democrat on the committee in 2003. He became chairman of the committee, now called the House Financial Services Committee, in 2007. The committee is the primary House body which along with the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) has jurisdiction over the government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
From 1988 to 1998, Congressman Frank (who is openly gay) was involved in a relationship with Herb Moses. Herb Moses was the assistant director for product initiatives at Fannie Mae and had been at the forefront of relaxing lending restrictions at the company for rural customers, according to the Feb. 23, 1998, issue of National Mortgage News (NMN).
Herb Moses, who helped develop many of Fannie Mae’s affordable housing and home improvement lending programs, has left the mortgage industry. Mr. Moses - whose last day was Feb. 13 (1998) - spent the past seven years at Fannie Mae, most recently as director of housing initiatives. Over the course of time, he played an instrumental role in developing the company’s Title One and 203(k) home improvement lending programs. The Dartmouth grad also played a crucial role in brokering a relationship between Fannie Mae and the Department of Agriculture. This led to the creation of Fannie Mae’s rural housing program where the secondary marketing agency agreed to purchase small farm loans insured through the department.
The relationship between Congressman Frank and Mr. Moses was not a passing one. The two men shared an apartment for many years, used the term spouse when referring to each other, and Mr. Moses was issued a "spouse pin" for parking and other privileges. Barney Frank Frank was and remains a stalwart defender of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While Moses served at Fannie Mae and was Frank’s partner, Frank was actively working to support GSEs, according to several news outlets.
In a 1991 article, Herb Moses is quoted as stating:
I am the only member of the congressional gay spouse caucus, On Capitol Hill, Barney always introduces me as his lover.
Legislative Actions by Congressman Frank
In 1991, Frank and former Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., lobbied for Fannie to soften rules on multi-family home mortgages although those dwellings showed a default rate twice that of single-family homes, according to the Nov. 22, 1991, Boston Globe.
BusinessWeek reported in its Nov. 14, 1994, issue that Fannie Mae called on Frank to exert his influence against a Housing & Urban Development proposal that would force the GSE to focus on minority and low-income buyers and police bias by lenders regardless of their location. Fannie Mae opposed HUD on the issue because it claimed doing so would “ignore the urban middle class.”
In 2003, Congressman Frank (who was the senior Democrat on the Committee) aggressively campaigned to resist regulation attempted by the Bush administration to monitor and curtail the very lending which Congressman Frank and others blamed for the collapse.
Moses left Fannie in 1998 to start his own pottery business. National Mortgage News called Moses a “mortgage guru” and said he developed “many of Fannie Mae's affordable housing and home improvement lending programs. Moses ended his relationship with Frank just months after he left Fannie.
Although mainstream news sources largely ignored the relationship, several news outlets and Congressmen expressed opinions that the relationship was an obvious conflict of interest.
Dan Gainor, Vice President of the Business & Media Institute, and a T. Boone Pickens Fellow said the following:
It’s absolutely a conflict. He was voting on Fannie Mae at a time when he was involved with a Fannie Mae executive. How is that not germane? If this had been his ex-wife and he was Republican, I would bet every penny I have - or at least what’s not in the stock market - that this would be considered germane. But everybody wants to avoid it because he’s gay. It’s the quintessential double standard.
A source cited by Fox News stated the following:
C’mon, he writes housing and banking laws and his boyfriend is a top exec at a firm that stands to gain from those laws? No media ever takes note? Imagine what would happen if Frank’s political affiliation was R instead of D? Imagine what the media would say if [GOP former] Chairman [Mike] Oxley’s wife or [GOP presidential nominee John] McCain’s wife was a top exec at Fannie for a decade while they wrote the nation’s housing and banking laws.
 Website: Business and Media Institute Article: Media Mum on Barney Frank's Fannie Mae Love Connection Author: Jeff Poor Accessed on: 04/06/2010
 Website: Fox News Article: Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest Author: Bill Sammon Accessed on: 04/06/2010