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Government Loses $9.26 Billion on Auto Bailout

December 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a report from the U.S. Treasury Department released Monday, the government lost a total of $9.26 billion on its bailout of the auto industry during the Great Recession. The program closed after the Treasury sold its final shares of Ally Financial on Dec. 19, The Detroit News reports.

The Treasury recovered $70.43 billion of the $79.69 billion it gave to General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and auto lending arms Ally Financial Inc. and Chrysler Financial. While the government actually made $2.4 billion on its investment of Ally, it recouped just $39 billion of the $49.5 billion given to GM; and $10.67 billion of the $11.96 billion that went to Chrysler.

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