U.S. Government Ends Chrysler Investment With $1.3 Billion Loss

The U.S government has sold its shares in Chrysler LLC at a likely loss of $1.3 billion in taxpayer money, the Treasury Department said Thursday, announcing the end of a controversial investment that resurrected the troubled auto company.

Italian automaker Fiat SpA, which has run the company since it emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2009, purchased the U.S. government’s remaining 98,000 shares in the auto company for $560 million.

The financial loss irritated Republican lawmakers.

“I am deeply disturbed to learn that the Obama administration left $1.3 billion taxpayer dollars on the table in resolving its bailout of Chrysler,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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