Bailout Watch

An interactive graphic displaying how much has been spent on federal rescue packages.

Since the economic-stimulus package in February, the federal government has offered more than a dozen multibillion-dollar rescue packages for a variety of industries and people endangered by the financial chaos and the recession. The magnitude of even one of these mega-bailouts is hard enough to grasp—see the “Explainer’s” take on the meaning of $700 billion—and combined they represent trillions of dollars in federal commitments. The following Slate / The Big Money visualization attempts to put the magnitude of these rescue packages in perspective.