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Dec 05

Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets

Conventional wisdom holds that Washington is broken because outside special interests bribe and buy politicians. Peter Schweizer, however, argues that just the reverse is true. Politicians have developed a new set of brass knuckle legislative tactics designed to extort wealthy industries and compel donors into forking over big sums – cash that lawmakers often funnel into the pockets of their friends and families. Based upon extensive investigative research, Schweizer posits that the problem in our Nation’s capital is more about extortion than bribery and that what goes on in Washington is less about law-making than money-making. 

Peter Schweizer is the President of the Government Accountability Institute, a nonprofit research institution dedicated to investigating and exposing cronyism, government corruption, and misuse of taxpayer money. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on policy, government, and culture. His previous book, Throw Them All Out, exposed congressional insider trading and is widely credited with leading to the passage of the STOCK Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2012. Schweizer is also the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He received his M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University.

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