Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
ISBN/ASIN: 0544103343,9780544103344 | 2013 | English | epub | 256/0 pages | 4.34 Mb
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade | Author: Peter Schweizer
A bombshell investigation reveals how Washington really works: politicians extort money from us, then use it to buy each other’s votes. Best-selling author Peter Schweizer reveals:
*Obama’s "Protection Money": How the Obama Administration targeted industries for criminal investigation but chose not to pursue key political donors.
*John Boehner’s "Tollbooth": How the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he will hold crucial votes on the House floor.
*The "Slush Fund": How politicians extract "campaign contributions" and then convert them to bankroll lavish lifestyles complete with limos, private jets, golf at five-star resorts, fine wines, and cash for family members.
*Capitol Hill’s "Underground Economy": How congressmen use a little-known loophole that allows them to secretly link their votes to cash.
Extortion finally makes clear why Congress is so dysfunctional: it’s all about making money, not making law.