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Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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PETER SCHWEIZER is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and he is the founder and director of the Government Accountability Institute. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and elsewhere. His books include Throw Them All Out, which exposed congressional insider stock trading and led to the passage of the STOCK Act.
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What if, in reality, it's the other way around? What if it's the politician that has the corporation, or some other powerful entity in his pocket, and it's the politician, be it a senator or congressman, that tells that entity to donate to his campaign, how much to donate, and that congress will insure that the corporation will remain in business with handsome profits to boot.
This is what this book is about, a role reversal of the two entities, and how it is the politician who has the power, not the corporation, company, or rich tycoon, for lack of a better phrase.
This book has been thoroughly researched by the author, and what you will find here may surprise you.
The congressman, or senator, is the one who has the power to vote on a bill that will affect corporations and individuals, and he knows this. Because of this, they will use their leverage to get what they want, mostly money, for reelection, but also to put in their own private bank accounts, and even the accounts of their fellow officeholders, and all this is legal. I'll give you a few examples. When a bill is passed that will affect an entity, that will cost it money to adjust their company, be it environmental or otherwise, that politician can go to this entity (corporation) and tell them how it will affect them, what they will have to pay for, and how much money it will cost them.Read more ›
I rate this book five stars for content, but if it were possible I would give this best-selling book six stars based on its bargain price. Consider that it could not be researched and written by most individuals in many lifetimes. Yet some malcontent cheapskates (who likely pay hundreds per month for just their Internet, cell phone and cable TV) have given it one star based on its "high" price which, at $13/$16, is actually about average for most other books of its type.
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Just a short way in to the book, but it's very interesting, and a bit nauseating already. Really bringing to the forefront an even deeper level of corruption in our government... Read morePublished 25 days ago by steve nelson
Every American should be required to read this book. Mr. Schweizer does a fantastic job pointing out the corruption and the double standard.Published 2 months ago by TK Hokie
Turns what you thought you knew about lobbying on its head.Published 2 months ago by Douglas Bailey
I knew the situation, relative to our Politicians, Congress, U.S. & Foreign Corporations existed, (like in cahoots with each other), but I never really knew to what extent, and how... Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Kennett
We have all had the idea that these parasites which are nothing more than puppets on the end of strings for the powerfullu rich, I still am curious what is being said in print. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph Estrada
Great expose about the red and blue thieves. I bought the wispernet audio to go with it and it was very enjoyable.Published 5 months ago by Redmonds