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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470193566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470193560
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben Freeman is a National Security Investigator at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). He specializes in analyzing the impact of lobbying by foreign governments on U.S. foreign policy, and Department of Defense acquisition and personnel issues. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, on National Public Radio, and in numerous other media outlets. He has also utilized his expertise testifying before the Senate and as an instructor in the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University, where he teaches research methods and analytics. Prior to joining POGO, Dr. Freeman earned a Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University, where he was also an instructor in the Political Science Department and the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He now spends his days fighting corruption in Washington, D.C.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Dennett on October 17, 2012
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This is the first book solely devoted to exploring the shady underbelly of foreign lobbying, and it does so not only thoroughly but with enough juicy Washington details to keep you reading until the last page. Freeman has certainly done his research and the years spent on the book show in its careful deconstructing of some of the most powerful lobbying firms in the country and the back door deals they negotiate for their wealthy foreign clients. He demonstrates the dangers of too much foreign influence on U.S. policy with aplomb while revealing details about the process that leaves little doubt in the reader's mind that U.S. foreign policy is indeed being sold to the highest bidder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JessDC on October 25, 2012
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Freeman's book provides an important analysis of the influence foreign lobbyists have on American politics. Through fascinating case studies and statistical analysis, the Foreign Policy Auction illustrates how foreign governments use their power, and most notably their money, to directly influence American policy. The book is easy to read and the enthusiasm of the author comes through. It's a must read!
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I read this not knowing a lot about foreign lobbying or how lobbyists operate. This book is comprehensive in exploring when and how lobbyists meet with and donate to Congress. It outlines who the lobbyists are, who they are contacting and meeting, why they are contacting them, the outcomes, how much that meeting cost the lobbyist, and how much the lobbyists are raking in. The donations sometimes seem small, but the effects and outcomes can have enormous consequences and can sometimes be contrary to public interest. I think this is an important subject for people to understand. The book outlines simple common sense steps to help remedy a situation that is only getting more out of control.
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