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Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison Hardcover – November 15, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547573146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547573144
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Author Peter Schweizer

Q:When did you realize that so many insider trading and sweetheart land deals were going on?

A: When I first discovered that members of Congress are exempt from insider trading laws, I didn’t believe it. Then, when I started to look at their stock trades and compare them with what they were doing in office, I was stunned.

Q: What do you mean by the "Permanent Political Class"?

A: I think politics in Washington has become a business opportunity. Republicans and Democrats are not so different as you think. They work together to enrich themselves. They have designed the system to work so that they can make lots of money doing things that would get the rest of us sent to jail.

Q: What do you mean by "honest graft"?

A: When people think of politicians making money in Washington, they think of bribery and other illegal activities. That’s small potatoes. The real money is made by doing stuff that’s legal, including insider trading on the stock market and land deals.

Q: Politicians are exempt from insider trading laws? You’re kidding, right?

A: No. They write the rules, and guess what: the rules that apply to us don’t apply to them. By the way, they are also exempt from whistleblower laws. If you see your boss committing a financial crime, you can report them and you will be protected. You can’t be fired. But if your boss is a congressman? You’re toast. You are not protected.

Q: What’s wrong with politicians who trade stock? Don’t we want them involved in the economy?

A: Yes, but they are doing exactly what corporate insiders get sent to jail for doing. It’s a double standard and it’s unfair. If Martha Stewart had been in the U.S. Senate, she would have been protected.


About the Author

Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. From 2008-9 he served as a consultant to the White House Office of Presidential Speechwriting and he is a former consultant to NBC News.  He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere. His books include The Bushes, Reagan's War, and Do as I Say, Not as I Do.

More About the Author

Peter Schweizer is the President of the Government Accountability Institute, the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University , and a best-selling author, most recently of "Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011).

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I have bought several copies of this book for friends and relatives to read and pass on.
John Paddock
This book did help me to think hard about my political understanding and i hope people like us can find a way to stop this breach of trust.
N. Konduru
In Throw Them All Out, Schweizer points to some truly disturbing instances of insider trading by members of the U.S. Congress.
Tiger CK

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463 of 477 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
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It's good to be a Congressman. Prove it's possible to get rich trading options without knowing about technical analysis. Always get out of the market just before TSHTF (that's a standard survival preparedness expression). Life is fair - for some people.

If I weren't already a Declinist, this book would make me so. When I go to the election booth, I don't see the option, "None of the above," below the candidate names. If Peter Schweizer's research is correct, I never stood a chance.

How do our nation's top politicians exit office with millions more than credible based on their salaries and perhaps some patient investing? Nobody has directly and fully answered that question until Throw Them All Out was published.

(Recommended reading: Declare Independence from Party Affiliation)

The club Schweizer calls the 'Permanent Political Class' makes rules for itself. Members with no time to meet small business constituents do not spare any trouble to legally enrich themselves through earmarks, real estate deals, securities violations, trading on inside information, self-dealing with stimulus funds and literally every budget item.

This gets into the purpose of the nation's Capital from the perspective of elected officials. DC is a profit center for them and all that support them in various capacities. They use government to enforce sophisticated pay-to-play and don't-make-no-waves rules. There is little incentive for them to leave Washington, which is one reason they became the permanent political class.

Schweizer cites popular officials that play the IPO (Initial Public Offering) game.
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179 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Freed on November 16, 2011
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With the big expose on 60 Minutes and interviews all over, this book promises to provide one of the great muckraking stories of our generation, and perhaps of American history. The premise is straightforward and scary: Congressmen and women are exempt from a lot of the laws that restrict the rest of us from financial misdealings such as insider trading. The result, as one could imagine, is that many, perhaps most of the privileged class of senators and congressmen have invested in and then benefited from deals that would have landed the rest of us in jail. Everyone remembers Martha Stewart and how she had to go to prison for her insider trading. What the congressmen and women are doing is pretty much the same thing, and worse since they are actually sometimes involved in the actual deals that send federal grants and loans to the companies they invest in.

To take some examples, the book examines many of the most recent deals that congressmen and women have gotten away with. For instance, About $16 billion of the $20 billion that the Obama administration has doled out has gone to financial backers of the Obama administration. Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi received 5,000 shares of an almost impossible-to-get credit card stock. And 10 members of the national finance committee received Solyndra-type loans.

Perhaps the scariest is when the bureaucrats are also involved in the actual company's success, what is called "pump-and-dump." The book goes into such trades that Al Gore made in which he and a Silicon Valley investor put in $16 million into a company before a $25 million grant was issued by the federal government, after which Gore's initial investment turned into $89 million.
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150 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Marc Thiessen on November 16, 2011
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Here is my review of this outstanding book from the Washington Post:

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Crony Capitalism Exposed

Insider trading is illegal -- except for members of Congress. A Wall Street executive who buys or sells stock based on insider information would face a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and quite possibly a federal prosecutor. But senators and congressmen are free to legally trade stock based on nonpublic information they have obtained through their official positions as elected officials -- and they do so on a regular basis.

On Sunday night, CBS News' "60 Minutes" looked into this form of "lawful graft." The "60 Minutes" story exposed, among others, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for participating in a lucrative initial public offering from Visa in 2008 that was not available to the general public, just as a troublesome piece of legislation that would have hurt credit card companies began making its way through the House (the bill never made it to the floor). And it showed how during the 2008 financial crisis, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) -- then-ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee -- aggressively bought stock options based on apocalyptic briefings he had received the day before from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

The report was based on an explosive new book by Peter Schweizer that will hit stores on Tuesday. It's called "Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison." (Full disclosure: Schweizer is a close friend, a former White House colleague and my business partner in a speechwriting firm, Oval Office Writers.
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