Extortion How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
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Description: Something fundamental has changed in Washington. The problem used to be that special interests clogged up the system by showering money on politicians. Now the dynamic is reversed: politicians extort the money from us, then use it to buy each other's votes.The problem of money in American politics has become so staggering that it's almost too overwhelming to understand. Why are so few bills passed? Why do so many problems seem to linger on and on despite voters' demands that they be solved? Why is Washington so broken?Thanks to an extraordinary effort by Peter Schweizer and the staff of the Government Accountability Institute, we finally have an answer: money prefers dysfunction. And money rules Washington in a whole new way--by extortion.Our politicians refuse to schedule votes until corporations and individuals pay up. They play one industry off against another for months or years while milking both sides for funds. They pass complex bills so that when they leave public service they can hire themselves out as guides to that very complexity. Worst of all, they use the recent innovation of "leadership PACs" to buy loyalty and votes.Our leaders no longer care about us; they care only about their war chests.Extortion is a bombshell of a book that reveals:* how both political parties maintain a secret dues list, forcing members of Congress to pay to maintain key leadership positions.* how those key leaders, in turn, use their positions to extort money from donors.* how leadership PACs are used to underwrite politicians' lifestyles and purchase each other's loyalties.* how the Department of Justice has radically expanded the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to shake down key targets--while ignoring much more obvious targets on Wall Street.After naming names and revealing the shocking extent of the problem, Schweizer argues persuasively that we can do better. If Washington adopted some of the ethics laws that govern state politicians, we would be better off. If Congress outlawed leadership PACs, we would be better off. Most of all, if voters understand all the facts in Extortion, we ourselves can rise in revolt.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Peter Schweizer is lives in Palo Alto, California.
|Introduction: "Throw Fear"|
|America's Most Expensive Tollbooth|
|Protection: For a Price|
|The Underground Washington Economy|
|The Double-Milker: You May Not Be Interested in Washington, but Washington Is Interested in You|
|Trust Me: You're Gonna Need to Pay Me|
|Protection for a Price: What About a Washington Corrupt Practices Act?|
|It's a Family Affair|
|Conclusion: Protection for the Rest of Us|
|Republican Party Dues Lists, 2013, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Member Dues, 2013-2014, 2011-2012|
|Leadership PAC Spending on Other Candidates During 2012 Election Cycle|