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Extortion : how politicians extract your money, buy votes, and line their own pockets

Author: Peter Schweizer
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Conventional wisdom holds that Washington is broken because outside special interests bribe politicians. The reverse is true: politicians have developed a new set of brass-knuckle legislative tactics designed to extort wealthy industries and donors into forking over big donations ... Until now, Washington's extortion racket has gone unreported. Yet thanks to an extraordinary effort by Peter Schweizer and the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Schweizer
ISBN: 9780544103344 0544103343 9780544334557 0544334558
OCLC Number: 855858197
Description: 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "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 --
Slush funds --
Trust me : you're gonna need to pay me --
Protection for a price : what about the Washington Corrupt Practices Act? --
It's a family affair --
Protection for the rest of us.
Responsibility: Peter Schweizer.

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"Conventional wisdom holds that Washington is broken because outside special interests bribe politicians. The reverse is true: politicians have developed a new set of brass-knuckle legislative tactics designed to extort wealthy industries and donors into forking over big donations ... Until now, Washington's extortion racket has gone unreported. Yet thanks to an extraordinary effort by Peter Schweizer and the investigative research staff of the Government Accountability Institute, we now know the racketeering methods and the players who profit from them."--Jacket.

Argues that politicians in Congress are extorting money from corporations and the people and then use it to buy each other's votes.

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