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Friday, November 1, 2013

Look closer at who we have elected to represent us

Have you heard of Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets by Peter Schweizer? This is the same Peter Schweizer who wrote 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 which led to the passage of the STOCK Act against insider trading.

His books, Ann Coulter's books, and The Liberty Amendments would be great reads for those unfamiliar with just what exactly their elected politicians are up to. That should be just about everyone!

Here is a report about Extortion.
Extortion, which includes over 35 pages of source materials and over 600 endnotes, contains numerous revelations, including:
  • How Democratic Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) funneled at least $294,245 in campaign cash to herself by loaning her campaign money in 1998 at a staggering 18% interest rate and then letting the loan linger unpaid for 20 years
  • Never-before-printed top secret "price lists," known officially as "party dues," that include the donation totals members of Congress must raise to land top committee spots and chairmanships 
  • How Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) bagged over $200,000 in donations from executives and companies prior to holding votes on three bills of critical importance to their industries--revelations that prompted Boehner spokesperson Brendan Buck to attack Schweizer and his book
  • How President Barack Obama used a political extortion tactic known as a "double milker bill" to "milk" millions in donations by pitting Obama's friends in Hollywood against his supporters in Silicon Valley to extract cash from both, as well as how Attorney General Eric Holder has increased Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions 65% over the previous administration in order to enrich his former employer and target Republicans 
Extortion's no-holds barred investigative style and meticulous research have won praise from across the political spectrum; voices as divergent as Gov. Sarah Palin to the New York Times editorial board have all praised Schweizer's latest Washington blockbuster. 
The question remaining about this and other matters such as the "surprise" at Obamacare's utter failure thus far rests with our investigative reporting. Or uninvestigative, in this case. None of this should be a surprise, folks, if the media were doing their jobs. And elections just might have different results if average citizens were informed about politicians' corruption. It's widespread, to say the least.

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