Peter Schweizer: "Extortion"

 - "Extortion" by Peter Schweizer

"Extortion" by Peter Schweizer

Peter Schweizer: "Extortion"

Conventional wisdom holds that rich donors control Washington politicians. A government accountability expert argues it's the reverse. How legislators legally extort contributions from big donors.

In recent years, money from special interest groups has flooded Washington. Many say it’s the root of our political dysfunction. But maybe conventional wisdom is wrong. Perhaps the problem lies not with the buyers of influence, but with the sellers. Author Peter Schweizer charges lawmakers’ hunt for cash influences everything from how they write laws to when they vote on a bill. He says Washington politicians use leadership PACs to bankroll lavish lifestyles, and rely on a secret loophole to make loans to themselves. Diane and Schweizer discuss new revelations about the old link between money and politics.

Guests

Peter Schweizer

president, Government Accountability Institute and author 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."

Read An Excerpt

From "Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets" by Peter Schweizer. Copyright © 2013 by Peter Schweizer. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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