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How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets

By Peter Schweizer

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780544103344, 250pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

A bombshell investigation reveals how Washington really works: politicians extort money from us, then use it to buy each other's votes. Best-selling author Peter Schweizer reveals: *Obama's "Protection Money": How the Obama Administration targeted industries for criminal investigation but chose not to pursue key political donors.*John Boehner's "Tollbooth": How the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he will hold crucial votes on the House floor.*The "Slush Fund": How politicians extract "campaign contributions" and then convert them to bankroll lavish lifestyles complete with limos, private jets, golf at five-star resorts, fine wines, and cash for family members.*Capitol Hill's "Underground Economy": How congressmen use a little-known loophole that allows them to secretly link their votes to cash.Extortion finally makes clear why Congress is so dysfunctional: it's all about making money, not making law.