Bestselling author Peter Schweizer is the President of the Government Accountability Institute, which investigates government corruption, cronyism and abuse of tax payers money. He is the author of Throw them All Out, an explosive dossier on Congressional insider trading. Schweizer revealed some of his most recent findings in a shocking expose on the weekly Palin Update with Kevin Scholla.
His latest book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract your Money, Buy Votes and Line their Own Pockets details how the both parties are shaking companies and donors down via legal threats and threats of criminal prosecution then soliciting donations.
Political Mafia’s Protection Racket Exposed
Schweizer compared it to the squeegee men of old who would come your car with towel in one hand and a brick in the other. The demand for money to make the threat disappear is implied, not explicit. He said former CEOs of Shell Oil and Microsoft, among others have alleged this extortion is taking place. "You’re expected to hire certain lobbyists or family members of people in Congress and if you don’t, you’re going to have heck to pay," Schweizer said.
Only retirees were willing to discuss these allegations and be named in Schweizer’s book which details "milker bills," and Boehner’s "toll booth approach," among many other things. A "milker bill" is legislation designed to elicit donations for lobbyists and legislator’s family members. The bill is written to scare an industry. Once donations are made, the bill disappears. Milker bills are a legislative protection racket.
Active industry leaders refused to go on the record with Schweizer. The techniques and pecking order mirror the Mafia’s, except the threats are economic and financial. He said this is not bribery; it’s extortion. A survey conducted last year indicated that corporate executives donated to campaigns because "they feared bad things would happen to them and their industries." Schweizer continued, "the politicians and the bureaucrats have the upper hand and hold all the cards."
In reviewing Extortion, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said, "how can you have government of the people, by the people, and for the people, when you have to grease the palms of the ruling class?" Schweizer said Gov. Palin is correct and she fought these political shenanigans up in Alaska, pulling out the Corrupt Bastards Club and others by "trunk and roots."
He said the culture needs to be changed in Washington, D.C. by de-centralizing power, outlawing campaign fund-raising during the legislative session, and setting term limits for the House and Senate. Twenty seven states already outlaw campaign fund-raising during state legislative sessions.
"The media are lapdogs, not watchdogs," Schweizer said, because they don’t want to lose their access and social relationships.
He said "unless you change the underlying culture, you are going to keep getting the same exact result." The culture is conducive to corruption; both Democrats and Republicans are equally culpable. "Whether they have a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after their names, they are human beings and they are going to be tempted and prone to the same behavior."
His web site is http://politicalextortion.com.
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Steel Resolve: Team with Best Playmakers Wins
"Republicans need to say what we are for, instead of merely railing about what we are against," Sarah Steelman said in her weekly Steel Resolve segment. She cited football statistics which show a nearly equal chance of winning for having either a good offense or defense. The trump card is having the best playmakers. Republicans need more playmakers, less talkers.
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Peter Schweizer is the guest on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! Schweizer discusses his new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. The book, which received a glowing review from Sarah Palin digs deep into the mafia style tactics that take place in Washington, DC all too often. Governor Palin fires back at anti-gun activist Piers Morgan for his latest misleading jabs. Also, October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and Palin gives some special recognition to those with an extra chromosome. Plus, a brand new Commonwealth Commonsense with Susan Stimpson and the latest segment of Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman.
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