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Extortion

How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
Narrated by: Jonny Heller
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

Peter Schweizer's bombshell investigation reveals how Washington really works: politicians extort money from us, then use it to buy each other's votes. Our legislators' desire for cash influences everything-from how they write laws to when they vote on a bill. His audiobook 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.

©2013 Peter Schweizer (P)2013 Peter Schweizer

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  • Amazon Customer PM
  • 08-05-14

Down with the ruling class

Where does Extortion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most enlightening books I have listened to. It will make your blood boil. The bastards in Washington are getting wealthy beyond belief on the backs of ordinary Americans. Democrats and Republicans alike. Just like pro-wrestling, these guys put on a show on the camera and conspire behind the scene.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Extortion?

How the Harry Reid extortion machine has gotten incredibly wealthy for doing nothing other than being connected.

What about Jonny Heller’s performance did you like?

Johnny is easy to listen to and ads depth to the performance.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

We have to vote out all established politicians. This is not how the country was designed to work.

Any additional comments?

A must listen to.

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  • robert
  • 21-01-18

The true behind the scenes account of Distinguished Gentlemen

This book gives a behind the scenes look at the games politicians play to gain money, power, and influence. I think it is a must read for anyone trying to understand what is going on in politics, and whether your being played by crafty word smiths

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  • Dee
  • 22-11-19

Corruption in politicians

Why does EVERYONE know of all the corruption going on but nothing is ever done to stop it & politicians never go to jail????
Very interesting/informative book with sooo much information about soo many that it is hard to keep up...I have to listen again!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-18

A Must Read!

Wow! Great and informative read! It’s amazing the amount of BS that happens in our politics.

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  • Joe Kulle
  • 17-04-18

Very Interesting about these politicians

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When will they get prosecuted. Americans must wake up and vote them out! President Trump will try but he is fighting the world. Peter good job!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-12-16

A must read.

Because of all the crooks in D.C. wanting to change our election reading this will show you how and why they cannot let Trump in the White house.

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  • Rick
  • 03-09-16

A Must Listen!

What did you love best about Extortion?

Peter Schweizer has done a masterful job of describing what goes on behind the green curtain. He names names and gives detailed facts describing the corruption that goes unreported. The political class has a system that will nauseate you.

What other book might you compare Extortion to and why?

Predator Nation is similar.

Have you listened to any of Jonny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great job by Jonny.

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Anyone interested in understanding why things don't change in Washington, and why the average citizen feels they are not listened to, will find out why in this book.

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  • Rational Thinker
  • 20-08-16

Worth the read

Gives a well-supported (usually including names, dates and places), eye-opening and unique perspective on DC and, By extension, state and local politics. You know it's dirty, but you don't know HOW dirty or that the strings of the corporations are usually pulled by the politicians and bureaucrats, NOT vice versa.

Key quote: Those "bribes" we paid sure felt like extortion to us! (retired corporate exec)

Reader: clear and used appropriate emphasis. Well done.

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  • E. Kelly
  • 21-02-14

Great Read

What made the experience of listening to Extortion the most enjoyable?

If you really want to know how business is conducted, then you will enjoy this book.

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