• Extortion

  • How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
  • By: Peter Schweizer
  • Narrated by: Jonny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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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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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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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.

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A must listen to.

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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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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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Great Read

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

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great book

A very good listen that kept the informational action coming. And yet is filled with relevant and little known information that I could follow. I can't wait to listen to it again.

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Politics and money in America

An excellent expose of how our politician extort monies from donors
In return for favorable legislation.
Frankly I found this knowledge to be very shocking and depressing . Calling Washington a swamp seems
A well deserved title. This book is a must read. It is an eye opener.
Peter Schweitzer deserves the highest awards for his courage and
Unwavering search of how politics and money are so interrelated in America

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The Extreme Greed of Our Government...Extorted

Excellent exposure of how our crooked politicians extort money and use the government to get filthy rich. Their perpose is to help themselves NOT help WE THE PEOPLE.

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FACTS!!

Sometimes difficult to stay interested because the information is "more of the same." that said, I highly recommend that if you really want an idea of the daily workings of the US Congress, with FACTS to support the conclusions, this is a must read.

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO LISTEN TO THIS!

Peter Schweizer knows his stuff and has done his homework. He goes after both parties in this eye-opening book on the inner workings of politics.