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Politiciansí Extortion Racket
The New York Times ^ | 10/21/13 | Peter Schweizer

Posted on 10/22/2013 11:33:46 AM PDT by Cino42

We have long assumed that the infestation of special interest money in Washington is at the root of so much that ails our politics. But what if we’ve had it wrong? What if instead of being bribed by wealthy interests, politicians are engaged in a form of legal extortion designed to extract campaign contributions?

Consider this: of the thousands of bills introduced in Congress each year, only roughly 5 percent become law. Why do legislators bother proposing so many bills? What if many of those bills are written not to be passed but to pressure people into forking over cash?

This is exactly what is happening. Politicians have developed a dizzying array of legislative tactics to bring in money.

Take the maneuver known inside the Beltway as the “tollbooth.” Here the speaker of the House or a powerful committee chairperson will create a procedural obstruction or postponement on the eve of an important vote. Campaign contributions are then implicitly solicited. If the tribute offered by those in favor of the bill’s passage is too small (or if the money from opponents is sufficiently high), the bill is delayed and does not proceed down the legislative highway.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congressextortion; congressmafia; extortion; extortionbook; peterschweizer; politicalextortion; sarahpalin

1 posted on 10/22/2013 11:33:46 AM PDT by Cino42
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To: Cino42

All lies. King Obamadingaling has transformed Washington DC in to a bastion of peace, truth and honor just like he said he would.


2 posted on 10/22/2013 11:36:37 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Cino42
Congress Runs like a Mafia Racket

I am SO surprised, I NEVER expected congress critters to act like mobsters or gang bangers.

I need to start over.

3 posted on 10/22/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Cino42

If you look at Reid and Pelosi, it’s a matter of public record that they ARE the mafia.


4 posted on 10/22/2013 11:50:19 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Hardraade

I think the Mafia has more class and this is an insult to the Mafia to be compared to politicians.


5 posted on 10/22/2013 12:01:10 PM PDT by MrKatykelly
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To: Cino42
“Congress Runs like a Mafia Racket”

Dear New York Times,
No Schitt Sherlock, when did you get your first clue?
You are either the most low information newspaper in history or just plain stupid if you haven't known this for well over 100 years.
Even I have known this for damn near fify years.

6 posted on 10/22/2013 12:02:16 PM PDT by Tupelo ( Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. An old Republican Tradition.)
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To: Cino42

Uncle

Socially
Accepted
Mafia


7 posted on 10/22/2013 12:10:39 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: MrKatykelly

They did, at one time. But that’s some time ago. Reid’s connection to the mob Casino business is no secret, neither is the fact that Nancy is married to a mobster heavy.


8 posted on 10/22/2013 12:11:33 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Cino42
at if many of those bills are written not to be passed but to pressure people into forking over cash?

you mean like income taxes and obozocare??

9 posted on 10/22/2013 12:44:18 PM PDT by drypowder
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“What if many of those bills are written not to be passed but to pressure people into forking over cash?” Figured that a long time ago.. Bill gates got by for some time before they knocked on his door..


10 posted on 10/22/2013 1:48:25 PM PDT by WorksinKOP
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To: Cino42

I knew an honest state rep who told a story
about the start of the legislative session.

One of the first bills to be introduced was
to raise the liquor tax. Then the state liquor distributors would have to lobby the state congress
with free liquor.

He also told a story where he answered a knock at his door to find a liquor lobbyist asking if he needed anything. He declined but found two half-gallons of liquor outside his door when he walked out later.


11 posted on 10/22/2013 2:23:57 PM PDT by TLOne (All terrorists want is for us to bow and worship their god. Oh, and to let them rule.)
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To: Cino42
Author of this Op-Ed for the New York Times is author of the book Extortion.

Sarah Palin has blasted the Lamestream Media from her facebook page for ignoring what is going on in Washington.

This has got to be Front Page and Breaking on Free Republic -- the Extortion that goes on in Washington, DC.

12 posted on 10/23/2013 11:57:36 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: topher
Related article from Breitbart.com:

Palin: Schweizer Book a 'Slap Upside the Head' to Media's Blindness to D.C. Corruption

The author of this Op-Ed piece for the New York Times (Peter Schweizer) is the author of the book Sarah Palin refers to...

13 posted on 10/23/2013 12:00:10 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Cino42

To compare congress to the mafia is a grave insult...to the mafia.

-The mafia makes no pretense of helping it’s extortion victims.
-The mafia often provides products and services that are in demand.
-The mafia costs less.
-The mafia has better cannoli.


14 posted on 10/23/2013 12:36:55 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Cino42

Mention 'extortion' again, and I'll have your legs broken.

15 posted on 10/23/2013 12:38:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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