‘Extortion’ Author: DC More ‘Sopranos’ Than ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’

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imagesOn Friday, Peter Schweizer, the author of Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, said the culture of Washington, D.C. resembles The Sopranos more than Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Schweizer’s comments echoed the fundamental thesis of his book: that lawmakers in Washington extort more moneyarrow-10x10.png and favors from companies and industries than those companies influence legislators.

The Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President addressed the Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch in California. He said Washington is now “less Jimmy Stewart and more like the Sopranos” as the country is ”moving from a free market economy and approaching an extortion economy of which Washington, D.C. is our nation’s capital.”

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Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee to Land Top Committee Spots

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extortion-coverMembers of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal.

The never-before-published lists are reprinted inside the new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer.

Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost “mythical” quality.

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