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Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact. For over a decade, the work of five-time New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has sent shockwaves through the political universe. Clinton Cash revealed the Clintons’ international money flow, exposed global corruption, and sparked an Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact. For over a decade, the work of five-time New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has sent shockwaves through the political universe. Clinton Cash revealed the Clintons’ international money flow, exposed global corruption, and sparked an FBI investigation. Secret Empires exposed bipartisan corruption and launched congressional investigations. And Throw Them All Out and Extortion prompted passage of the STOCK Act. Indeed, Schweizer’s “follow the money” bombshell revelations have been featured on the front pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and regularly appear on national news programs, including 60 Minutes.Now Schweizer and his team of seasoned investigators turn their focus to the nation’s top progressives—politicians who strive to acquire more government power to achieve their political ends.Can they be trusted with more power?In Profiles in Corruption, Schweizer offers a deep-dive investigation into the private finances, and secrets deals of some of America’s top political leaders. And, as usual, he doesn’t disappoint, with never-before-reported revelations that uncover corruption and abuse of power—all backed up by a mountain of corporate documents and legal filings from around the globe. Learn about how they are making sweetheart deals, generating side income, bending the law to their own benefits, using legislation to advance their own interests, and much more.Profiles in Corruption contains tomorrow’s headlines.


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Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact. For over a decade, the work of five-time New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has sent shockwaves through the political universe. Clinton Cash revealed the Clintons’ international money flow, exposed global corruption, and sparked an Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact. For over a decade, the work of five-time New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has sent shockwaves through the political universe. Clinton Cash revealed the Clintons’ international money flow, exposed global corruption, and sparked an FBI investigation. Secret Empires exposed bipartisan corruption and launched congressional investigations. And Throw Them All Out and Extortion prompted passage of the STOCK Act. Indeed, Schweizer’s “follow the money” bombshell revelations have been featured on the front pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and regularly appear on national news programs, including 60 Minutes.Now Schweizer and his team of seasoned investigators turn their focus to the nation’s top progressives—politicians who strive to acquire more government power to achieve their political ends.Can they be trusted with more power?In Profiles in Corruption, Schweizer offers a deep-dive investigation into the private finances, and secrets deals of some of America’s top political leaders. And, as usual, he doesn’t disappoint, with never-before-reported revelations that uncover corruption and abuse of power—all backed up by a mountain of corporate documents and legal filings from around the globe. Learn about how they are making sweetheart deals, generating side income, bending the law to their own benefits, using legislation to advance their own interests, and much more.Profiles in Corruption contains tomorrow’s headlines.

30 review for Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amora

    This book has over one thousand citations mostly consisting of bank records, campaign finance disclosures, court documents, and investigative reports. There are zero unnamed sources in this book. I took the liberty of carefully looking through many of the sources and they all said what Schweizer said. When I was confused at one point regarding the chapter on Kamala Harris Schweizer’s office was kind enough to clear things up by going out of their way to provide me an audit document. This book pa This book has over one thousand citations mostly consisting of bank records, campaign finance disclosures, court documents, and investigative reports. There are zero unnamed sources in this book. I took the liberty of carefully looking through many of the sources and they all said what Schweizer said. When I was confused at one point regarding the chapter on Kamala Harris Schweizer’s office was kind enough to clear things up by going out of their way to provide me an audit document. This book paints all people mentioned in different light, especially Bernie Sanders who consistently denounces corruption in politics. Schweizer and his team of investigative journalists did a wonderful job with this blockbuster book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bernard

    Knowing that many politicians are crooks is one thing, reading the details is a lot worse. After reading this book, plan on taking a walk or doing something relaxing. The author knows his stuff and documents HEAVILY. This is not some random hit-piece without facts. The book is a painful read, but an important one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This is the third book by Peter Schweitzer that I’ve read. I respect his research and how he plainly lays out the facts which he reports. What is sickening is that many of the things Schweitzer reports are things that the media and honest elected congressman should be delving into. I don’t hold much hope that much will come of what he discloses.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    This is the 4th book I read from this author. Although this book focused entirely on the "Progressive" politicians and almost entirely on the Democratic 2020 Presidential hopefuls, he is normally fair and covers corruption in both parties. It really is incredible to read this book and then listen to these politicians talk down to us with this moral indignation all the while they are totally corrupt and engaging in the very same things they accuse others of engaging in. I always say that socialis This is the 4th book I read from this author. Although this book focused entirely on the "Progressive" politicians and almost entirely on the Democratic 2020 Presidential hopefuls, he is normally fair and covers corruption in both parties. It really is incredible to read this book and then listen to these politicians talk down to us with this moral indignation all the while they are totally corrupt and engaging in the very same things they accuse others of engaging in. I always say that socialism is for the people not the socialists. They talk a good talk, but they are all corrupt as they come. This books covers the sketchy rise of the candidates such as Harris, Biden, Sanders, Warren and many more. These folks and so many others are riding high on the MSM hearts. We have seen time and time and time again and again that the MSM gets it wrong all the time. If you doubt it, look at Michael Avenatti, for gods sake, they were calling the 2020 election in his favor back in 2017. The facts are clear. When Obama was running for his second term, no one in the Democratic Party or the Republicans part would be able to beat him. The only strategy was to wait him out. The same is true with Trump. He will win 2020 and there is nothing anyone can do. They cannot even impeach him. The Democrats are hurting the party by continuing with this approach. When the information in this book comes out, they will be seen in the true light that they are; huge hypocrites.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allanmcd

    A little bit dry in places but i guess all of that detail was necessary to follow the trails. I was impressed that Peter was mostly objective and used actions of the politicians rather than options and gossip. Sadly, this book reaffirmed my disgust with our political system. Politicians that say one thing while they are actually doing something that is usually just the opposite. Unfortunately, it looks like you can't rise to this level of power without kissing a lot of pigs and lining your pocke A little bit dry in places but i guess all of that detail was necessary to follow the trails. I was impressed that Peter was mostly objective and used actions of the politicians rather than options and gossip. Sadly, this book reaffirmed my disgust with our political system. Politicians that say one thing while they are actually doing something that is usually just the opposite. Unfortunately, it looks like you can't rise to this level of power without kissing a lot of pigs and lining your pockets with money from unsavory people. I'm glad that somebody took the time to do all this research and I am impressed that he was able to get it published in this heated political climate. Maybe there are still some good guys out there. It's too bad that the people that really need to read this book probably won't.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Owlseyes

    There's enough material here to turn Bernie Sanders (the couple, to put it more correctly) into toast. There's enough material here to turn Bernie Sanders (the couple, to put it more correctly) into toast.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Nelson

    Reinforces we need term limits and better laws regarding congress.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim Wesberry

    LEGAL CORRUPTION IS THE BEST KIND This book provides a wealth of information on 21sr Century sophisticated “legal” corruption. It is by far preferred by those who seek very high office as do the subjects the author chose to write about. Nepotism, favors for friends and supporters are naturally expected by many, regardless of the ethical, or moral implications. Most of the “corrupt” use of power exposed is not criminal even though it is wrong. The use of non-profits “owned” by the powerful stands LEGAL CORRUPTION IS THE BEST KIND This book provides a wealth of information on 21sr Century sophisticated “legal” corruption. It is by far preferred by those who seek very high office as do the subjects the author chose to write about. Nepotism, favors for friends and supporters are naturally expected by many, regardless of the ethical, or moral implications. Most of the “corrupt” use of power exposed is not criminal even though it is wrong. The use of non-profits “owned” by the powerful stands out as a relatively new twist to perennial traditional political corruption. Otherwise the old fashioned power politics is the same as always just multiplied by the ambition of the power seekers who in today’s “DOLLARCRACY” multiply their votes in direct relation to the money they raise, borrow, beg, filch or thieve.

  9. 5 out of 5

    DeBora Rachelle

    If you care to know more than what the media is telling you, read this book. If you want to be truly disgusted in the current Democratic Party, read this book. If you want to know why these people not in jail, read this book - they all pay each other’s backs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Smith

    A must read before the fall election. Too bad there is so many footnotes, but it backs up the narrative which is a good thing. Why isn't the media looking into any of this. A must read before the fall election. Too bad there is so many footnotes, but it backs up the narrative which is a good thing. Why isn't the media looking into any of this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Amazing insight. Excellent read. Very factual and concise. While the material grabs and holds you, the fact that there is extensive documented proof the whole way through the book is nothing short of amazing. A MUST READ FOR EVERY CITIZEN.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    I'll start out by writing that everyone, regardless of party affiliation, should read this well documented easy to read investigative book. The author follows the money on eight prominent politicians currently campaigning for U.S. president, or have campaigned, or is a mayor with desires in that direction. There is a common thread between all of them, in addition to corruption, it is setting up non-profits through which they can legally (or not) launder money to pay family members running these I'll start out by writing that everyone, regardless of party affiliation, should read this well documented easy to read investigative book. The author follows the money on eight prominent politicians currently campaigning for U.S. president, or have campaigned, or is a mayor with desires in that direction. There is a common thread between all of them, in addition to corruption, it is setting up non-profits through which they can legally (or not) launder money to pay family members running these non-profits. The money is largely, if not solely, obtained from businesses seeking legislative favors benefiting them, or their industries. For the most part this all takes place in the open albeit taking someone like the author and his staff to ferret it out. Two quotations at the end really say it all: "A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices." (George Orwell) "We get the government we choose, the leaders we elect and the corruption we tolerate." (The author) I would add that we cannot afford to just watch the ads and listen to the stump speeches to decide who is worthy of our confidence and vote. We must read books such as this written by investigative journalists. Sadly the news media used to be the watchdog, but they have relinquished that duty to partisanship.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pleunig

    This book is the tip of the iceberg and very disturbing. I am convinced every one in politics is a part of the pay to play system that had been in place since the early days of government. The nerve of any politician preaching they know better. In short it makes me sick. Term limits are needed and loopholes closed. When the fox is in the hen house and pass laws to benefit themselves and their benefactors, we are screwed! Compelling stories with hard facts but a little repetitious. I will never l This book is the tip of the iceberg and very disturbing. I am convinced every one in politics is a part of the pay to play system that had been in place since the early days of government. The nerve of any politician preaching they know better. In short it makes me sick. Term limits are needed and loopholes closed. When the fox is in the hen house and pass laws to benefit themselves and their benefactors, we are screwed! Compelling stories with hard facts but a little repetitious. I will never look at ANY politician the same way. Follow the PACS and the family companies. Who said power corrupts? Everyone should be exposed on both sides of the aisle. My apologies to the few that have integrity.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Ahlstrom

    Profiles in Corruption is a heavily researched, heavily cited investigation, primarily into the Democratic presidential hopefuls in the 2020 election. The overarching theme of the book is the daily hypocrisy we are faced with and the fact that small corruptions often lead to larger ones once more power is concentrated in a single person, flowing to everyone in their orbit. In this, his point comes across loud and clear, and the reader is certainly left to think about how much they really know ab Profiles in Corruption is a heavily researched, heavily cited investigation, primarily into the Democratic presidential hopefuls in the 2020 election. The overarching theme of the book is the daily hypocrisy we are faced with and the fact that small corruptions often lead to larger ones once more power is concentrated in a single person, flowing to everyone in their orbit. In this, his point comes across loud and clear, and the reader is certainly left to think about how much they really know about the politicians they support, and how much lies behind the curtain of the great political machine. The reader is also often left to wonder how much truth lies in the assertions being made. It would be remiss in a review of a highly politicized book not to mention the political leanings of the writer, who is the senior editor-at-large of the far-right media organization Breitbart News. Brietbart news has been declared as “extreme right-wing bias,” “propaganda” and a “questionable source” according to the factchecking website, mediabiasfactcheck.com. While the book mostly reads as the work of a seasoned investigative journalist, Schweizer frequently falls into the suggestive tones of a gossip columnist. One of the most troubling aspects of his criticisms is not political at all, but rather that he chooses to open each chapter by focusing on the religious beliefs of the politician (if they differ from Christianity). Kamala Harris is half Indian, and he uses his suggestive tone to infer that perhaps she is more Hindu than anything else. Cory Booker was once very curious about Judaism, even praying and attending services. Bernie Sanders, of course a well-known Jew, has a somewhat secretive history at a “particularly political” Kibbutz in Israel, associating him with a pro-Soviet, pro-Stalin outlook. Elizabeth Warren’s Indian son-in-law supposedly made a religious movie with ties to the Iranian government. These connections are not made to be subtle, but are left to lead the reader to make their own assumptions, wondering how these decidedly unamerican religious beliefs may be a form of hypocrisy in themselves. Regardless, they are certainly irrelevant to any form of corruption. Surely, many of the claims made by Schweizer are accurate, but there are enough unfounded claims and mere insinuations to lead any discerning reader to want to comb meticulously through the hundreds of endnotes in each chapter to understand where his information is coming from. Many of the instances of corruption are simple associations a politician has with someone else who was indicted for bribery or extortion, which certainly doesn’t look good, but does not constitute a confirmation of guilt in itself. In Schweizer’s presentation, every political favor is some sort of nefarious, illegal dealing, rather than the reality of the political system we have in place in the United States. People work together to get things done, and often those things are mutually beneficial. Other times, there is compromise involved, and most of the time, there is money involved in one way or another (such as more jobs for your district). Lobbying is completely legal, and the Senators who are being lobbied often vote against their principals and in line with the money. It’s an inherently flawed system that certainly could use an overhaul, but accusing Senators who have played by those rules as though they were any more “corrupt” than the next guy is more than a stretch. Everyone wants their politicians to be morally beyond reproach, but there is little doubt most people are aware of the way money flows through politics. Politicians have to raise money, and Schweizer often presents fundraising as a sort of crime in and of itself: any time you take money from someone, and happen to vote for something they would benefit from, you have been bought. Never mind that people often donate to politicians who already share their beliefs. Elizabeth Warren may excoriate bankers in public and play a little nicer in private, but that is because she has to work with them and get them to work with her as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Seats on boards of Fortune 500 companies get traded as favors between powerful people. It’s another part of the system that many agree should be changed, but there is nothing particularly criminal about it. Following the money is an important thing to do to make sure there is nothing illegal happening, but most of the time he provides no evidence one way or another, only offering speculation about what one may be involved in. Particularly troubling is Schweizer’s reckless insinuation that Sherrod Brown played a part in the murder of a woman who worked for him—claiming it was related to “illegal payoffs” during the campaign that she knew about, without evidence to support it, nor any evidence to support some kind of bribe or coverup to keep his name clear. Brown was surely investigated, the police arrested someone else, and that man was found not guilty for lack of evidence. Schweizer presents hearsay as breadcrumbs, leading the reader to a dangerous conclusion without taking responsibility for it. Additionally, many of the “crimes” Schweizer mentions aren’t crimes at all. He talks at length about Warren and her husband’s involvement in “flipping” foreclosed residential properties to turn a profit. This of course is neither illegal nor immoral, and having sympathy for victims of the great recession who lost their homes does not preclude one from engaging in legitimate business activities. There is no requirement if you are progressive to want to be poor, and money from speaking engagements and bestselling books is par for the course when you are a prominent public figure running for president. Where he does hit the mark is highlighting those moments when politicians do exactly the opposite of what they stand for: When Kamala Harris is tough on crime, but neglects to prosecute Catholic sex crimes; when Bernie Sanders campaigned against a massive real estate development in Burlington, and then privately supported that same deal once in office; when Elizabeth Warren represented the massive corporations in court she claimed to be fighting against. It seems the title would be better suited as “Profiles in Hypocrisy: How America’s Lobbying System Needs Reform.” His goal was clearly to paint Democratic presidential candidates in an insidious light, but instead, his exposé comes off more as a criticism of the system as a whole, unintentionally highlighting the rampant nepotism and cronyism that rule the day on both sides of the aisle in Washington. Any person knowledgeable about politics would recognize these corrupt deeds not wholly as illegal back-alley deals (though certainly some are), but rather just the way the system has been for a long time, and the reason so many are calling to “drain the swamp.” Without a doubt, many of the appointments Donald Trump has made as president are to friends and family and members of his Mar-a-Lago club with little relevant experience or qualifications. If the American people think it wrong for a family member to receive financial gain due to a sibling’s position of power, then legislation should certainly be brought forward. Interestingly, a law was passed forbidding family members of those in Congress or the Senate from lobbying for particular causes—a law which forced Hunter Biden to change career paths. There is currently no law on the books forbidding nepotism in the White House. The book as a whole, however, is not without legitimate claims to corruption. It would seem (without further analyzing the vast resources cited in the book) that Cory Booker’s Newark mayoral office was likely involved in kickbacks going back to Booker’s charity, which is certainly illegal, if it is true. Eric Garcetti’s “Tammany Hall” of Los Angeles also reeks of kickbacks and sweetheart deals, despite many of them being technically legal. Of all those mentioned, Biden milked the system for as much as it was worth once he reached the office of Vice President, and both his brother Frank and his son Hunter apparently made entire careers out of just being related to him. Ultimately, any conservative reader will likely find this book a confirmation of what they knew to be true of most progressives, and any strongly liberal reader will decry it as a biased piece of garbage. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Schweizer’s investigative reporting isn’t completely without merit, but he loses much of his credibility when he decides only to focus on Democratic presidential nominees. Surely when he started writing this, he believed Garcetti and Brown were likely to join the largest field of nominees in history as well. Similar to Tucker Carlson’s Ship of Fools, Schweizer mentions a problem that plagues all of Washington, but then spends an entire book addressing only those on the opposite side of the aisle. While Warren, Sanders, and the rest of them may not be pinnacles of morality and perfection, it seems hard to imagine there are not far more corrupt politicians out there doing legitimately illegal things he could have investigated if he were truly interested in rooting out corruption in Washington, rather than just furthering his own political agenda. Hopefully any discerning reader will take this book for what it truly is: a scathing indictment of the system as a whole, and a call for change, transparency, and reform in our lobbying and campaign finance regulations that will hold more politicians to account for their actions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Well written and informative; however , the liberal and progressive movement is not limited to embezzlement and self-gratification but the deterioration of principals and ethics. Unfortunately, the blatant abuse of power is not limited to just one side of the isle. As long as “we the people” continue to give the government more power, they will continue to abuse it. The only answer is to downsize government’s footprint and stop giving them the opportunity. The author addresses this in the end Well written and informative; however , the liberal and progressive movement is not limited to embezzlement and self-gratification but the deterioration of principals and ethics. Unfortunately, the blatant abuse of power is not limited to just one side of the isle. As long as “we the people” continue to give the government more power, they will continue to abuse it. The only answer is to downsize government’s footprint and stop giving them the opportunity. The author addresses this in the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Mcgeorge

    Rather than playing the part of political shill and backseat litigator, Schweizer dispassionately follows the money trails of several prominent politicians. It is worth reading all the way to the acknowledgements, which he ties back to the narrative, and challenges us as citizens to not just exercise our right to vote, but to know what we are voting for.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeff J.

    It appears Peter Schweizer has done the opposition research for the Trump reelection campaign for them. While the egregious misdeeds of Joe Biden and his family have received the most attention, many other “progressive” candidates come under criticism. The work that Elizabeth Sanders and Bernie Sanders have done on behalf of corporations is especially hypocritical. It’s disheartening that so many of these fools believe they are worthy of elective office given the corruption in their past. The bo It appears Peter Schweizer has done the opposition research for the Trump reelection campaign for them. While the egregious misdeeds of Joe Biden and his family have received the most attention, many other “progressive” candidates come under criticism. The work that Elizabeth Sanders and Bernie Sanders have done on behalf of corporations is especially hypocritical. It’s disheartening that so many of these fools believe they are worthy of elective office given the corruption in their past. The book is extremely well-documented, the number of footnotes on each page is almost a distraction, and the extensive endnotes could warrant a volume of their own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I knew this book would make me angry, and it did. I hate the corruption that seems to follow power. I'm not naive enough to think that there is corruption on only one side which makes Trump's outsider position even more appealing. If there were ever a valid argument for term limits, this book is it. I knew this book would make me angry, and it did. I hate the corruption that seems to follow power. I'm not naive enough to think that there is corruption on only one side which makes Trump's outsider position even more appealing. If there were ever a valid argument for term limits, this book is it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Honeybee

    This so so scary that these people are claiming to fight for us=but they only fight for their donors. This is something the media NEEDS To talk about!!!! COrruption is going to be the death of America=come on politicians=police yourselves and fix this CRAP! #Walkaway

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Stoltey

    I didn't read the whole book, but the parts I did read seemed well documented. It's very disturbing, but not terribly surprising. I didn't read the whole book, but the parts I did read seemed well documented. It's very disturbing, but not terribly surprising.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donne Chapman

    Absolutely frightening the amount of corruption in the US government in high ranking officials. Even more frightening is that no one in the government seems to care. Are they all in collusion???

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tony Pursel

    An Eye Opener We think we know politicians from what we hear from main stream media and from how the pols portray themselves. We don’t. Very revealing book. Well worth the read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Schmidt

    Even though Peter Schweizer’s title is reminiscent of Profiles in Courage, the author profiles current politicians who illustrate greed rather than any positive traits. He does this with thorough documentation. Schweizer begins with former Vice President Joe Biden’s use of his office to enhance his family’s wealth. Biden corrupted his office not only by providing his son millions of dollars from China and Ukraine, but also securing both his brothers’ lucrative holdings in foreign countries. Simi Even though Peter Schweizer’s title is reminiscent of Profiles in Courage, the author profiles current politicians who illustrate greed rather than any positive traits. He does this with thorough documentation. Schweizer begins with former Vice President Joe Biden’s use of his office to enhance his family’s wealth. Biden corrupted his office not only by providing his son millions of dollars from China and Ukraine, but also securing both his brothers’ lucrative holdings in foreign countries. Similarly, the author highlights Bernie Sanders’ sly use of his wife as his media-buyer to enhance the family’s coffers. Readers who want to be well-informed voters should use Schweizer’s Profiles in Corruption as a source.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Follow the money. Disgusting. Fabulous research to the precise personal histories. Bank accounts, power plays (pay to play at the 1000 player levels), duplicity of "honor" and character fully exposed. Corrupt to their toenails. And never, ever more apt to negate or despise the "chumps", clingers and deplorables while they smile to their faces. Excellent quality work. Nearly the opposite of what is considered any form of journalism for the last 10 years in the USA. Which it is not at all- because t Follow the money. Disgusting. Fabulous research to the precise personal histories. Bank accounts, power plays (pay to play at the 1000 player levels), duplicity of "honor" and character fully exposed. Corrupt to their toenails. And never, ever more apt to negate or despise the "chumps", clingers and deplorables while they smile to their faces. Excellent quality work. Nearly the opposite of what is considered any form of journalism for the last 10 years in the USA. Which it is not at all- because the entire basis of journalist truth has mostly vanished into a political activist elite "job". You cannot name it journalism at all, what they do. This is journalism. Who, what, where, when, why.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Keating

    What a depressing book. Well researched, it exposes the ways in which seemingly all of our prominent politicians including those running for President, hide massive political contributions and then use that money to help out friends and relatives and contributors. Looks at Biden, Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Bernie, and many others. The one I knew least about and one of the most corrupt is Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles. You just have to read it and see if you still respect anyone in politics. If an What a depressing book. Well researched, it exposes the ways in which seemingly all of our prominent politicians including those running for President, hide massive political contributions and then use that money to help out friends and relatives and contributors. Looks at Biden, Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Bernie, and many others. The one I knew least about and one of the most corrupt is Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles. You just have to read it and see if you still respect anyone in politics. If anyone would ever investigate and then make sure that convictions are enforced (and not later expunged), things might get better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy McBride

    As with all the Peter Schweizer books I've read, this one is chock full of footnotes and factual references. It's a scathing indictment of those current liberal/progressives who claim to have such high ideals and morals, yet don't live by them in their own lives. This is certainly required reading for all those who want to make an informed choice come November 2020. A stunning addition to the history books of this time in our history, for those authors/publishers who have the strength of charact As with all the Peter Schweizer books I've read, this one is chock full of footnotes and factual references. It's a scathing indictment of those current liberal/progressives who claim to have such high ideals and morals, yet don't live by them in their own lives. This is certainly required reading for all those who want to make an informed choice come November 2020. A stunning addition to the history books of this time in our history, for those authors/publishers who have the strength of character to write the truth, even when it hurts or embarrasses.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Drtaxsacto

    Peter Schweizer is a muckraker but unlike the his predecessors his approach is toward "progressives". In this book he profiles Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Eric Garcetti, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klocubar. In each he develops a narrative on their misdoings. Most start with a determined effort by each to inflate their accomplishments and to reward friends. In some cases like Biden, the close associates are family; almost like a caudillo and his minions. We Peter Schweizer is a muckraker but unlike the his predecessors his approach is toward "progressives". In this book he profiles Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Eric Garcetti, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klocubar. In each he develops a narrative on their misdoings. Most start with a determined effort by each to inflate their accomplishments and to reward friends. In some cases like Biden, the close associates are family; almost like a caudillo and his minions. We know a lot about Hunter Biden from other sources but that is not where the story ends. We know about Warren's selective use of history, and her frequent use of embellishments to inflate her background - but Schweizer offers some interesting details about other less well known claims and actions including some questionable legal work. We know something about Garcetti's use of Behest contributions - dollars by supporters, outside contribution limits, which grant access and favors. The pervasive and increasing use of these "enterprises" undermines the integrity of our system. We know that the democrats are unbelievably linked to the trial lawyers but the ties of Sherrod Brown are particularly galling. We know that Cory Booker's grandstanding does not cover up his real record in Newark. And we know something about politician's efforts to present ideological sleights of hand but Klocubar's are monumental. The Sanders issues are particularly galling from my perspective. Senator Sanders is fundamentally a fraud. He has never held a job outside of government and in each position he has held he has manipulated it to his advantage - from using his family for media buys, to the absolute fraud his wife did on Burlington College, to the very stinky book deals - all reek. Every politician has some questionable activities in their background. And from my perspective, not being sympathetic to any of the profiled politicians in the book, Schweizer adds to my current concerns for the political system. But I came away from this book with two conclusions. First, in some cases, what Schweizer calls "corruption" I find less convincing. But second, I suspect that many of these malfeasances would be less common (all are troubling) if the size and scope of government were less monumental. This book is both entertaining and informative. I am sure one could pick out a half dozen conservatives and find similar problems and issues. But none of these pictures makes me any less skeptical of the over-reach of our current political activities.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I always enjoy Peter Schweizer’s books because his research is impeccable and he always includes of documentation (90 pages in this book) of his sources. I learn so much about how politicians game the system with each book and why Washington DC is truly a swamp. This book focuses on the candidates running for the Democrat nomination for president although Schweizer is very candid that corruption occurs across the entire political spectrum. From the book: “This book focuses on progressive politici I always enjoy Peter Schweizer’s books because his research is impeccable and he always includes of documentation (90 pages in this book) of his sources. I learn so much about how politicians game the system with each book and why Washington DC is truly a swamp. This book focuses on the candidates running for the Democrat nomination for president although Schweizer is very candid that corruption occurs across the entire political spectrum. From the book: “This book focuses on progressive politicians – not because they alone are vulnerable to corruption – far from it. Clearly, the abuse of political power is a human problem across the full spectrum of political beliefs. But I focus on progressive here because they are unique in one respect from all others on the contemporary political scene: they all favor the rapid and radical expansion of federal political power in the United States. Whether their goal is to pursue an abstract idea such as economic equality, transform the health care system, or use the judicial system to right social wrongs, progressives are unique in asking citizens to trust government officials with even more power than they currently possess. In short, progressives are asking us to give them more leverage over our lives. Their policy ideas would dramatically increase power inequality in America between the political class and the rest of America. “ If you want to understand how political corruption in Washington happens on a daily basis, you will enjoy reading this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Edmonds cerullo

    Well-researched and heavily cited account of eight politicians commonly referred to as "progressive" who are really just dishonest and corrupt individuals who view the American populace as fools who believe the lies they spew. Covered in this book are: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and two people I had little knowledge of: Sherrod Brown and Eric Garcetti. In reading this book (and it contains some really astonishing information), it occurr Well-researched and heavily cited account of eight politicians commonly referred to as "progressive" who are really just dishonest and corrupt individuals who view the American populace as fools who believe the lies they spew. Covered in this book are: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and two people I had little knowledge of: Sherrod Brown and Eric Garcetti. In reading this book (and it contains some really astonishing information), it occurred to me that (1) either people don't do their research on people they might potentially cast a vote for; and (2) it is so important to people to be given things from the government that they don't care who is doling it out. A warning for America: if any of these individuals rise to the presidency, this country will never be the same. Every single one of these people (and so many others like them) leave a bad taste in my mouth and leave me deeply disturbed at how far down we have fallen as a nation that they would even be possible candidates for the presidency.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Melnyk

    Another excellent book by Peter Schweizer dealing with corruption in politics in the vein of "Clinton Cash" and "Secret Empires." These people use their power to enrich themselves, their family, and their friends. Some of what they do is illegal, other activities while not necessarily illegal are morally and ethically corrupt. I wonder how these people sleep at night. This book focuses on a number of left wing politicians, but to be fair, I am sure the same thing happens with conservative politi Another excellent book by Peter Schweizer dealing with corruption in politics in the vein of "Clinton Cash" and "Secret Empires." These people use their power to enrich themselves, their family, and their friends. Some of what they do is illegal, other activities while not necessarily illegal are morally and ethically corrupt. I wonder how these people sleep at night. This book focuses on a number of left wing politicians, but to be fair, I am sure the same thing happens with conservative politicians as well. However, I think the problem is more prevalent on the left than the right since it is those on the left that are fighting for bigger and more expansive government, which would give them more power and lead towards more abuse and corruption.

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