How a bill becomes ... a cowon December 12, 2013 @ 5:59 am (Updated: 6:21 am - 12/12/13 )
"What we define as legal or illegal behavior when it comes to political fundraising is determined by Congress and they're very happy with this approach," explains Schweizer.
So none of this is the least bit illegal. But, for example, you'll see members introduce what he calls "milker bills" - bills that are used as cows.
"A milker bill is a bill designed to scare the daylight out of a company or an industry where they will pay attention to you, the politician, and they will come to you with offers of campaign contributions and lobbying contracts for family members and friends in the hopes of making the bill go away," says Schweizer.
Why do corporate CEOS go along with this? Because they have no choice.
"Former corporate executives who have retired don't have anything to lose really do, did, resent this process," he says. "But it's going to take real strength on the part of the corporate side because, again, it's a marketplace. The sellers who influence the politicians are going to do whatever they can to create conditions to sell and if they can force people to buy - that marketplace is going to continue."
Peter Schweizer, author of "Extortion."
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