Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics

Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics

Lindsay Mark Lewis, Jim Arkedis


When invoice Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992, their campaigns spent a complete of $192 million―combined! In 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent over $7 billion, together with outdoors investment from superPACs―nearly 37 occasions greater than simply two decades earlier.

All that money did not seem out of skinny air. In Political Mercenaries, Lindsay Mark Lewis tells the outrageous story of the fledgling days of fundraising and the way he raised over $200 million for the Democratic occasion, its applicants, and its factors over a fifteen-year profession. certain to bring up the eyebrows of every body from usual electorate to electorate United, he pulls again the veil of secrecy that has shrouded the relationships among politicians and their monetary backers during this thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud insider account.

The outrageous Lewis begins as a wide-eyed 22-year-old who thinks elevating political cash is a way to an end―helping Democrats win. Lewis' strategies are usually not for the faint of middle. alongside the best way, he launders $40,000 from an (allegedly) murdered on line casino magnate, smuggles marijuana, and passes an Elvis impersonator off as invoice Clinton! yet he turns into more and more conflicted as he maintains to promote entry to politicians in trade for ever-larger assessments and a lack of keep an eye on over the party's priorities. Lewis finally rises to his party's best fundraising submit on the Democratic nationwide Committee, and makes an attempt to redeem himself by means of waging an finally wasting conflict opposed to the party's elite billionaire donors, who strength him out.

Contrary to traditional knowledge, Lewis and co-author Jim Arkedis finish that the true harm is not the uncooked amount of cash spent on elections, yet relatively the volume of time politicians spend elevating it. it is time they need to spend governing. And Lewis lays a lot of that blame on the toes of the Democratic social gathering, who offered out―not to company or lobbying pursuits, yet to a truly few liberal filthy rich elites.

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