Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics
By 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 open air investment from superPACs―nearly 37 instances greater than simply twenty years earlier.
All that cash 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 get together, its applicants, and its factors over a fifteen-year profession. bound to bring up the eyebrows of each person from traditional voters to voters 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 method to an end―helping Democrats win. Lewis' strategies aren't for the faint of center. alongside the way in which, he launders $40,000 from an (allegedly) murdered on line casino tycoon, smuggles marijuana, and passes an Elvis impersonator off as invoice Clinton! yet he turns into more and more conflicted as he keeps to promote entry to politicians in alternate for ever-larger assessments and a lack of keep watch over over the party's priorities. Lewis finally rises to his party's most sensible fundraising put up on the Democratic nationwide Committee, and makes an attempt to redeem himself by way of waging an eventually 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 quite the quantity 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 celebration, who offered out―not to company or lobbying pursuits, yet to a truly few liberal filthy rich elites.