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Heartland Author Series: Peter Schweizer

516 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
February 01, 2012, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Learn how politicians and their friends get rich off insider stock tips, land deals, and cronyism that would send
the rest of us to prison.

In Throw Them All Out, which was recently featured on 60 Minutes, you’ll discover:
  • How members of Congress aggressively traded stocks during the Obama health care reform debate and profited from inside information
  • How Nancy Pelosi prevented a vote for two years on legislation that affected a company in which she had received lucrative IPO shares and held millions in stock
  • How ten members of Obama’s 2008 National Finance Committee, along with another dozen campaign-fund bundlers received Solyndra-like sweetheart loans
  • How Senator John Kerry used his position on the Senate Finance Committee to avoid stock losses
  • How John Boehner bought shares in five health insurance companies just as he killed the “public option” on health care
  • How Rahm Emanuel, when he was a congressman, showed nearly perfect timing by selling his stock in a company that his committee had oversight of and avoiding huge losses
  • How more than a dozen politicians used information gleaned from private briefings with the Treasury secretary and the Federal Reserve chairman during the 2008 financial crisis and avoided huge losses
  • How Congressman Spencer Bachus aggressively traded stock options and shorted the market during the 2008 financial crisis, making large sums of money — all thanks to private briefings from the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve
  • How Congress members made big profits on biotech stocks with their inside knowledge of critical legislation
  • How a powerful congressman tripled his money by investing in a small Canadian biotech firm, thanks to federal legislation he supported
  • How Warren Buffett helped set up the financial bailout in 2009 while aggressively buying millions of shares in bank stocks that would benefit from his plan
  • Why hedge funds with politically active investors do much better than funds with no such political connections



About Peter Schweizer

Peter SchweizerPeter Schweizer is the William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a best-selling author. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Oval Office Writers which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures.

From 2008-9 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.

His books have been translated into eleven languages and include severalNew York Times or Washington Post bestsellers.

His most recent book is Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). It was the subject of a feature on CBS’ 60 Minutes and Newsweek.

His other non-fiction books include Reagan’s War (Doubleday, 2002), which the Washington Post praised as “A fascinating, well-written, useful and important look at one of the three or four most important American political leaders of the 20th century. No serious assessment of the 40thpresident of the United States can ignore the central importance of anti-communism in his career; after Schweizer none will.”  The Los Angeles Times called it “A rousing and compelling case that Reagan’s personal and political odyssey…was central to bringing down the ‘evil empire.” He is also the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004), which the New York Times called “Fascinating…Provides illuminating insights into the internal dynamics of the Bush family dynasty.” The New York Post declared “If you want to know as fully as can be told the story of how the Bushes rose from Midwestern obscurity to equal the records of families like the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, and the Adamses—this is the book.”

Other non-fiction works include Architects of Ruin (Harper, 2009) Victory(Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994) Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday, 2005) and Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008).

His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006) The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Fall Of The Wall:  Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War (Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2008)

His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.

Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.


Watch the 60 Minutes story about Peter and his blockbuster book!