House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) spokesperson Brendan Buck has issued an unsubstantiated statement to the National Journal attacking the character and credibility of Breitbart News Senior Editor-At-Large and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer.
This week, Schweizer, who is the William J. Casey Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, released his new investigative book, Extortion. Schweizer’s corruption exposé, backed by GAI’s professional research staff, was featured Sunday night on 60 Minutes with veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and has received glowing praise across the political pantheon from everyone from Schweizer’s former boss, former Gov. Sarah Palin, to the editorial board of the New York Times. Sean Hannity says the book is “excellent” and highlighted its “600 footnotes.”
Schweizer’s last New York Times bestseller, Throw Them All Out, exposed insider trading by members of Congress and prompted an ethics investigation into curiously-timed trades by now-retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL). Bachus subsequently stepped down from his chairmanship of the Financial Services Committee. Schweizer’s book also prompted passage of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act. As Slate put it, Schweizer published “the book that started the STOCK Act stampede.” The late Andrew Breitbart was the first to call for Bachus’s resignation. Bachus was the only member of Congress Breitbart ever called on to resign.
In reference to Schweizer’s new book’s revelations involving Speaker John Boehner’s “toll booth” donation extraction scheme, Boehner’s spokesman Brendan Buck said this:
The idea that floor votes are scheduled based on campaign contributions is absurd. This ‘expert’ is utterly clueless about the legislative process and guilty of pathetically sloppy research. For starters, the short period of time these bills saw between committee action and floor consideration – less than a week in one instance – could not possibly be called a ‘delay.’ This ‘expert’ did not even bother to contact our office. If he had, we would have been happy to explain the facts. He should probably read ‘Congress for Dummies’ before he starts making bogus and salacious claims to sell books.
Forthcoming Breitbart News investigative reports will reveal the grievously erroneous nature of Buck’s statement.