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Center to Present Program on Political Extortion March 19

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Posted: Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

Saint Vincent College and its Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government’sCenter for Political and Economic Thought will present a lecture by Peter Schweizer, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. His talk is titled, “Political Extortion.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Schweizer is the William J. Casey Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

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.

He served from 2008-2009 as a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also been 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 most recent book is Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. He has also written 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, which was the subject of a feature on CBS’ 60 Minutes and Newsweek. Schweizer’s other non-fiction books include Reagan’s War, Architects of Ruin, Victory, Do As I Say (Not As I Do), and Makers and Takers. He is the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty. His books have been translated into 11 languages and include several New York Times or Washington Post bestsellers. His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement, The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy, and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War. He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties. 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.

Schweizer received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his bachelor of arts degree from George Washington University.

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The Center for Political and Economic Thought is an interdisciplinary public affairs institution of Saint Vincent College. It sponsors research and education programs, primarily in the fields of politics, economics and moral-cultural affairs. The Center seeks to advance scholarship on philosophical and policy concerns related to freedom and Western civilization with particular regard to the American experience. The Center was founded in 1991 as an outgrowth of the Alex G. McKenna Economic Education Series, which was launched in 1986.

The Center’s programs include: The Alex G. McKenna Economic Education Series, the Government and Political Education Series, the Civitas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life, Culture and Policy Conferences and Scholarships and Fellowships. In addition, the Center supports research and educational activities through its staff and it produces numerous publications.

For more information, contact the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College by writing to marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu.

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Photo: Peter Schweizer

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