New Book Details How Elected Officials in D.C. Get Rich

Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends, is a new book detailing how elected officials in D.C. profit from their office.

Author Peter Schweizer cites several cases in the book, including the activities of Senator Mitch Mcconell and former Vice President Joe Biden. He says McConnell received between 5 and 25 million dollars from the China State Ship Building Corporation, a military builder.

“If you chart his position on Chinese policy, whether it’s military or trade, he’s gotten progressively soft on China over the last 20 years, which is precisely what the Chinese government wants.”

Schweizer says in December of 2013, Joe Biden and his son Hunter traveled to China.

“10 days after he and his son returned from China, his som Hunter scores a one billion dollar private equity deal from the Chinese government.”

Schweizer says, Republicans and Democrats have to call out their elected officials who engage in this activity because he says while they cover their tracks, it’s unethical behavior.