The Department of Justice chooses what companies and individuals to prosecute based on their allegiance to President Barack Obama, says Peter Schweizer, author of "Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets."
"The Department of Justice has selectively been going after some and not after others and we're talking here about potentially facing criminal charges and jail time on very, very obscure or nebulous laws like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act where you can charge anybody with anything," Schweizer told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"They literally are targeting President Obama's political opponents. It's really the same kind of thing. If you pay up, you'll be fine. If you donated to the Obama campaign or you now donate to Obama political organizations, you'll be fine.
"If you don't, the proverbial brick is going to be thrown through your windshield and the consequences are going to be bigger than just having your car windshield broken."
He cites the Department of Justice's scrutiny of JPMorgan Chase over its mortgage lending practices, which are reportedly resulting in a substantial fine the bank is negotiating to pay.
Schweizer, a William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, also claims political parties force lawmakers to cough up huge donations in order to serve on key committees.
"The party says if you want to be on the House Ways and Means Committee, you've got to give them, say, $400,000 … You have to raise it," he said.
"The members of Congress, of course, they don't want to go back to their constituents. So who do they go to? They go to the lobbyists, the people that they're going to be regulating and dealing with to raise that money. And if you don't come up with the money, they will boot you off of a committee.
"You could be a medical doctor, it makes sense you're on a health committee. If you don't pony up the cash, they're going to put you on a less powerful, less important committee."
Schweizer said party power brokers like Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "have really made their reputations as people who can raise a lot of cash.
"Some of that cash comes because people just support their ideas. A lot of it comes because industries are scared and feel they have to play ball."
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