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Check Peter in the News

While you can look for the book on your bookseller’s shelves on Tuesday the 15th, or purchase in advance online via the “Book Buying” tab at, you can tune to CBS on Sunday for 60 Minutes for a feature on Peter, the book and its subject matter. Additionally, check news stands on Monday the 14th for Newsweek, where there will be a related cover story. Enjoy!

15 Responses to “Check Peter in the News”

  1. Andrea Allan November 14, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Thank you, Peter for sharing your research with 60 Minutes. Excellent work you’ve done. I’ve Bookmarked your page to see what else you do. I normally don’t like to read but I’m seriously thinking to read your book.
    All the best.

    • Peter November 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

      Andrea, thanks so much. check out newsweek this week. they have an excerpt and a big article that goes into further details.

  2. Beth Waller November 14, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    I thought you were fantastic on 60 Minutes last night. I want to start an internet petition to push for change within our government and insider trading. But, I need help with wording it properly and I thought that since you are an expert on the subject that may be you could help me. You have my email. -BW

    • Peter November 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      beth, thanks. we need to hold them into account. I think what we need to do is dig, dig, dig. Look at your elected officials and research these steps, all of which are available online. 1. what committees do they sit on. 2. do they trade stocks in those same areas, i.e. do they sit on the senate banking committee and buy and trade bank stocks. 3. Look at the timing of those trades to see how it relates to legislation and other activities. That’s how the SEC does it for the rest of us.

  3. Andrew Harbert November 14, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Hello Peter,

    Was the 60 Minutes cherry picking your book to make it look like congressional insider trading was mostly a GOP scandal? Do you think, based on what your book actually concludes, that the 60 Minutes piece was biased towards making Republicans look worse than their Democratic counterparts?

    • Peter November 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      I can’t speak for 60 Minutes. They received a copy of the book six months ago and decided which cases they wanted to pursue. I will also say that they stood firm on the Pelosi story even though her office was aggressively attacking me. Check out my book and you will see lots of people from both parties.

      • Andrew Harbert November 15, 2011 at 7:13 am #

        Thanks for the insight! I pre-ordered the digital version just waiting for it to be released.

      • Andrew Harbert November 15, 2011 at 7:17 am #


        Aside from the way your book and research was presented what is your opinion/view on the perceived bias of the main stream media. Do you think Bernie Goldberg’s view has merit?



  4. Rantburger November 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm #


    This is heroic work. Kudos to you and your research team.

    Look forward to understanding with specificity exactly how this conduct escapes the criminality associated with similar actions of private citizens. Tough to swallow. How are they getting around the Act and the related Regs?

    Bigger Question: Have you conferred with appropriate members of Stanford Law faculty to explore alternate theories of criminal liability. Hard to believe that abuse of one’s office can be used as shield to criminal liability when the very same abuse is the instrumentality of the apparent ill gotten gain.

    Again, Kudos. Well done. A genuine service.



  5. Panayiotis November 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I don’t care if the politicians involved are Republicans or Democrats they are all hypocrites and should be put in jail just like the Rajaratnams of the world. They should stop telling us they are here to serve the “American people” given the fact they are not part of that group. They seem to have all the priviledges in the world whether it’s better healthcare coverage or a free pass to profit on inside information. Contintue to push the issue before it gets burried and forgotten.

  6. Jeremy November 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm #


    I wanted to commend you on your new book and 60 Minutes piece about insider trading by members of Congress.

    I’m a researcher for, a nonpartisan educational organization in Santa Monica that provides in-depth pro and con research on 40+ controversial issues to the public at no charge. One of our topics is “Should insider trading by Congress be allowed?” ( We researched and solicited information from 103 top experts to create this public resource, and much of it may be useful to your readers to better understand the complex issue of congressional insider trading that 60 Minutes touched on.

    Bruce Carton, former SEC prosecutor and current editor of Securities Docket, said about our website: “I think it is safe to say you have the most comprehensive source of information on the issue of insider trading by Congress in the world.”

    Here are some specific resources that your readers may find especially helpful:

    1. US Congressional Ethics Rules on Insider Trading

    2. Top 10 Richest US Senators’ Top Stock Trades in 2007 and Potential Conflicts of Interest

    3. History of Insider Trading, 1611-2011, with an Emphasis on Congressional Insider Trading

    4. Potential Congressional Insider Trading during 2008 Bank Bailout

    5. Should insider trading by Congress be allowed?

    Please note the multiple pro/con questions on this page; each listed question has its own set of expert responses

    We’d be grateful for any mentions, links, or other referrals to that you could provide. Please call (310-587-1407) or email ( if I can be of assistance.

    Thanks again for all your helpful reporting.

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  7. Kate November 15, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Bravo, great work but I must ask, now what?
    Cronyism is rampant, we are hemorrhaging at the hands of our representatives and we have no timely recourse. We need the foxes in the hen house lay the eggs of reform. I don’t see that coming to pass.
    Our lives are bombarded daily with more unethical, immoral and illegal acts by the Government and their Representatives.
    I’m going to read your book,
    As a passionate patriot of the republic, I want to proud to be an American again.
    Thank you!
    Kate Glenn

  8. John November 15, 2011 at 6:04 am #


    Wow! I missed the 60 minutes story but just read Thiessen’s opinion piece on your work. KUDOS! Your work is so needed. As a taxpayer and a patriotic American I cannot thank you enough. Hopefully others will pick up the torch and begin picking apart both parties of corrupters.


  9. James A. Dunlap November 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Peter, I sent the following email to Representative Bill Flores(TX): “Thank you for your response on the NLRB vs Boeing and the citizens of South Carolina matter. Like you, I always appreciate hearing from the people that represent me in our “wonderful congress”. Unfortunately for this great country, the present system of governance no longer works for the people it was designed to serve. It works for the Permanent Political Class(as Peter Schweizer decribes congress in his recent book, Throw Them All Out) It is now patently obvious that congresspeople, individually and collectively, have as he states in his book, “immense formal and informal power that are both blunt and subtle”. Washington DC is totally out of control and is representative of the most corrupt and extensive moral turptitude in the history of our nation. While Peter Schweizer’s revelations of croney capitalism and politicians feathering their own nests at the expense of ordinary tax paying citizens make you sick to your stomach, I believe it is only the tip of the iceberg and like him I hope it results in the Mother of all congressional investigations. But what are the chances of that happening? Slim and none….I am afraid that the Boys and Girls club members are going to circle the wagons and protect their shares in the gold mine that they currrently enjoy….

  10. Larry Hedrick December 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    For me reading “Do as I Say” was just confirmation. Nothing really new. While those profiled in the book are hardly worth comment, the book does reveal a very disturbing issue. Who are the people supporting these impostors? I can hardly fault Michael Moore for lining his pockets any more the Roger Smith but, who finds Mr. Moore to be a representative of “truth justice and the American way”.

    I too have had an email discussion with Noam Chomsky. It would seam that ideology is always trumped by person comfort. While the late Howard Zinn may have been less then pillar of integrity, his books do state many historical facts which must be judged independently of him being a socialist. After all why should Zinn or Chomsky be expected to live the life of a serf in North Korea when they can sell a few books to some stooges and kick back. I doubt our founders were much different. Remember those founders who only wanted land owners to have voting rights.

    It would seem that life is winner take all and those who choose the “collective bargain” representation of Nancy Pelosi or Jimmy Hoffa will ultimately get less then they might if they learned to represent themselves.

    What really needs to be done is to escort both parties to the curb. I wonder how long it would take for the new ruling party to line their pockets. People just seem to love royalty no matter how corrupt they are.

    Nancy Pelosi and the Kennedys are laughing all the way to the bank, the bank which has no union workers.

    Larry Hedrick
    Park City UT

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