Lobbyist, White House Lawyer, and Senate Aide
on the Power of America’s Plutocracy
to Avoid Prosecution and Subvert Financial Reform
THE PAYOFF examines a culture of power elites in our nation’s capital that is slouching toward plutocracy, an alarming tale of reformers with the best of intentions running headlong into institutional failure and influence-peddling politics. It’s the story of a twenty-month struggle to hold Wall Street executives accountable for securities fraud, to stop stock manipulation by high-frequency traders, and to break up too-big-to-fail megabanks.
In this book, we experience a US senator’s vigorous crusade – side-by-side with his most trusted advisor – against Wall Street’s irresponsible risk-taking that destabilized the American economy.