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After Hillary Clinton book, author will feel new heat from Jeb Bush expose

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Political author Peter Schweizer is already feeling the heat over his much-anticipated book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

The New York Times called Clinton Cash the most “feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.”

Schweizer is now becoming a target of the Clinton team and associated progressive groups, which have already geared up by labeling him “disreputable” with a partisan bias.

Like a pendulum, though, Schweizer’s fortunes will swing – soon to feel even more heat from the other side.

After writing one well-received book about the Bush dynasty, Schweizer followed it up with another focusing on insider trading in Congress, which led to the bipartisan STOCK Act of 2012.

However, what will really put Schweizer in the GOP sights is his next work: an examination of Jeb Bush’s finances expected this summer.

Schweizer tells Joshua Green of Bloomberg Politics that his latest effort is a “drill-down investigation of Jeb’s finances similar to what we did with the Clintons … financial dealings, cronyism, who he’s been involved with.

“We’ve found some interesting things,” he added.

Joined by a team of researchers, Schweizer spent four months scouring Bush’s financial life. Included are a range of Florida land agreements, an airport deal involving public money during Bush’s time as governor and the Chinese investors in the wake of Bush’s dip into private equity.

Schweizer bristles at the allegation that news organizations paid for an early preview of his Clinton book. “There was absolutely no money that changed hands,” he says to Green. “It’s ridiculous to suggest so.”

Clinton Cash hits bookstores on May 5, giving the public a chance to make their own judgment. Soon, he expects to be fending off attacks from both sides — the Clintonistas and Bushies.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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