Shakedowns through history
If you want to see a real shakedown, unlike our latter-day President Hoover's painless extraction of $20 billion in petty cash from BP, check this out.
As the poster remarks:
So there’s getting the money and there’s getting it out to where it can do some good. Hoover was aggressive about the former and lackluster at the latter. Let’s see what happens with the current efforts.
I think I already know. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ...