Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Reviews

 

The Week

Ralph Nader's 6 favorite books

Amazing are the ways some people have to steal votes, block voters, cover up the tracks. Even as the Electoral College allows a few states to swing the results in our presidential elections, these travesties go uninvestigated and unprosecuted.
Read the full review

 

Huffington Post Books

The Most Terrifying Book a Democrat Could Read
By Don C. Reed

Billionaires and Ballot Bandits delineates the potential theft of democracy.

For me, as a Democrat, it was terrifying.

Page 18: In the 2008 elections, according to the author, "5,901,814 legitimate votes" were tossed out. If Palast's contention is true, Obama may be in office only because he won by a landslide.

This year could be much worse. Since 2010, many Republican-controlled states have passed new laws making it far more difficult to vote.
Read the full review

 

OurFuture.org

A Plutocrat Epiphany: All Votes Need Not Count
By Sam Pizzigati

America's billionaires have realized they really don't have to bother convincing a majority of people to vote their way. They can put their cash instead into campaigns to keep the hard-to-convince from voting.

“To win an election, you need votes,” Palast explains in Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 7 Easy Steps. “Or, just as good, you need to take away the votes of your opponent.”

This getting votes to disappear takes money. Notes Palast: “Purging and blocking voters on a grand scale — thousands and millions of registrations and ballots — isn’t checkers. It’s complex and very, very expensive.”
Read the full review

 

ZNet

Big Donors and Ballot Bandits Hang Over Election
By Roger Bybee

Billionaires & Ballot Bandits — as BBC reporter Greg Palast entitles his new book (see excerpt on "Seven Ways to Beat Ballot Bandits") — represent two giant swords hanging over democracy in the 2012 election.

As Palast shows, a collection of rightist billionaires are busy flooding the campaign war chests of conservative candidates from Mitt Romney on down, threatening to drown democracy in a torrent of corporate money unleashed by the US Supreme Court’s broadly unpopular 2010 Citizens United decision. (Even before the decision, the dominance of corporate influence in government was suggested by the 15-1 ratio of corporate to labor spending in federal elections in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics figures.)
Read the full review

 

San Diego Free Press

Book Review: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
By Dave Rice

Ten elderly nuns get kicked out of an Indiana polling station for not having driver’s licenses or other state ID.

Electronic voting machines in Georgia report massive malfunctions – but only in Democratic-leaning low income districts, where the hot, humid conditions of polling stations aren’t conducive to electronics.
Read the full review

 

Green Left

Essential guide to the US election
By Matt Ward

If you really want to understand the forthcoming US presidential election, read this book.

Former corporate fraud investigator Greg Palast previously showed how the 2000 US election was rigged through "purging" black voters off the electoral rolls. He showed how the 2004 election was rigged the same way. In 2008, the same thing happened again, yet Barack Obama still managed enough votes to get in.
Read the full review

 

Publisher's Weekly

Greg Palast, Seven Stories Take Aim at 'Election Bandits' in New Book
By Calvin Reid

Using a comical, pugnacious prose style that combines the best of Jimmy Breslin and Mickey Spillane, acclaimed investigative reporter Greg Palast, author of the bestselling The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, takes on the big money interests financing—and in his view stealing—the American presidential election in his new book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Ways, a book that is part political expose and part grassroots political uprising.
Read the full review

 

TheRecord.com

Books in brief: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
By Alex Good

One reads the reporting of U.S. investigative journalist Greg Palast with mouth hanging open, unable to believe that mainstream news services aren’t reporting on the kinds of skulduggery he regularly digs up.
Read the full review

 

Humor Times

Book Review: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
By James Israel

If you’re not familiar with Greg Palast, you should be. The author of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps is one of the very, very few real investigative reporters still muckraking (to seek out and expose scandal) in America today.

It is a sad commentary on our so-called “Fourth Estate,” the American press, that authentic investigative reporting is rarely done anymore.
Read the full review

 

VT Digger

Greg Palast explains how the 2012 elections could be stolen
By Greg Guma

If you get the impression from recent press reports that Mitt Romney is on the ropes, think again. Despite what the polls and pundits suggest, his campaign for president still has a battery of secret weapons that may yet provide the margin of victory he needs.
Read the full review

 

Pasadena Weekly

Muckraker Greg Palast explains how the ballot you cast might not count
By Kevin Uhrich

If you get the impression from recent press reports that Mitt Romney is on the ropes, think again. Despite what the polls and pundits suggest, his campaign for president still has a battery of secret weapons that may yet provide the margin of victory he needs.
Read the full review