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  • Palast Report for Democracy Now!:
    By Rejecting Recount, Is Michigan Covering up 75,000 Ballots Never Counted?

    Officially, Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes. But a record 75,335 votes were never counted. Most of these votes that went missing were in Detroit and Flint.

    How do you disappear 75,335 votes? I flew to Michigan to investigate.


    Support the 2016 Stolen Election Investigation
    After investigating the REAL story of the recount, we stopped by the Department of Justice yesterday and handed them our Crosscheck petition, signed by 50,000 people. We have a lot more work to do and thankfully, our efforts are starting to get notice. We're not done...

    Join us by
    Supporting the Stolen Election Investigation

    Thousands of bubbles filled in next to the candidate's name couldn’t be read by the optical scanning machines in Michigan and Wisconsin but a much better machine, the (Show me more...)

    Crosscheck Is Not Just Crooked,
    It’s Criminal

    After reading my report on the Kobach/Koch/Trump operation, which has removed tens of thousands of minority voters from the rolls in the swing states that surprisingly shifted to Trump, former federal judge (and now Congressman) Alcee Hastings told me Crosscheck is a criminal violation of federal law. Hastings has called for criminal indictments and written an official Congressional member letter to ask for investigation.


    Hastings’ demand for justice is backed by a petition to expose and end Crosscheck’s racist attacks on voting rights. So far it's been signed by 50,000 people, including 29,507 members of 18 Million Risingthe Asian-American rights group. The group is joined by co-signers Rep. Keith Ellison, Bill Gallegos of Climate Justice, Martin Luther King III and others.

    On Tuesday, December 13 I will join the leaders of 18 Million rising in Washington, D.C. to present the petition to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    Stopping Crosscheck is the Standing Rock of racist vote suppression.  If we don’t open the investigations now, by January 21, Kris Kobach will be Homeland Security chief and Jeff Sessions Attorney General.

    Demand an investigation into Crosscheck, sign our petition — and then share it! (Show me more...)

    The No-BS Inside Guide to
    the Presidential Recount
    Sorry, no Russian hacker hunt

    by Greg Palast for Truthout

    There's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am.


    Nope, they’re not hunting for Russian hackers

    To begin with, the main work of the recount hasn't a damn thing to do with finding out if the software programs for the voting machines have been hacked, whether by Putin’s agents or some guy in a cave flipping your vote from Hillary to The Donald.

    The Green team does not yet even have the right to get into the codes. But that's just not the core of the work.

    The ballots in the electoral “dumpster”

    The nasty little secret of US elections, is that we don't count all the votes.

    In Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—and all over America—there were a massive number of votes that were simply (Show me more...)

    Exclusive: Jill Stein just called…
    Green Party filing for recount
    in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

    by Greg Palast

    UPDATE: In Michigan and North Carolina the wipe-out of Black, Hispanic and young voters was massive - especially under Crosscheck. Watch my latest segment on MSNBC's AM Joy, this Saturday morning on how the election was rigged - long before the vote even happened.

    Jill Stein just called to say that I am the first one to be informed that the Green Party is formally petitioning for a recount in 3 states, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

    Trump’s margin is less than 11,600 in Michigan, 27,200 in Wisconsin and 68,000 in Pennsylvania.

    Support the 2016 Stolen Election Investigation

    If just a few thousand votes are found in Wisconsin and Michigan, (Show me more...)

    Here’s what we do now
    A personal note by Greg Palast

    Being right never felt so horrid.

    “This is the story of the theft of the 2016 election.
    It’s a crime still in progress.”

    So opens my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
    And on Election night I waited for the returns to make a fool of me.

    Instead, the returns made the fool a President.

    And so, my vacation’s cancelled. My life’s cancelled; that is, a life of anything but sleuthing and exposing the details of the heist of our democracy.

    What’s at stake?
    No way around it, this is one frightening moment.

    Decades of progress created with sweat and determination face destruction.  Within the next six months, we may see the Voting Rights Act repealed—and civil rights set back 50 years; the entirety of our environmental protection laws burnt in a coal pit; police cruelty made our urban policy; the Education Department closed to give billionaires a tax holiday; and a howling anti-Semite as White House Senior Counselor.

    But the horror we face is countered by this one hard and hopeful fact:  (Show me more...)

    Ethnic Votes Stolen in Crucial States
    Help Fix US Election For Trump
    Reveals Greg Palast

    By Ben Gelblum | The London Economic

    Throughout the US election campaign one of The Donald’s main refrains was “this election is rigged.”

    Turns out this particular Trump election rallying cry wasn’t a lie… Well, not entirely.

    Veteran election investigator Greg Palast has uncovered the sickening truth. I spoke to Palast about evidence of widespread systemic election rigging, robbing black, hispanic and asian American voters of their right to vote in crucial states. – Enough votes to swing the election away from the Hillary Clinton victory predicted in polls – explaining suspicious exit polls inconsistencies – and towards a shock result for Trump and Republican victory in the Senate.

    “Before a single vote was even cast, the election was already fixed by Trump operatives,” explains Palast.

    “This country is violently divided. There simply aren’t enough white guys to elect Trump nor a Republican Senate. The only way they could win was to (Show me more...)

    The Election Was Stolen – Here’s How…

    Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

    Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

    The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
    The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.

    Crosscheck in action:  
    Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
    Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922

    Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
    Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,824

    Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
    North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:              589,393

    On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.  The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted.

    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which was based on our Rolling Stone report ("The GOP's Stealth War On Voters"), was first released 2 months BEFORE the 2016 election. It predicted Trump would steal the White House — and explained how! The film's massive success has led to lawsuits in Indiana and Illinois aimed at ending Crosscheck and demands from the NAACP, ACLU, Transformative Justice Coalition for a post-election update. Subtitled, "The Case of the Stolen Election”, the film is available NOW with a tax-deductible donation to support our work.

    Trump signaled the use of “Crosscheck” when he claimed the election is “rigged” because “people are voting many, many times.”  His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised (Show me more...)

    Democracy Now:
    How they’re stealing Ohio

    Vote machines audit function disabled—and worse

    Greg Palast on the ground in the battleground state of Ohio: where he finds three ways the vote is, indeed, “rigged” – but FOR the GOP.


     [Election Day, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio] For two decades, computer touch-screen voting machines have been derided as “push and pray” voting. You had to take it on faith that the machine records your vote as you intend. The machines lacked a “paper record” to audit and recount.

    So, voting rights attorney Robert Fitrakis was thrilled to learn that many of Ohio’s voting machines would, for this election, have a brand-new anti-hacking capability. The computers could now take a photo of every voter card loaded in, time stamp each marking, and keep the images in an order that allows an audit and recount.

    But there’s one thing wrong with the new tamper-proof voting machines. “They’ve decided to (Show me more...)

    ‘Colonel’ behind the “caging” attack
    on Black voters in N Carolina exposed
    RFK Jr.:“A felony crime.”
    The bigger purge by same group
    could flip the US Senate.

    by Greg Palast
    Investigative reporter Palast wrote Rolling Stone’s recent exposé,
    The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters.”

    While the rest of the press is shocked that white North Carolina vigilantes are using racially-poisonous trickery to knock more than 6,700 Black citizens off the voter rolls, we already have the ringleader of the scheme on camera boasting of his election-snatching tactics.

    The NAACP has identified the Voter Integrity Project of Raleigh, North Carolina, as the organization directing the mass mailings to voters in minority communities.  When the letters marked “Do Not Forward” were returned to vigilante citizens guided by VIP, the group’s frontmen then challenged the Black citizens' right to vote.   Republican officials then quickly removed these voters from the rolls despite the lack of any evidence that any are fraudulent voters.

    “Colonel” DeLancy’s caging operation

    VIP is headed by "Colonel" Jay DeLancy. DeLancy admitted to this reporter, on camera, that (Show me more...)

    FREE Comic Book Download
    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

    Are we crazy?  Yes.  We’re flat broke, but we are sending you this link to the free 60-page comic book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy drawn by Roger Rabbit Comics artist extraordinaire, Keith Tucker—and there’s no charge whatsoever.
    But we hope a few of you will have the heart to donate for something more important than food:  getting our film into the churches, schools, union halls and activist centers in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the states targeted with the latest sick racial purge techniques I’ve uncovered for Rolling Stone.

    The comic book features Rosario Dawson, “Detectives” Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Willie Nelson and Agent Orange himself, Donald Trump.

    And a detective with no “off” button – Greg Palast.

    It’s the first installment of our “tele-novella” comic series—by me and the genius artist who drew the comic book Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    It’s as crazy and informative and shocking and heartbreaking as the movie and book on which it based.

    If you dig it, share the free download link – and get the rest of the story, the movie and book on which the comic book is based.

    You can get the signed movie DVD for a donation or rent or download it from Amazon.

    You can get the signed book for a donation or from the usual suspects Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound.

    Or best of all, get the signed Book & DVD Combo
    for a donation. (Show me more...)

    I’d love to tell what Palast dug up
    But then I’d have to kill you…

    “…a wild and woolly ride, peppered with moments of wry sardonic humor that would make Dashiell Hammett smile. There’s so much more I’d love to tell you about what Palast dug up. But then I’d have to kill you. So you’ll just have to see “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” for yourself.”
    – Paul Rosenberg – Salon | READ THE FULL REVIEW

    The film’s out and playing to packed houses — and now the sequel, after a decade’s wait, to the book that rode the top of the Times list for nearly a year and Howard Zinn called, "The most important political tome of the century."

    Get the book (signed) that busts the theft of the 2016 election BEFORE IT HAPPENS.  Trump says the election’s rigged.  He should know:  his buddies are rigging it.

    And I rip back the curtain that’s hiding the money behind the Donald.  Trump only PLAYS a billionaire on TV — I name and get in the faces of the big bucks behind the big blond. And — cover the children's ears — the billionaire bandits behind Hillary, too.

    And the new Best Democracy comes complete with a 44-page comic book by gonzo cartoonist-journalist Ted Rall.  (Rall joins us from the LA Times from which he was fired for committing journalism.)

    Or get the all-new "Best Democracy" sequel right now from the usual suspects (Amazon, B&N, Indiebound).

    Here’s a better idea:  Get the new book AND the new film on DVD—not yet available in stores—for a tax deductible donation of $85.  Donate NOW — and if you do it by Monday, I’ll sign’m and send’m within 48-hours.

    About that film—based on my reports for Rolling Stone, BBC and Democracy Now!   As in the book, I hunt down the glove-puppet politicians who are mucking with the voter rolls, the NEW Klux Klan—and expose the billionaires whose fingers are in the gloves.

    But in the film I’ve got a little help.  When I’m stumped on the investigation, Detectives Tutola and Munch (Ice T and Richard Belzer) jump out of the (Show me more...)

    Gasland’s Josh Fox Calls it “Brilliant”
    ‘Best Democracy’ Screens Across the Country


    Academy Award nominee Josh Fox has seen The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and says that it's "brilliant - not just as a piece of reporting but as cinema." Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, says Palast's film is "wonderful, really humorous and brilliant..." And TeleSur's Abby Martin says that Palast "calls these mother-f***ers out."

    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy is now playing in Los Angeles and soon moving to theaters across the country.

    Tickets available now for San Francisco (Oct 14-20) - Get them while they last!

    Coming soon: Seattle (Oct 21-27 and Washington, DC (Oct 28 - Nov 3). We also have one day Gathr screenings in Oak Creek, WI (Oct 24), Smyrna, TN (Oct 26), Denver, CO (Oct 31), Houston, TX (Nov 1), Chicago, IL (Nov 2), Teaneck, NJ (Nov 4). You can sign up your own town to get a screening of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy here.

    As Gasland's Josh Fox says:  Once you have this information, you know, you have to pass it on. There's a specific kind of outrage that I think only the work of Greg Palast can evoke. And it is the outrage that when we realize that our democracy is being taken away from us. And that there isn't anyone in the mainstream media aside from Greg Palast reporting on this with any reliability or accuracy or passion or intelligence - and that is itself a crime.

    Gasland's Josh Fox Praises Greg Palast's The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
    from Greg Palast on Vimeo.

    (Show me more...)

    See the film Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
    Don’t Want You to see


    Opens in New York - Cinépolis Chelsea

    12.05pm | 2.45pm | 5.10pm | 8.15pm
    Tuesday 8pm with Greg Palast and Special Guest Josh Fox
    Wednesday 8pm Special Guest Progressive Radio Network's Gary Null
    Get your Tickets now 
    Limited seating and no premium charge

    Follow gonzo investigative reporter Greg Palast (BBC, Rolling Stone) as he busts the new Ku Klux Klan – the billionaire bandits that are behind a scheme to purge one million voters of color in November.

    This real life detective story is told in a film noir style with cartoon animations, secret documents, hidden cameras, and a little help from Law & Order detectives Ice-T and Richard Belzer, plus Divergent spirit Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Santa Claus (Ed Asner), and Willie Nelson as a stoner musician (can you imagine?).

    Palast and his posse expose the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.  Donald Trump plays a billionaire on TV.  Palast jumps the real billionaire behind the "billionaire."

    Audiences from California to Madison have laughed, cheered and given every performance a standing ovation.  (Show me more...)

    Greg Palast’s
    The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
    Opens in Theaters Sept 23 NYC & Sept 30 LA

    We are thrilled to announce that Cinema Libre will distribute our new film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, in the US and select foreign territories. The movie will open in New York and Los Angeles, on September 23 and 30 respectively, before being released as widely as possible before the November 8th election.

    In addition to the traditional cinema release, groups, organizations and grassroots activists will be able to arrange theatrical-on-demand® screenings via Gathr. The film is set to roll out on DVD/SVOD on October 18, 2016.

    This real life detective story is told in a film noir style with cartoon animations, secret documents, hidden cameras, and a little help from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit detectives, Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson and Ed Asner, Palast and his associates expose the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.

    Music by Mario Grigorov, additional music by Graham Nash.

    (Show me more...)

    Help us Stop Lynching by Laptop
    Sign the Petition

    Greg Palast explains how it's donepalast-explainscrosscheck

    A petition demanding the release of the names of voters
    on the Interstate Crosscheck purge list.

    Sign the Petition


    Hon. Alcee Hastings, US Congressman

    Hon. Keith Ellison, US Congressman

    Martin Luther King III

    Santiago Juárez, Voting Rights Attorney

    Dr. Wilmer Leon, Sirius FM

    Bill Gallegos, Climate Justice

    Taz Ahmed, 18 Million Rising

    Mimi Kennedy, People Demanding Action

    Medea Benjamin, Code Pink

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    Greg Palast on MSNBC with Joy Reid
    GOP Effort to purge millions from voter rolls

    Palast on MSNBC AM Joy
    Rolling Stone reports on a Republican-orchestrated effort to compile lists of voters who they allege are registered to vote in multiple states. Reporter Greg Palast and Dale Ho of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project join to discuss. (Show me more...)

    The Election Crime Wave Involving 7 Million Americans & The GOP Scam Behind The Hype

    by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein

    Image: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits

    Image: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Comic - Out soon

    If you believe the Republican hysteria machine, there’s an unprecedented election crime wave sweeping America involving a staggering 7.2 million suspected double voters. Thousands of these supposed criminals — who, if found guilty, have committed a felony punishable by 5-years in the slammer — have already lost their right to vote, with 41,000 people in Virginia alone being struck off voter roles. Statistical analysis of the evidence uncovered by investigative reporter Greg Palast shows that one million Americans may lose their vote by November. It also shows that a high proportion of these black, white, and brown voters have one thing in common: they tend to vote blue. In this week’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin, Palast gives Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein the skinny on this election crime wave, which in reality is little more than a GOP-generated racist sham designed to filter the blue out of the votes at the polls.

    TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on Aug 25, 2016)

    Dennis J. Bernstein: Greg Palast has got an article that just went up on Rolling Stone. Will an anti-voter fraud program designed by one of Trump’s advisors deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November? 

    Greg Palast: This week Rolling Stone has a tremendous investigative report, “The GOP’s Secret War Against Voters.” I know about it because I wrote it. This is an investigation I’ve now been on — I say one year in the article, but it’s really been two and a half years — uncovering a system by which the GOP has already removed tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of voters from the voter rolls — and it’s probably going to hit a million by November.

    DB: The 21st century version of Jim Crow, the electronic Jim Crow. Talk a little bit about it…

    Palast: Here’s the deal: 29 Republican Secretaries of State have given their voter rolls over to (Show me more...)

    Rolling Stone exposé:
    The GOP’s secret scheme begins purge
    of a million minority voters from voter rolls

    Palast-RS-Aug2016Donald Trump is right—the election IS rigged. And it’s his buddies who are rigging it. Rolling Stone has unearthed a confidential list of MILLIONS of voters who are marked to be purged, up to a million at risk by November. Who? Mostly, voters of color, i.e. Democrats.

    On Friday, Rolling Stone will release on newsstands, “The GOP’s Secret War on Voters,” a year’s-long investigation by Greg Palast and a team of experts exposing a scheme by 29 Republican state voting officials to remove voters, a program directed by ultra-right Trump operative Kris Kobach Secretary of State of Kansas.

    Taking off from Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that "people are voting many, many times," GOP officials are targeting voters who are allegedly voting or registered in two states and can therefore vote a second time in November. While voting twice is a felony crime, and less than 6 voters have been convicted of this crime, the GOP purge operation is removing tens of thousands of innocent voters as you read this.

    Palast obtained the lists—kept (Show me more...)

    Why Trump’s New Hedge Fund BFFs
    Are Hedging Their Bets

    by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein

    US Capitol For Sale (Washington, DC)
    With Trump being an unpredictable wild card in this year’s election race, his cabal of new billionaire hedge fund buddies are hedging their bets by buying Congress and the Senate, so no matter which blonde gets into office, they can be sure that their interests are taken care of. To do this, in some key swing states, they’re spending millions betting against a Trump White House. In this week’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin, Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein and investigative reporter Greg Palast discuss the special needs of these mega-rich vote-manipulating vultures and the specifics of what they hope to get in return for their election-rigging investments.

    TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on Aug 17, 2016)

    Dennis J. Bernstein: It looks like Big Don is in trouble, but now the billionaires are turning their attention to Congress. They’re going to need to buy Congress and the Senate for a number of reasons. And that's what we're going to talk about today… Let’s start with carried interest. What's that?

    Greg Palast: Carried interest. Where do you carry your interest?

    DB: I don't have any.

    Palast: What are you interested in? Carried interest is simply known as the billionaires’ hedge fund loophole. It's really complex, but it has to do with the rate at which hedge fund guys pay taxes — or don't pay taxes. If you and I go to work and (Show me more...)

    Trump and the 13 Losers behind him

    by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Nation of Change
    trump-economic-advisorsDonald Trump announced the formation of his Economic Advisory Council. Aside from a token academic that he’d never actually bothered to meet prior to the announcement, the all-male panel read like a rogues list ripped straight from the pages of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits by investigative reporter Greg Palast. Trump’s inner circle, which after an outcry over the glaring gender bias was supplemented by eight women, features some of the worst offenders when it comes to political powerbrokering for personal gain. But that’s just pay-to-play politics, and is therefore not so surprising. What did raise some eyebrows was Trump’s decision to embrace a group of guys he’d previously lambasted for “getting away with murder” due to their super-sized tax breaks: hedge fund managers, whom he’d also said half the time had “luck more than talent.” But The Donald can no longer afford to be picky, since the billionaire on “reality” TV only needs some actual real cash to fund his floundering campaign. In this week’s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin, Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein gets the lowdown from Palast on Trump’s new hedge fund BFFs and the hidden payoff that’s facilitating their cosy relationship.

    TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on Aug 10, 2016)

    Dennis J. BernsteinWelcome back to the Elections Crimes Bulletin with bestselling author and noted BBC investigative reporter, Greg Palast, now reporting for Rolling Stone on these crazy elections as we try and figure out if your vote will count, or if it doesn’t really matter because the NRA might put a bullet behind Hillary’s ear — as per Donald Trump’s strong, strong suggestion. Greg, welcome!

    Greg Palast: You don’t have much of a sense of humor, Dennis. Don’t you ever tell assassination jokes?

    DB: Am I not subtle enough?

    Palast: Well, you know, I figured that was a loaded question — bang!

    DB: So Trump manages to keep the headlines, but maybe that’s better for him because if people really start delving behind the scenes, look into who supports him, what he’s been up to, this is where his real trouble is. 

    Palast: I’d like to think so. I’d like to think that instead of parsing his seventh grade sense of humor that we would be looking at the billionaires behind him. It’s fascinating because it was Donald Trump who told us, when billionaires like me write checks, we expect something back from the politicians, and a lot more than we put in. Now that he’s been exposed as not a billionaire — he just plays one on TV — he’s gone to the very guys that he’s attacked.
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