How Bernie Won California:
The official un-count

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Nation of Change

This week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Election Crimes Bulletin we revisit the California primary crime scene and attempt to count the votes — something election officials in the state have failed to do. Officially, there are nearly 2 million votes that remain uncounted, and statistics show that the vast majority of these are favoring Bernie. If all votes were created equal and actually tallied, the Golden State would most likely be in Bernie’s pocked. Professional vote sleuth Greg Palast breaks down the numbers with Dennis J. Bernstein…

TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on June 15, 2016)

Dennis J. Bernstein: Greg Palast, great to have you back… Are we talking millions of votes not counted? What is this?

Greg Palast: Are you ready for this?

DB: I don’t know.

Palast: Okay, take out a pencil and paper...

DB: I’m afraid.

Palast: The mail-in ballots: 1,173,943 uncounted. Provisional “placebo” ballots — when they don’t want you to vote, they give you pretend ballots — there are 712,849 uncounted. This is two weeks after the election! Even Iran counts the votes within two weeks. And we’re not done… 73,116 “other” votes have (Show me more...)

Dad’s Last Erection

by Greg Palast

Just before his eighty-ninth birthday, my father was watching a Viagra commercial on TV. It ends with the warning, “If an erection persists for more than four hours, contact your doctor.”

He called up his clinic and got the nurse. He’d taken some Viagra, he said, more than four hours ago and his erection still wouldn’t go away.

“Mr. Palast, you shouldn’t have done that! You’ll have to get to the emergency room immediately.”

“I can’t go,” he said. “I haven’t shown all the neighbors yet.”

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Gil Palast (1921-2010) in Jeep WWII Pacific Theater (passenger seat) 1944 

In 1930, when my father was an eight-year-old kid in Chicago, he asked his older brother why people were outside in the cold snow waiting in a long line. His brother Harold said, “It’s a bread line. They don’t have anything to eat. (Show me more...)

California Primary:
Returning to the Scene of Crime

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Reader Supported News
If-every-vote -counted-BBB-TedRallThis week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — Election Crimes Bulletin — the Crime Scene: California. The Crime? Two million votes still not counted. One million ballots already disqualified, thrown away. Another million so-called provisional “placebo” ballots. Here’s the story of the voting horror show you won't get on Fox or MSDNC.

TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on June 8, 2016)

Dennis J. Bernstein: This week, were going to do a postmortem on yesterdays California primary. Greg, I know you were out there. You were also trying to vote?

Greg Palast: I think we need to get a long piece of yellow tape that says “crime scene” and wrap it around the state of California. It was ugly… Days before the election the polls were showing it was a dead heat between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton, with Sanders rising. How could it be what the AP called “a crushing victory” with so-called 96% of the vote counted? The answer is that 96% of the vote has not been counted.

Specifically, the mail-in ballots, which tend to be the Democratic Party regulars, were counted first — they’re all Hillary folk. She’s leading among registered Democrats by about 30%. But those who got NPP, (Show me more...)

How California is being stolen
from Sanders right now

Special bulletin from Greg Palast

[Los Angeles] It's not some grand conspiracy, but it's grand theft nonetheless.   Sen. Bernie Sanders’ voters will lose their ballots, their rights, by the tens of thousands.

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The steal is baked into the way California handles No Party Preference –"NPP" voters –what we know as "independents."

There are a mind-blowing 4.2 million voters in California registered NPP – and they share a love for sunshine and Bernie Sanders. According to the reliable Golden State poll, among NPP voters, Sen. Sanders whoops Sec. Hillary Clinton by a stunning 40 percentage points.


On the other team, registered Democrats prefer Clinton by a YUGE 30 points. NPP's can vote in the Democratic primary, so, the California primary comes down to a fight between D's and NPP's.

And there's the rub. In some counties like Los Angeles, it's not easy for an NPP to claim their right vote in the Democratic primary – and in other counties, nearly impossible.

Example: In Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, if you don’t say the magic words, (Show me more...)

Save Your Vote

Bruce C Carter, leader for Black Men for Bernie, and Greg Palast tell Flashpoints' Dennis Bernstein how to save your vote in California.


Download the FREE Vote Guide Comic Steal Back Your Vote

Placebo Ballots:
Stealing California from Bernie
Using an old GOP vote-snatching trick

by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein
For Reader Supported News


Listen in while Dennis J Bernstein and I take you through that ugly sausage factory called the American voting system….  Dennis J Bernstein and I have begun a weekly radio broadcast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  The Election Crimes Bulletin, on his Pacifica broadcast, “Flashpoints.” 
Don’t get Flashpoints in your area? then subscribe to the podcast, coming to you weekly. 


[Los Angeles]  Woop!  Woop!  Alert!  Some California poll workers have been told to give "provisional" ballots to all independent voters in Tuesday’s Democratic Party.

That’s wrong.  That’s evil.  That’s sick and illegal.

Here’s the 411.  If you’re registered as an independent voter in California, you have the right to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary.  Just ask for the ballot.

But look out!  Reports out of Orange County are that (Show me more...)

Tim Robbins, Rosario Dawson, and Greg Palast on Bernie, Trump, and Vote Theft

When someone hijacks your car, it’s not car suppression. When someone hijacks your vote, it's thievery. And voter "suppression" and news suppression have to go together — because if you’re stealing votes, you gotta keep it quiet!


Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Tim Robbins, actress and activist Rosario Dawson, and investigative reporter Greg Palast joined forces at UCLA on Tuesday, May 10 to discuss the vote theft and media silence rampant in the 2016 election.

Support our investigation into daylight vote robbery — and get a credit in our new film — by donating here. (Show me more...)

My Father’s Victory in the Pacific

By Greg Palast

In 1995, in Chicago, veterans of Silver Post No. 282 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their victory over Japan, marching around a catering hall wearing their old service caps, pins, ribbons and medals. My father sat at his table, silent. He did not wear his medals.

He had given them to me thirty years earlier. I can figure it exactly: March 8, 1965. That day, like every other, we walked to the newsstand near the dime store to get the LA Times. He was a Times man. Never read the Examiner.

He looked at the headline: U.S. Marines had landed on the beach at Danang, Vietnam. (Show me more...)

The Urgency of Now:
Fighting the ‘Hysteria Factory’

Listen to The Best Democracy Money Can Buy podcast with Greg Palast and Flashpoints' Dennis Bernstein. This week they delve into the Hysteria Machine with movie star and Voto Latino spokeswoman Rosario Dawson, who was at UCLA this week with Greg Palast and other media experts for The Urgency of Now panel. Greg kicks it off with this background.
Read the full interview transcript at Reader Supported News.

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Bill O’Reilly from Fox news, and the other foxes in the foxhole, talk about the massive amount of voter fraud in America. Why all these cries of voter fraud? There are about six people in a major election year arrested in the U.S. for committing voter fraud. So why all this hysteria about people voting fraudulently? I call it the hysteria machine.


By saying there are fraudulent voters, they can come up with ways to eliminate the fraudulent voters. If someone is impersonating a dead person (so a dead person walks into a voting booth…?!?), how do you stop the zombies from voting? You require photo ID, which is not so easy. Driver’s license and social security cards don't work. It's very difficult. What is the purpose? Do they have non-citizens voting? In Florida, 181,000 people were accused of being (Show me more...)

Journalist Partner Freed From Prison

Wednesday, my colleague Khadija Ismayilova was released from an Azerbaijan prison. Her crime was investigative reporting. She helped me get out the story of the Islamic Republic of British Petroleum—and get out safe to report it. Her courage is more than the human mind can comprehend. 

Khadija IsmayilovaHere's a bit of her story from my book Vultures' Picnic.

Getting the hell out of the Islamic Republic of BP with the Deepwater Horizon evidence

From Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-Finance Predators. A tale of oil, sex, shoes, radiation and investigative reporting - get it now.

by Greg Palast

[Based on a tip from some guy floating in the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, we take off for Baku, Azerbaijan, the “Islamic Republic of BP.” Stopping in London, the deathly ill MI6 double-agent Leslie the Bagman lays out the history of the coup d’etat, hooker-bait and the $30 million “sweetener” paid by Lord Browne to the oil nation’s “president”––and suggests we find his old spy-mate, Natasha.

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Media Fabricates Sanders Riot,
Buries the Real Story

Exclusive for Reader Supported News

Listen to The Best Democracy Money Can Buy podcast (Episode 4, also check out Episodes 1, 2 and 3) with Greg Palast and Flashpoints' Dennis Bernstein. This week Greg Palast takes on The New York Times, NPR, and big media in general for their biased reporting in favor of Hillary Clinton.
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Dennis Bernstein: Dissect for us the story in the electronic version of The New York Times, “From Bernie Sanders Supporters, Death Threats Over Delegates.” It’s the same establishment deciding, essentially, who is going to win or lose, who the candidates will be, who is acceptable and who isn’t. The corporate news cycle determines that.


Greg Palast: In Nevada, 64 Bernie Sanders delegates – some committee chairmen and life­long county Democratic Party members – were disqualified on the grounds that they were Republicans. They are lifelong Democrats, and that’s why they were at the convention, as chosen delegates. Bernie Sanders had more delegates than Hillary Clinton. It was a very close race in Nevada. When they knocked out the 64 Bernie delegates as Republicans, suddenly Hillary won the caucus by 35 delegate votes. Some of the Sanders people didn’t like that. So what was the report? Not how Sanders delegates were somehow excluded from exercising their rightful vote for the party’s nominee. Instead, The New York Times headline was: “From Bernie Sanders Supporters, Death Threats Over Delegates. ”

DB: The Bernie bird threatening delegates!

Palast: The story was that the Sanders people were leveling death threats at the chairwoman of the Democratic Party, who overruled all the voice votes, all the Bernie delegates’ credentials, and ramrodded Hillary Clinton through as the winner of these extra Nevada delegates.

The Party chairwoman claimed that they were grandchildren kidnappers and leveled (Show me more...)

Trump’s GOP Hitman Who’s Stealing
Your Vote – The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Podcast

Listen to The Best Democracy Money Can Buy podcast with Greg Palast and Flashpoints' Dennis Bernstein. This week they expose Donald Trump’s go-to operative who would steal your vote — by accusing you of not being an American. The Vote Rustler of the Week: Kris Kobach, Trump's man behind SB 1070, the "Driving While Brown" law.


Dennis Bernstein: Welcome to our weekly Election Protection Bulletin with best-selling author Greg Palast. Let's start in Topeka, Kansas with its Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He's definitely going head to head with the ACLU there.

Greg Palast: Kris Kobach is the most influential Republican Secretary of State in America - the Katherine Harris of 2016.

He's one of the very first governmental Republican supporters of Donald Trump. Anne Coulter has said Trump should pick him as his running mate. This guy is an important cat.

What's he up to? He's “saving” America from an invasion of aliens - not from outer space, but from other nations, wading the Rio Grande to vote in American elections. He claims there is a mass incursion of illegal aliens coming to the US to vote for Hillary.
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The federal government, despite a massive and costly hunt, has found almost no non-citizen has voted. (Florida’s campaign to stop alien voters netted a single conviction—an (Show me more...)

Rosario Dawson and Greg Palast
Tuesday – May 10th – 7pm at UCLA

Greg Palast joins Voto Latino's Rosario Dawson at UCLA's The Urgency of Now panel. Palast, with activists and media experts will delve into corporate media bias and the theft of the 2016 election.

The panel is being held Tuesday, May 10th at UCLA's James West Alumni Center in Los Angeles, CA from 7pm to 9pm PST. (Show me more...)

Palast on Larry King’s PoliticKing:
‘We don’t count all the votes.’

Catch Greg Palast on Larry King's PoliticKing with guest host Matthew Cooke on political elites rigging the electoral system. Palast gives Cooke a quick history lesson on vote trickery beginning with 2000–and why you haven't heard the true story in the US main-stream media.

Palast: "There's not much of an electoral process, we get the candidates selected for us. Here's the problem, in America we don't count all the votes."

New York voting fiasco just the warm-up
for the November game

by Greg Palast

Buckle up, America.  The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November:  a carefully planned pile up.

Voter purgeImage from Palast's upcoming film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Watch the trailer
First, live from New York….

Francesca Rheannon, whom you may know as the host of Writers’ Voice radio, did the civic thing by volunteering to work the polls in a town east of New York City.

“I just got off my 17 hour shift as an election official.  In my election district, out of 166 Democratic voters, 39 were forced to file affidavit ballots.  The last [election] I worked in, exactly ONE voter needed an affidavit ballot.”

That’s nearly one of four voters. Why?  Their names had gone missing from the voter rolls.

An affidavit ballot (called a “provisional” ballot in most other states) is a kind of placebo ballot.  You get to pretend to vote – but the chance it will actually be counted is …well, good luck.  If your name is wrongly removed (Show me more...)

BP Could Have the Stopped
The Disaster in the Gulf

Only 17 months before BP's Deepwater Horizon rig suffered a deadly blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP deepwater oil platform also blew out.

You've heard and seen much about the Gulf disaster that killed 11 BP workers. If you have not heard about the earlier blowout, it's because BP has kept the full story under wraps. Nor did BP inform Congress or US safety regulators, and BP, along with its oil industry partners, have preferred to keep it that way.

The earlier blowout occurred in September 2008 on BP's Central Azeri platform in the Caspian Sea.

As one memo marked "secret" puts it, "Given the explosive potential, BP was quite fortunate to (Show me more...)

6 Years This Week – BP Kills in the Gulf

This clip is from Greg Palast's film Vultures and Vote Rustlers which you can download for FREE this week

Six years ago today, 11 members of the Deepwater Horizon Crew were still alive. The Gulf of Mexico, thanks to decades of dredging by the oil companies was a slowly growing disaster - but it was still a tourist destination and a source of jobs for thousands of fishermen.

New Orleans, still recovering from the man-made disaster that was Hurricane Katrina would again, in just 2 days become the center of America's latest great environmental tragedy.

All this week we'll be sharing the investigations that we did on British Petroleum's disaster and its international fallout - including the one that could have foretold the April 20th blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, we're sharing an excerpt from Vultures' Picnic.
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A RUBBER DINGHY OFF THE GULF COAST, MISSISSIPPI, OCTOBER 2010

This was my first investigation of fish homicide, so I figured Rick and I needed a boat because Professor Steiner’s submarine had just cleared the Panama Canal and wouldn’t arrive in time for our filming.

However, Badpenny couldn’t hook up a canoe, let alone a skiff, because BP had put every Coon-Ass captain on its payroll for the oil clean-up, which mostly involved floating around looking busy when CNN showed up. BP would have to OK our taking one of their indentured boats, and BP never said OK unless they controlled the fish story. (Show me more...)

Lee Camp Arrested At Democracy Spring

Lee Camp, host of RT's Redacted Tonight and resident Palast Investigative Fund humorist was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Democracy Spring protests in Washington DC.

He was one of hundreds who have been arrested in the actions, which are now on day three of ten days of protests. Democracy Sping is a coalition of like-minded groups working together for voting rights, getting money out of politics and protecting the environment.

Listen to Lee's interview with RT’s Eunan O’Neill on his arrest.

“There’s a lot of people that are standing up and willing to get arrested to call attention to how money has corrupted our entire system,” Camp told RT in the interview.

Camp has since been released from police custody.

Check out Lee Camp's videos on how to protect your (Show me more...)

Wisconsin GOP Pol Reveals
Real Reason for Voter ID

Oops!  Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) gave away the nasty little weapon that Republicans plan to use in November. In an interview with WTMJ-TV at the Ted Cruz victory rally Tuesday night, he explained how Republicans can win the Blue state even if the voters prefer the Democrat.


"I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate perhaps they've ever put up and now we have photo ID and I think that photo ID is going to make a bit of a difference as well." (Show me more...)

Voter ID Laws Strike Again
This Time Wisconsin

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Wisconsin's 'How to get a voter ID' Info Sheet

Arizona isn't going to be the only place with voting issues this primary season. Today, voters in Scott Walker's Wisconsin head to the polls. Due to changes in voting laws, there's a very good chance that there's going to be a problem.

Wisconsin has some of the strictest voter ID laws in the country and today will be the first time they are tried out during a primary. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites will be disenfranchised thanks to these laws. The hardest hit will be the poor, minorities and college students, i.e. black and blue voters.

Many Wisconsin college students will be out of luck and unable to feel the Bern as their college ID is not acceptable for voting. As some are from out of state - but registered at their college - this leaves them out of luck as their ID doesn't have their address on it or a signature. With the ways of getting an acceptable ID limited (one office on a campus, with limited hours) and their requests for a new Scott Walker approved college ID card denied, voting in what is likely their first election seems like a no go.

Unfortunately this isn't the first time we've seen this. In 2008 when voter ID laws came to our attention with Crawford v. Marion County Election Board - Indiana was the test case. You might have read about it in our comic book - Steal Back Your Vote or in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. It was the silly story with the nuns.

Here's the text that inspired the comic.

Angela Hiss and Allyson Miller both students at Notre Dame were denied the right to vote because they didn’t have the right kind of ID – one that listed their dorm rooms as their residence. (Show me more...)

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