There are two dangers in the media howl over Trumpâ€™s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family. The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to ...more
There are two dangers in the media howl over Trumpâ€™s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family. The story is that ...more
Vote “Caging” Gets legal?!?RNC Asks Court To Lift Consent Decree That Blocked Jim Crow Voter Purge Scam
The RNC is petitioning a federal district court in New Jersey to lift a Consent Decree that blocked an ugly Jim Crow voter purge scam known as "caging." Hereâ€™s an excerpt from a memo ...more
[Greg Palast has investigated Paul “The Vulture” Singer for BBC TV and The Guardian for the last 9 years.]
Paul Singer, known as The Vulture, won a $4.65 billion payment from Argentina â€” nearly ONE HUNDRED TIMES his “investment” of $50 million in old Argentina bonds. Â It was, in finance speak, the most successful “vulture attack” ever.Singerâ€™s actions are outlawed in most of the civilized world. Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, attempted to stop Singerâ€™s predatory act, but Singer did a brilliant end-run: Â he used his cash to help elect a new President in Argentina that would jump to his tune and pay him billions.
Now, heâ€™s attempting to do the same to the USA: Â pick a president for us who will feather his vulture’s nest. Â Heâ€™s the number one donor sugar daddy for Marco Rubioâ€™s candidacy [See, “Who Hatched Rubio“]. Â Singer is also the big bankroller of Karl Rove, to make sure that, even if he canâ€™t sell Rubio to the GOP base, at least The Vulture can use “Turdblossom” Rove to ensure that Hillary wonâ€™t become President and put him out the of vulture business.
Rubio, in fact, skirted some ethical lines in his attempts to pressure the State Department to side with his corpse-chewing donor against Argentina.
As Iâ€™ve said, Singer directs his fellow billionairesâ€™ investments in candidates. Â So, it is not surprising to see The Koch’s lend their top …more
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for EcoWatch
from the foreword toÂ Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
American democracy is under assault.
In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the EnronÂ grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.
Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrainedÂ corporate profiteering.
The senators and congressmen they fund and elect areÂ not representing the United Statesâ€”they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government.
I have no problem characterizing these corporate-centric super-PACs as treasonous.Â We are now in a free fall toward old-fashioned oligarchy; noxious, thieving and tyrannical.
Hereâ€™s an easy way to spoil a vote: digitize it . . . then lose the digits.
Prestidigitation is the French-derived term for conjury, legerdemain, sleight-of-hand, presto-change-o hand-jive, disappearing trickery . . . or, in the language of Karl Rove, â€œHelping America Vote.â€
Following what the media called the â€œFlorida debacle,â€ the winners of the debacle agreed to â€œreformâ€ the voting system. So the Bush administration proposed and Congress passed the Help America Vote Act.
The best way to prevent voting reform is to pass a voting reform billâ€”especially if itâ€™s written by the folks that helped themselves to your vote in the first place.
The Help America Vote Act is not the most Orwellian named, satanic law ever passed by Congress, but it tries. To avoid ballots with hanging chads, the law simply does away with ballots, providing about $4 billion in subsidies for Direct Recording Equipment (DREs), …more
A Special note from Greg Palast
I’m happy to be able to announce today that our book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits has made it guerrilla combat style onto the New York Times Best-seller list in its debut week, coming in at number 10.
Two weeks ago I wrote and said “This is it…” Well – what I should have said is – this is just the beginning…
Thanks to you, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits went viral, people are chattering about it on Reddit, Facebook, and even that old bastion of journalismâ€“print.
Thanks to you, we’ve got the grey old lady’s attention. The New York Times says that I write Â “prose [that] has a zippy, breathless quality that might put you in mind of Michael Moore.” Coming from The New York Times, I guess we’ll take it as a compliment (‘zippy’ is a complimentâ€¦ right?).
And just a couple of days ago Arianna’s Huffington Post called it “The Most Terrifying Book a Democrat Could Read” and they meant that in a good way.Â “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits delineates the potential theft of democracy. For me, as a Democrat, it was terrifying.”
The mainstream media is finally paying attention to the work that we do at the Palast Investigative Fund – coverage of voting hijinks is starting to make the front pages of newspapers, headlining the evening news.
But we still have a long way to go to stop the Ballot Bandits.
As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says in the book’s foreword:
“Remember, this is YOUR democracy. Voter suppression is real. Itâ€™s often a crime. And itâ€™s happening to YOU. But there is something that you can do to prevent it. That is the message of Palastâ€™s book.
Read our book… Pass on the link, www.BallotBandits.org. And get the word out! Thereâ€™s still time to steal back your voteâ€¦”
As a thanks to everyone who picked up the book, we’ll send you a free download of our film Election Files.
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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and Vultures’ Picnic.
Author’s proceeds from the book go to the not-for-profit Palast Investigative Fund for reporting on voter protection issues.
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For Dollars & Sense Magazine
On Friday, Governor Mitt Romney had breakfast with billionaires.
Singer’s known as “The Vulture” on Wall Street. Langone’s database company came up with the list of innocent Black voters that Katherine Harris wiped off the voter rolls of Florida in 2000. But who is Paulson, a guy so dark and devious he doesn’t even have a nick-name?
I tried to join them (“Sorry, sir”) just to ask why Romney was chowing down with the nation’s most notorious billionaires and ballot bandits.
Here is just a bit about Breakfast Billionaire #3: John Paulson from my new book,Â Billionaires & Ballot BanditsÂ Â now renamedÂ The Best Democracy Money Can Buy): How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Stepsâ€”An investigation of Karl Rove, the Koch Gang and their Buck-Buddies. There’s a comic book inside by Ted Rall with an introduction by Bobby Kennedy Jr. Get it here now.
It was just released today and already hit NUMBER ONE NON-FICTION PAPERBACK in the USA. (Barnes & Noble)
In August 2007, billionaire John Paulson walked into Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, with a billion-dollar idea. Paulsonâ€™s brainstorm had all the elements that Goldman found enchanting: a bit of fraud, a bit of flimflam, and lots and lots of the ultimate drug: OPMâ€”Other Peoplesâ€™ Money.
Paulsonâ€™s scheme was simple. Paulson, a much followed hotshot hedge-fund manager, would announce that he was betting big on the recovery of the U.S. housing market. He was willing to personally insure that …more
An Excerpt from Billionaires & Ballot Bandits
How the Election Games are fixed by the Koch gang,
Karl Rove and their buck-buddies
Part 1 – THE GAME
In the Beginning
In early 2010, a man named Karl Rove met with a financier known as the Ice Man.Â The billionaire had more than his share of legal and political troubles.Â Rove told him he had a plan to defeat Barack Obama and seize control of Congress for the GOP.
The Ice Man said, “I’m in,” and handed over a check for $20 million.
And Ice Man promised more.
“Karl is the best political mind out there,” he said.
Way out there.Â 2012:Â Ballots Up the Congo
How I ended up here, up the Congo River, hunting for missing ballots in the US presidential election, well, that’s a story in itself.Â I’ll get to that.
But first, I have to take you deep into the Heart of Darkness, Washington DC, where, in 2004, this same Karl Rove arranged for his pudgy little poodle to take on a terrible and cruel assignment.Â The poodle, Tim Griffin, had the small hands, small mind and small heart perfectly suited for the job of re-electing the President, by hook or crook. Â Mostly crook.
Rove, then Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, said,
“We are beginning to look like we have elections like those run in countries where the guys in charge are, you know, colonels in mirrored glasses.”
Rove wasn’t complaining.Â He was boasting. …more
On Tuesday, Tim Griffin, former chief of research of the Republican National Committee, is on the ballot for Congress to represent Little Rock, Arkansas. He’s favored to win. But Griffin is just as happy to win by stealing votes. Here’s a clip from the Elections Files, the Palast team’s investigations for BBC Television and Democracy Now. …
Was Tim Griffin merely a “Rove-bot”?
Did Karl Rove write the memos that dunked candidate Griffin in hot water?
Special to the Arkansas Times
(New York, London)
Greg Palast, the journalist who blew the whistle on Republican vote suppression activities in Florida (“caging”), has communicated with me further following an e-mail I passed along this morning. He has a theory on Republican congressional candidateÂ Tim Griffin’s involvement in the scheme
Tim Griffin, Congressional candidate, exposed
NBC Arkansas television anchor and investigative reporter Melissa Simas confronted Griffin, a candidate for a Little Rock congressional seat, with the latest information Palast has uncovered on the “Tim Crow” caging scheme.
It’s not Tim Griffin’s day. In 2004, BBC Television exposed Karl Rove’s crony Tim Griffin, for running an operation to challenge the right to vote of active duty soldiers, especially those of color. …more
So, these ten nuns walk into a polling station and… Oh, youâ€™ve heard that one?
What you didnâ€™t hear is that, besides the Sistersof the Holy Cross who lost their vote because their drivers licenses expired, 144,896 other legal voters were told to scram in this yearâ€™s primary â€”all caught attempting to vote without a license. The rejected were, disproportionately, African-American,according to data from the University of Washington.
Apparently, the idea for this racially rancid rule came to Karl Rove while he was buying his Pampers: â€œIf I try to cash a check at a grocery store, I have to show an ID. Why not for voting?â€
The answer, Karl, is that for a century, Indiana folks have voted without photo ID with not a single known case of voter identity theft. Itâ€™s true the law nabbed Shirley Preiss, a 98-year old Democrat whose driverâ€™s license expired. Drop that ballot, Shirl, and no one gets hurt.
Santiago Juarez sees some truth in Roveâ€™s remarks. We met with Santiago in Espanola, New Mexico, where he was running a registration drive among low-riders, the young Mexican-Americans who cruise the street in hopping, bopping, neon-outlined Chevys. He says, â€œThe same poverty and racism that keeps these kids from getting credit cards keeps them from getting ID.â€ A young Mexicana he escorted to the polls was turned away from her first-ever attempt to vote for failure to produce an ID to the white pollworkerâ€™s satisfaction, despite Santiagoâ€™s protest.
â€œShe said, well, something you canâ€™t print, and refused to try again. She said, â€˜They donâ€™t want me to vote, anyway.â€™â€ …more
Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. believe that the 2008 elections have already been stolen. What’s an American to do given these circumstances? They suggest: “Steal it back”.
Palast, an investigative journalist, and Kennedy, a voting rights attorney, paired up to create a nonpartisan voter guide that illustrates the six ways that American votes will be stolen this election and seven ways to steal them back.
You may ask who’s stealing your votes. Palast and Kennedy believe that the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), created in 2002, is one of the main reasons votes are systematically being stolen. Secretaries of state attempting to comply with HAVA are purging voters from the registration rolls and blocking new ones from registering. The purging occurs if a voter’s name does not match a government database.
Those who are at most risk for having their vote stolen are new voters, people of color, low-income, elderly and swing state voters, Palast told Truthout.
In 2006, Palast says that 40 percent of citizens who were purged from the voter rolls in California had Islamic, Vietnamese, Chinese and Hispanic names. These names were at most risk for misspellings.
The Steal Back Your Vote Guidelines promote the importance of going to the secretary of state Web site for your state to confirm that you are registered ahead of the election.
The New York Times appeared to confirm Palast and Kennedy’s findings on mass voter purges in its report last week titled “States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal”. The newspaper found that tens of thousands of eligible voters were being illegally purged ahead of the 2008 elections.
In the crucial swing states of Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio, The New York Times reported that Social Security databases are being used to verify voters, as opposed to more accurate state databases. Federal law requires Social Security databases to be used for verification only as a last resort.
The swing states of Michigan and Colorado are also violating federal law, according to The New York Times, because they are removing voters from the registration rolls within 90 days of the presidential election.
When a name has been purged from the voter rolls, election workers will hand out a provisional ballot. However, Palast points to 1.1 million provisional ballots that went uncounted in the 2004 elections as proof that provisional ballots often go uncounted.
“Once you sign that provisional ballot, the chances are officially one in three that your ballot will be thrown in the garbage can,” said Palast.
In their guide, Palast and Kennedy write that a provisional ballot will most often render a vote uncounted. They suggest seeking adjudication on the spot, by calling a voter’s rights hotline instead of accepting and signing the provisional ballot.
“Don’t go postal,” says Palast, urging voters not to mail in their ballot.
Palast told Truthout: “All you need is the most minor error, like you didn’t use your middle initial in your registration; not enough postage cost a third of a million votes in the US the last time around because most ballots are two stamps, not one. There’s a million ways to not count your vote on a mail-in; don’t do it.”
The other suggestions in the “Steal Back Your Vote” guide include voting early, getting involved in voter-registration and get-out-the-vote organizations, and pursuing legal action if disenfranchised.
Palast and Kennedy will be following the 2008 elections as they unfold, including publishing reports in Rolling Stone and BBC news.
Will JosÃ© Crow Voter ID Laws Pick Our President?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
State Representative Russell Pearce of Mesa Arizona has warned us:
“There is a massive effort under way to register illegal aliens in this country.”
How many? According to the Congressman’s office, there are five million: Democrats, he says, who are not good Americans – they’re Mexicans!
Really?! Holy Cow! The Senator has uncovered a conspiracy to flood the voter rolls with Brown Hordes who’ve swum the Rio Grande just for a chance to vote for Hillary Clinton?!
Thank the Lord for vigilant citizens like Senator Pearce. His efforts, along with the work of other patriotic (Republican) politicians, successfully stopped 300,000 voters from obtaining ballots in 2004 – because these voters had brought the wrong ID to the polls. New ID laws in Arizona and half a dozen states blocked these voters at the polling-house door. Others with “wrong” ID’s were handed what are called ‘provisional’ ballots – which were then not counted.
On Wednesday, the Republican majority on the US Supreme Court indicated it would vote to uphold these new voter ID requirements.
And just in time. If not for these new ID laws, warns Senator Pearce and other Republicans across the nation, a dark wave of illegal aliens would vote again in our upcoming Presidential election.
Or maybe not. Maybe there aren’t five million illegal voters for Hillary or Obama or Edwards. …more
A Rove-arian cancer on the Presidency
December 14th, 2007- If you read US papers, you’d barely note that Karl Rove was just charged with contempt of Congress by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and you sure as hell as wouldn’t know why. The Washington Post mentions that it was Rove’s failure to supply documents to the Committee regarding the firing of US Prosecutors. What you won’t get is what Rove is hiding in those documents.
Well, I’ll tell you. Better yet, I’ll let one of the fired prosecutors tell you. For BBC TV I spoke with David Iglesias, former US Attorney for New Mexico. Iglesias told me that Rove engineered his firing, part of a grand scheme to disenfranchise voters.
The job of the Justice Department is to protect voters. Rove’s scheme was, instead, to harass them – especially those colored brown and blue – i.e. Hispanic Democrats.
Also listen to the SoonerThought Show Podcast with Greg Palast for more on the charges.
In 2004 for BBC TV the Palast team broke the story of voter caging by the Republican Party now in 2007 a Democratic congress is getting to doing something about it, led by caging victim Senator John Kerry. Read about it here ripped from our friends over at BradBlog.
Measure, Co-Sponsored by 13 Dems, Would Prohibit ‘Voter Supression’ Tactic as Used in Florida in 2004 by Former Rove Associate, Interim US Attorney Tim Griffin…
Brad Friedman- BradBlog
Thirteen Democratic Senators have introduced a bill that would outlaw “voter caging,” the practice of sending mail marked “Do Not Forward” to a targeted list of voters in hopes of using the returned mailings as a basis to challenge the right of the voters to vote. …more
Due to issues involving Andrew Meyer’s litigation, his attorney has requested we hold off broadcast. As this young journalist has hadenough shocks in his life, I see no reason not to comply.
Now that I’ve met Andrew, I can tell you: he’s not some sensationalist fruitcake. He’s a sincere guy with a damn good question: why not count the votes, America? Andrew will be providing on-the-ground reports for us from Florida over the coming election season.
Apologies for the awful puns.
Air- Greg Palast
The Palast Report on Clout with Richard Greene
on The Air America Radio Network
IT’S NOT THE VOLTS, IT’S THE VOTES!
by Zach Roberts
The student shocked by a taser gun last month at the University of Florida while questioning Senator John Kerry will be providing regular reports on election shenanigans for Air America’s ‘Clout.’ The program, hosted by Richard Greene carries the Palast Report weekly. Andrew will be interning with the Palast team as a journalist in training.
Palst is in contact with Kerry’s office to see if the Senator will answer Meyer’s question on air – without an armed guard.
Meyer, who appeared Thursday morning on the Today show sandwiched between reports on Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and Heather Mills, was the only guest who