10/30/13 Meria interviews Greg Palast – investigative journalist, author on stolen elections and stolen votes. What’s changed since the stolen election of 2000? First they take away minority votes, now they go after the women’s votes (Texas); Obama is an expert at manipulating votes; voter suppression is a racial issue; Eliminate women’s votes in Texas while a woman runs for Governor; Vote theft is always local; why did Bush fire 8 Federal Prosecutors? have there been any arrests for vote theft/fraud? voter suppression is class warfare; provisional ballots-placebo votes; 9 million ex-cons can vote but don’t know it; theft by computer; “don’t go postal”; Greg’s work on Larry Summers and “The End Game”; the plan for bank deregulation worldwide that crashed the global economic system; financial royalism; 1998-Greg exposed the Koch Brothers and in 1995. Koch-quiet and evil power; the false populist front; corporate personhood and Citizens United and lots more.
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NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A close presidential election in November could well come down to contested states or even districts--an election decided by vote theft? It could happen this year. Based on Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s investigative reporting for Rolling Stone and BBC television, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps might be the most important book published this year--one that could save the election. Last week Billionaires & Ballot Bandits debuted on the NYT Bestseller list at #10 in paperback nonfiction.
Billionaires & Ballot Bandits names the filthy-rich sugar-daddies who are super-funding the Super-PACs of both parties--billionaires with nicknames like "The Ice Man," "The Vulture" and, of course, The Brothers Koch. Told with Palast's no-holds-barred, reporter-on-the-beat style, the facts as he lays them out are staggering. What emerges in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits is the never-before-told-story of the epic battle being fought behind the scenes between the old money banking sector that still supports Obama, and the new hedge fund billionaires like Paul Singer who not only support Romney but also are among his key economic advisors. Although it has not been reported, Obama has shown some backbone in standing up to the financial excesses of the men behind Romney. Billionaires & Ballot Bandits exposes the previously unreported details on how operatives plan to use the hundreds of millions in Super-PAC money pouring into this election. We know the money is pouring in, but Palast shows us the convoluted ways the money will be used to suppress your vote.
The story of the billionaires and why they want to buy an election is matched with the nine ways they can steal the election. His story of the sophisticated new trickery will pick up on Palast's giant New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.