Greg Palast

Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose stories appear on BBC Television, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone. You can read/watch his reports at GregPalast.com. He is the author of the NY Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic. You can stream his new film, Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman — introduced by Martin Sheen and narrated by Rosario Dawson — for a limited time at: VigilanteMovie.com

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Monday Jan 08, 2024

A federal court in Georgia has just ruled that a challenge to 360,000 Georgians’ right to vote—suspiciously targeting Black voters—does not violate the Voting Rights Act. This decision poses a devastating threat to the 2024 election.
Judge Steve C. Jones slapped aside the suit brought by Stacy Abrams’ Fair Fight against Texas group True the Vote, which had created the hit list of voters. The judge cited “lack of evidentiary support”—but he refused to hear our evidence, which is featured in our film Vigilante.
And because the ruling came down from a federal court, True the Vote has a green light to expand its mass challenge of voters to other states including, according to the triumphant group itself, Arizona, Texas and several other swing states.
One disastrous decision by the court helped sink Fair Fight’s case. 
Fair Fight needed to show that the 80 vigilante challengers relied on True the Votes’ target list. The incriminating evidence was caught on camera and included in our film Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman. 
Republican Party official Pam Reardon personally challenged a breathtaking 32,379 voters. Reardon told me, cameras rolling, that she didn’t bother to check any of the info on these voters because she simply took the list from True the Vote. 
GOP official Reardon said, “I can’t go through 32,000 people. I was handed the list by True the Vote.”
Case closed…except the judge would not let Fair Fight put our film into evidence.
To match the expansion of True the Votes’ vigilante  vote challenge tactics, we're expanding our exposé. 
Support our new film, Vigilantes Inc. (out Fall 2024), and help us stop these mass voter challenges.➡️ Donate and get a screen credit: https://palastinvestigativefund.org/vigilantes-2024/

Wednesday Dec 06, 2023

Set your hair on fire right now, because a recent ruling by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals virtually repeals the last living section of the Voting Rights Act. This ruling, at the moment, applies to Arkansas, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. But it's going to go to the US Supreme Court, then look out. Because if the SCOTUS judges go along with this ruling, the whole of the United States will be Jim Crow’d.
► For more on this go to: https://www.gregpalast.com/court-says-only-voting-rights-violators-may-sue/

Thursday Sep 07, 2023

If the new vote suppression tactics first used by Brian Kemp in Georgia — and exposed in investigative reporter Greg Palast’s new film Vigilante — are allowed to spread across the United States, then vote suppression, not the voters, will pick the next president. In this episode of the KPFK Lawyers Guild Show, hosts Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall talk to Palast about the new existential threats to our democracy.

Friday Aug 25, 2023

Will Georgia DA Fani Willis secure a conviction in her case against Donald Trump? Or will venue-shopping help Trump secure a more amenable jury pool to help him evade conviction?

Wednesday Aug 16, 2023

Donald Trump and 18 others have been indicted by Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, under RICO organized crime statues for trying to fix the 2020 presidential elections. Greg Palast reports from Oklahoma on the RICO indictment and on the planned right-wing high-jacking of the Native American vote in 2024.
“The RICO statutes are designed to find the spider in the middle of the web, and there's one spider, an orange spider, in the middle of this web.”
Learn more at GregPalast.com
 

Wednesday Jul 26, 2023

Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, has just announced he’s removing 191,473 voters from the Georgia voter rolls. In the press release, Raffensperger boasts that Georgia has the “Cleanest voter lists in America” — of course, they've bleached them whiter than white.
Meanwhile, as reported by Meidas Touch host Fred Wellman, a right wing data miner has filed an Open Records request for “Copies of the signature cards used in the election process” — for ALL 7 million Georgia voters — including “the voter's name, address, and signature.” This is very dangerous. I presume it’s for the purpose of mass vigilante challenges to ballots.
And it's not just about Georgia. The Peach State is the GOP's test kitchen for vote suppression trickery, which they then roll out nationwide.
Vote suppression is class war by other means. It's about power and resources. They're not stealing votes to steal elections. They're stealing votes to steal the money.
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Thursday Jun 29, 2023

When ProPublica reported on the undeclared luxury fishing trip Justice Samuel Alito took courtesy of billionaire Vulture Fund manager Paul Singer, they reported there was a major conflict of interest with a case that Singer brought in front of the Supreme Court against the Nation of Argentina (which I wrote about in my book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits). But they failed to mention another very important case Singer was involved in. 
Singer's big goal in influencing the judiciary was to overturn the Voting Rights Act. He was a big promoter of Shelby v. Holder. Now, Shelby, Alabama didn’t have the money to take the case to the Supreme Court, it came from two groups of donors: the Koch Brothers, through Donors Trust, and Paul Singer, through the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank which he funds and pretty much directs.
So, Shelby v. Holder, the most devastating decision against voting rights, was directly created and propagated by Singer. His fishing buddy, Justice Alito should have recused himself. That would've changed the outcome, because the decision was made 5 to 4, with Alito's being the surprise deciding vote.
Alito should not have been on that case, and if he'd recused himself — as he should have done — we would still have the full Voting Rights Act.
▶️ Get the full story. Download my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — available for FREE for a limited time. 
 

Friday Jun 23, 2023

On June 25th, 2013 the US Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, when they ruled 5 to 4 that Section 4 was unconstitutional. The case, Shelby v. Holder, was financed in part by multi-billionaire hedge fund manager Paul “The Vulture” Singer.
Earlier this week, ProPublica revealed that Singer flew Justice Samuel Alito on his private jet to Alaska for a luxury fishing vacation in early 2008 (a gift which Alito failed to disclose). Singer subsequently had multiple cases before Alito and the Supreme Court — including a 15-year long dispute with the nation of Argentina. Justice Alito also just happened to be the surprise deciding vote on Shelby v. Holder.
That was Singer's holy grail, to destroy the Voting Rights Act, because he knew it was the key to Republican vote suppression efforts. Indeed, the entire vote suppression effort that we've been reporting on for the past decade relied on the destruction of the Voting Rights Act.
▶️ Get the full story. Download my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — available for FREE for a limited time. 

Thursday Jun 15, 2023

Trump's been indicted for mishandling classified documents. Charges include Obstruction of Justice and violation of Espionage Act — but will he serve time?
"I have now read this indictment three times — and remember I was a Justice Department investigator and I've been in many litigations on these big cases — and I've never seen such an indictment," says Greg Palast. "I don't see how Trump gets out of this unless he's Houdini... But I'm very concerned that the clock is Trump's friend."
In this week's edition of the Election Crimes Bulletin, Greg Palast and FlashPoints News host Dennis J. Bernstein discuss special counsel Jack Smith’s case, and the likelihood that it will result in jail time for Trump.

Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

I did a massive investigation of the late, defrocked "Reverend" Pat Robertson, who died on Thursday at the age of 93 and was, weirdly, a fan of mine. I wrote the exposé for The Guardian and had secretly recorded Robertson admitting to several financial crimes.
He had raised millions of dollars from his flock, the 700 Club (which was named after those who donated $700 a year). They raised millions for “Operation Blessing”, supposedly to help alleviate the woes of refugees fleeing genocide in Rwanda.
“Operation Blessing” then purchased planes, ostensibly to shuttle medical supplies in and out of the refugee camp in Goma, Congo (then Zaire). However, investigative reporter Bill Sizemore of the Virginian-Pilot discovered that, except for one medical flight, the planes were used to haul heavy equipment for something called the African Development Corporation, a diamond mining operation distant from Goma. 
African Development was owned by Pat Robertson.
Get the full "Diamonds for the Antichrist" story at Greg Palast.com
In addition, as those who've seen my film The Assassination of Hugo Chavez know, the ex-Reverend called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez. Why would he care so much about removing Chavez? Because Chavez refused to give Robertson a gold mining concession in Venezuela.
Watch The Assassination of Hugo Chavez using this FREE download link. 
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Robertson also gave us the phrase "New World Order", for George Bush Senior's New World Order creation that would replace the Communist world order after the Cold War. And it was Robertson who warned us that there was a cabal of bankers, Presbyterians, the Federal Reserve, and the US Senate Finance Committee who are taking their orders directly from Satan. Now, I should note that the chairman of the banking committee who helped create the Federal Reserve was Pat Robertson's father; Absalom Willis Robertson was a Senator, was chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and helped create the Federal Reserve Board. So, Pat Robertson basically saw his father as Satan’s Commander on Earth.
But it’s no joke, because we all paid the price for the Christian Coalition’s “good works”. The Christian Coalition illegally backed George Bush Senior for president by sending out tens of millions of pieces of mail to Born Again Christians telling them to vote for George Herbert Walker Bush.
Robertson deserves credit, if you wanna call it credit, for recreating the Republican Party as an adjunct of the Christian Coalition, and making Born Again Christians supreme — basically kingmakers — within the Republican Party.
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I spent all day with Robertson, with my concealed recorder, and because he said that God asked him to run for president, I asked him, with a campaign manager like the Lord, how could you lose? And he said, well, the Lord asked me to run for president, not to win. Out of that run, I created a mailing list of 3 million people. 
The Christian Coalition grew out of Robertson’s presidential campaign, and as Robertson said, now no Republican can run for dog catcher without the Christian Coalition's approval. So, Robertson may be gone, but the dead hand of the Christian Right is running the Republican party — and that was Robertson’s goal.
For those who want to read the full investigation, which was also in my book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, I’m offering a FREE download of the audiobook, in which Al Franken reads the chapter about the ex-Reverend Pat.  

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GREG PALAST

Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose stories appear on BBC Television, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Rolling Stone. You can read/watch his reports at GregPalast.com. He is the author of the NY Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, and the highly acclaimed Vultures' Picnic. His full-length feature, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, was released in 2016. His new film, Vigilantes: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitmen—from Academy Award winning producer Maria Florio and executive producer Martin Sheen—will be released Fall 2022.

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