Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Election Crimes Bulletin: It’s Georgia — AGAIN!!!

Georgia is on our minds — again —this week on the Election Crimes Bulletin, with new GOP laws to eliminate absentee voting by dropbox (SB 221), to stop the use of (unfortunately) much-needed donations to support election administration (SB 222), and to create a new Georgia commission to restrict and remove prosecutors (SB 92). The later law is clearly aimed at curtailing the activities of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who’s investigating criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election by Donald Trump and his cronies, and is edging ever closer to indictments.

Meanwhile the Biden Administration has joined Fair Fight, the voting rights organization founded by Georgia’s should-have-been-governor Stacey Abrams, in their legal action against True the Vote, the right wing "election integrity" organization that attempted to overturn the 2020 and 2022 elections with mass voter challenges. Earlier this month, US District Court Judge Steve C. Jones ordered True the Vote to stand trial in Atlanta. In his summary judgment, Judge Jones noted that even True the Vote’s so-called expert, Gregg Phillips, “candidly admits that there will be voters on the challenge list that are eligible to vote.” But it remains to be seen how far the Biden Administration will go to support Fair Fight’s action against True the Vote and its army of vigilante vote challengers, which we exposed before the 2022 election in on our film, Vigilante.

Also in the news is Ginni Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who’s raised new ethics questions after it was revealed that Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty, a conservative think tank led by her, accepted anonymous donations totaling $596,000 in 2019. Much of the money, $400,000, came via Donors Trust, an organization that has long been on the radar of the Palast Investigations team. As a funnel for Koch funds, Donors Trust had a prominent role in our 2016 film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

Learn all about this and more on the latest edition of the Election Crimes Bulletin with Dennis Bernstein and Greg Palast.

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