Posts tagged “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits”

  • Big Oil, Big Ketchup and “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez”

    January 9, 2013

    Greg Palast, author of the NYT bestselling book Billionaires & Ballot Banditsreveals why the U.S. elite (aka: Big Oil)  is so intent on ousting Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez…..MONEY!

    Who saw that coming?

    Chavez was on very friendly terms with Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton, so what changed? What made G.W. Bush’s administration provide intelligence and funding to get rid of the popular (well, with many) president?

    Palast lays it out:

    “Just after Bush’s inauguration in 2001, Chavez’s congress voted in a new “Law of Hydrocarbons.” Henceforward, Exxon, British Petroleum, Shell Oil and Chevron would get to keep 70 percent of the sales revenues from the crude they sucked out of Venezuela. Not bad, considering the price of oil was rising toward $100 a barrel.

    But to the oil companies, which had bitch-slapped Venezuela’s prior government into giving them 84 percent of the sales price, a cut to 70 percent was “no bueno.” Worse, Venezuela had been charging a joke of a royalty – just 1 percent – on “heavy” crude from the Orinoco Basin.

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  • Greg Palast reports: In Ohio, African-American Turnout Threatened by Reduced Early Voting and Faulty Ballots

    November 6, 2012

    “Ohio will probably pick our president today” says investigative reporter and author of the NYT bestseller Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Greg Palast who is reporting now from Ohio.

    As in all recent elections, Ohio again is a crucial state to win for either presidential candidate. And once again, Ohio is at the center of charges of systematic suppression of the African-American vote. In a report for Democracy Now!, investigative reporter Greg Palast discovers that some early voters in the Buckeye State have received the wrong ballots.

    Greg reveals that some early voters in Dayton, OH, who have stood in line for hours, have received “applications for absentee ballots” and were told that early voting = absentee ballots. This is not always the case, as between 1 and 3 million absentee ballots will be discarded. As Greg says, is this early voting or early voting suppression?

    Watch Greg’s report for Democracy Now here.

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  • UAW Charges Romney With Profiteering From Auto Bailout – Greg Palast speaks at the press conference

    November 2, 2012

    At a press conference yesterday in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), announced that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)  have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.

    The union chief says, “The American people have a right to know about Gov. Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue. It’s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.”

    “While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others,” King added.

    The Romneys’ gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a limited partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.  

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  • Mitt Romney: “I would never harm the US auto industry” Lies, lies, lies

    October 23, 2012

    Did you hear what Mitt Romney said in last night’s debate? That he would never do anything to hurt the US auto industry? Oh really? 

    Says Greg Palast, author of the NYT bestseller Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, ”as I reported in this week’s Nation magazine cover storyMitt Romney’s Bail-out Bonanza, the Romneys are in a special partnership with the vulture fund that bought Delphi, the former GM auto parts division.

    The Romney vulture fund investment syndicate shipped every single UAW production job – EVERY job – to China.

    Just after Nation broke the story, Washington newsletter The Hill received the Romneys admission of profiteering:

    “Romney’s campaign did not deny that he profited from the auto bailout in an email to The Hill, but it said the the report showed the Detroit intervention was ‘misguided.’”



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  • Greg Palast breaks news in The Nation and Democracy Now that Mitt Romney made at least $15 million in the auto bailout

    October 18, 2012

    Read the entire article at The Nation and see Greg interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

    Because Mitt Romney refuses to divulge his 2009 tax returns, journalist Greg Palast cannot prove just how many millions of dollars Romney made off of the auto bailout. But it is at least $15.3 million and likely more than $100 million. In today’s Nation cover story, Palast, who first broke the “hanging chad” story, and in 2000 revealed how Katherine Harris removed thousands of innocent Black citizens from voter rolls as “felons,” exposes that while Romney was saying “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” (New York Times OpEd, 2008), he was plotting a 3000% return on his investment in its resuscitation. 

    Adapted from a chapter in Greg Palast’s current New York Times bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps (Seven Stories Press), which has an introduction by Robert F.

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  • Greg Palast’s Billionaires & Ballot Bandits Debuts on the NYT Bestseller List

    October 1, 2012

    Greg Palast’s important new book on the billionaires behind the many acts of voter suppression that could lead to 5.9 million votes being stolen in the upcoming election has debuted on the New York Times bestseller list!

    Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, with comics by Ted Rall and an introduction by Robert F. Kennedy is #10 on the Paperback Nonfiction list.

    Greg will be speaking at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC on Monday, October 22nd.

    Check out this review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review:

    “Palast’s prose has a zippy, breathless quality that might put you in mind of Michael Moore — ‘How does a ballot get spoiled? Not by leaving it out of the fridge’ — but he’s also an expert in statistics who reports regularly for the BBC, Rolling Stone and other outlets.”

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  • Billionaires & Ballot Bandits excerpt on AlterNet

    September 28, 2012

    Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps by Greg Palast with a 50-page comic by Ted Rall and an intro by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is OUT NOW!

    AlterNet recently ran a great excerpt.

    Here’s a sample, below:

    Stop me if you heard this one. See, these ten nuns walk into a polling station in Indiana and the guy in charge says,  “Whoa, Sisters! What do think you’re doing?”

    “Voting,” says Sister Mary.

    “Well, not here, ladies; not without your ID!” He demanded their driver’s licenses, but the ten quite elderly Sisters of the Holy Cross, including a 98 year-old, had long ago given up cruising.

    “Scram, Sis!” said the man, and kicked their habits right out of the polling station.

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  • Greg Palast speaking in Portland

    September 26, 2012

    Greg Palast, says Noam Chomsky, “upsets all the right people,” and he’s coming to Portland on September 26th at 7:30pm at the Clinton Street Theater as part of the book tour for Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps
    As in the past, Greg has offered this speaking engagement as a benefit for KBOO, our dearly loved community radio station. Here’s what Greg has to say for himself”
    “If you’re not sick and outraged and ready to vomit, then don’t talk to me. When I see a cruel bucket of garbage and winky-winky racism and bullshit and venom like Paul Ryan talk to America like he’s some kind of Boy Scout, I want a gun, or a TV network where I can tell the truth or a giant washing machine to dunk America and rinse off the crud of lies and pure manipulative evil that they’re feeding us.

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  • Greg Palast speaking in Santa Rosa

    September 25, 2012

    How will 5.9 million votes be stolen in the upcoming election? Greg Palast, author of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits (released 9/18) will tell you how! Greg is speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Santa Rosa, CA on Tuesday, Sept 25th at 7pm, with hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff from Project Censored.

    Don’t miss this discussion on how the democratic process is being stolen from under our noses, and what can be done about it! 

    Greg Palast Book Tour
    Tuesday, September 25th @ 7 pm (doors open 6:45 pm)
    Glaser Center
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation
    547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

    Hosted by Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of Project Censored.
    Sponsors:  KRCB 91 FM – Telling Our Stories, Connecting Our Communities.

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  • Greg Palast speaking in Berkeley

    September 24, 2012

    Greg Palast predicts that up to 5.9 million votes will be stolen in the upcoming election. Who is stealing these votes and how are they doing it? Greg Palast reveals all in his upcoming book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, which features a 50-page political comic book by Ted Rall and an introduction by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    Greg Palast Book Tour
    Monday, September 24th @ 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
    St John’s Presbyterian Church
    2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA

    Hosted by Dennis Bernstein, Peter Phillips, Mickey Huff.

    Sponsored by KPFA – Flashpoints and Project Censored Radio.

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