Posts tagged “Greg Palast”

  • 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 speaks at Busboy & Poets Bookstore

    October 22, 2012

    Teaching for a Change’s Busboys & Poets Bookstore welcomes Greg Palast to speak about Billionaires and Ballot Bandits on Monday, October 22nd at 6:30pm.

    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 B&BB 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.

    Check out the book trailer online!

    To find out more about the event, visit the Busboy & Poets event page.

    Greg Palast Book Tour
    Monday, October 22 @6:30pm
    Teaching for a Change’s Busboys & Poets Bookstore
     2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C.

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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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  • Greg Palast speaking at DC Green Festival

    September 30, 2012

    Greg Palast will be exposing the theft of the 2012 election on the Main Stage at the DC Green Festival Sunday, September 30th at noon in a talk based off his book, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits.

    They almost did it in 2008- will they succeed this election? Come listen to Palast talk about “the incredible hidden story that’s going to blow the doors off the Vote Suppressors, the Election Trolls and the Democracy Demons that are trying to steal this election.” (

    The dark-arts of vote theft was seemingly secret, but not anymore.

    Check out the book trailer to hear more. To find out more about the DC Green Festival, go to their website.

    Greg Palast
    Sunday, September 30 @12pm
    DC Green Festival, Main Stage
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC


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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 Seattle

    September 27, 2012

    Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, now featured on AlterNet, is exposing the Republican dark-arts of winning elections. To hear author Greg Palast talk about his new book, on sale now, join us for his book tour, hitting Seattle Thursday, September 27.

    For a look at the book, check out the book trailer here. To find out more about Greg Palast speaking in Seattle, go to the Town Hall events page.

    Greg Palast Book Tour
    Thursday, September 27 @ 7:30pm
    Seattle Town Hall
    1119 8th avenue, Seattle WA

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