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  • Published: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: Seven Stories Press 1st ed.
  • Description: 300 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781609804787
  • 1609804783

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Billionaires & ballot bandits : how to steal an election in 9 easy steps

by Palast, Greg.

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Call number: 324.78 Pa

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"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: Election Games 2012 might be the most important book published this year--one that could save the election._ 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"

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Buying votes by restricting voters

The book covers how the wealthy are manipulating the voting process by not only funding the super-PACs but also using money for methods (mostly illegal) to limit the number of registered voters among the following poor groups (Blacks, Hispanic, Indians, Jewish, Aged, Military, and College Students) in the United States. The process is advertised as a method to stop fraudulent voting by unqualified individuals which very rarely occurs (less than lightning strikes). Much more frequently the elections process has problems with illegal vote counts caused by human error or ballot recording machines (intentionally or otherwise). These efforts are combined with attempts to electronically count the ballots so no accurate recount record can be obtained. Computer programs are run to purge large numbers of qualified voters. Included in this group are college students with two addresses, military families with two addresses, people with name close to felons names from other states like Johnson (it should be noted that only three states have laws which exclude ex-felons from voting, etc... When people find out they have been purge many are given a provisional ballot which are often not approved. No notification is sent to the people who have been purged or if the provisional ballots were used. Interesting reading.

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