Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

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Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

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: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps 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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  1. Comment by J.B. Lyle:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Who’s stealing your vote and how to stop them, September 19, 2012
    J.B. Lyle (Queen Creek, AZ) –

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    Urgently recommended, because it’s about who’s buying and stealing American elections, how they do it, and how to keep them from getting away with it.

    Having read this author’s other books, most recently Vultures’ Picnic, I already knew he wrote with ferocious, if often appropriately hilarious, journalistic passion–plausibly claiming, however, to be non-partisan. In light of what he writes about the Clintons and Obama as well as Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, it does appear that he turns a blind eye to nothing and puts it all out there. Based on the evidence in this book, today in our country one political party is the overwhelming champ at wielding money to influence voters–and in case that alone doesn’t produce the desired outcomes, disenfranchising them. One state’s House Leader notoriously acknowledged–though he didn’t intend a tape of this to reach a general audience–the real purpose of burdensome new voter ID laws, which he said would allow his party’s presidential candidate to win his state.

    Other methods of suppressing or stealing votes include purging and/or caging voter lists, as well as spoiling, ejecting, blocking, rejecting, “prestidigitizing,” tossing, and stuffing ballots. If the reader isn’t clear on how any of these methods work, not to worry, it’s all explained, complete with photos and documents. As in his other books, Palast provides links to additional layers of information. In the middle of this one is a comic book by widely-published Ted Rall, as funny as it is full of facts.

    Palast, an investigative journalist, or “gumshoe,” as he calls himself, tells the reader who the Billionaires of the title are, what they’ve done to get so rich and what they’re doing to get even richer. They want it all and they’re on their way to rigging the system even more in their favor than it already is. But, we’re urged, don’t despair! Palast lists things we can do to ensure that: (a) we get to vote, and, (b) our vote is counted. As Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says in his Introduction, “There’s still time to steal back your vote.” Good news, in the runup to an election as serious as a heart attack.

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