Year: 2017

Gov. McAuliffe, End New Jim Crow
Voter Suppression Tactic

Greg Palast 

By Gary Flowers and Greg Palast for Richmond Free Press

Imagine a wonderful parting gift from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Imagine if Gov. McAuliffe put an end to Virginia’s strange and inexplicable participation in a GOP voter suppression trick that reeks of Jim Crow.

Since 2013, this stealth voter purge program has cost tens of thousands of Virginians of color their right to vote. It’s called …more

Legal victory stops steal in ‘Bama!
Well, almost…
Voting rights victory lasted just 9 hours:
Republican judges overturn ruling
to prevent ballot-box stuffing

Greg Palast 

I hope you savored the moment. Yesterday, Monday December 11, voting rights advocate John Brakey won a court order – in Montgomery, Alabama no less – requiring every county to keep copies of their ballots after the voting Tuesday.

Now, you may think that in a democracy, in the United States of America, in the 21st Century, you wouldn’t simply throw away ballots, announce a winner, and say, “trust us, we counted the ballots fairly.”

But this is not exactly America, nor the 21st Century.  This is Alabama; Alabama after the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Then, by 6pm Alabama time, the voting rights victory dance came to an end. GOP state officials, in an “ex-parte” (i.e. private) meeting with an Alabama Supreme Court judge, obtained a …more

TRO Saves Alabama Senate Race Ballot Images — Well, ALMOST!!!
A Republican, A Democrat, An Independent, And A Minister Walk Into An Alabama Court… And Successfully Sue To Preserve Digital Voting Records… UPDATE: Court Order Stayed In Ex-Parte Hearing

Greg Palast 

By Nicole Powers

Alabama Digital Ballot Image Preservation Preliminary Order

A group of Alabama voting rights activists have secured a temporary restraining order to stop digital election records being destroyed after Tuesday’s highly contentious Senate special election between Doug Jones (D) and Roy Moore (R). The preliminary injunction, issued by a Montgomery circuit court judge, orders all Alabama counties to save all digital copies of ballots that are created when vote counting machines scan paper ballots.



UPDATE 1: We just got a call from John Brakey and Chris Sautter from Alabama. The State Supreme Court, without a hearing, but on the pure “ex-parte” (i.e. private) complaint of the State, “stayed” — that is, OVERTURNED THIS MORNING’S RULING TO PRESERVE ALL BALLOTS!


The temporary restraining order …more

Judge Moore’s Campaign Chief
Directed Illegal Voter Caging

Greg Palast 

In 2004, BBC TV exposed Brett Doster, now Judge Roy Moore’s campaign chief, for illegally “caging” Black, Hispanic, and Jewish voters, a crime explained by Bobby Kennedy, Jr. in our film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

The Palast team got our hands on highly confidential documents from inside the George W. Bush campaign giving “BDoster@GeorgeWBush.org,” their Florida chief, one of several secret lists of voters to challenge.

They’d sent letters, for example, to soldiers at their home addresses, where they were legally  registered, while they served overseas.   When the letters came back to the RNC as “addressee not home,” the “caged” letters were used …more

Lower East Side People vs Trump
NY Credit Union Sues To Save Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Greg Palast 

By Nicole Powers

Lower East Side People's Credit Union Take On Trump

The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union has filed a lawsuit to block Donald Trump from installing Mick Mulvaney as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by New York law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP on behalf of the not-for-profit credit union, which is owned by its 8,500 members and serves predominantly low-income New York residents under a unique federal charter. …more