I was in Georgiaâ€™s 6th Congressional District to investigate strange doings in the race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel (who received an endorsementâ€”and kiss on the lipsâ€”from President Trump).
Handel was happy as a Smurf doll when I asked her if the Democrats were stealing the election. (“Theyâ€™re pulling out all the stops!!”)
But when I asked about Republican Jim Crow tactics Iâ€™d uncovered, it got real ugly. First, a deep-fry-bloated goon jumped between me and the candidate then pushed me backwards. A second grabbed my arm while a third started muscling me around.
Wow! And only because I askedâ€”quite politelyâ€”if in her prior post as Georgiaâ€™s Secretary of State, sheâ€™d cleansed the voter rolls of voters of color.
It was, honestly, more comical than threatening.Â Is this the new Republican method of answering uncomfortable questions?
The bigger story in the report is my hunt to answer the question: How did tens of thousands of voter registrations simply VANISH?
And why did Georgia Republican officials use Gestapo-style tactics to raid the offices of the Asian-American voter registration drive?
Youâ€™ll hear Georgia Project leader Nse Ufot explain that 40,000 voters theyâ€™d registered never got on the rolls. The Republican Secretary of State denied theyâ€™d received the forms â€” but the Project had the photocopies! Now, Ufot faces criminal charges similar to the threats used to destroy the Asian-American vote drive.
And behind it all is Trumpâ€™s new “Elections Integrity Commission” chieftain Kris Kobach, who created a 606,708-name voter purge list for GOP officials. You read that number right.
As Dee Hunter of the Washington DC Civil Rights Center tells us, Ossoff already won. He fell just 3,700 votes short of an outright win in the first round of voting, but was denied victory by this onslaught of New Jim Crow tactics. If these tactics steal the Sixth, theyâ€™ll roll them out nationwide.
The report cost our foundation $27,000 to produce. A donor promised to cover the cost â€” then vanished like a Georgia voter. So my investigations team is deep in the hole. When the funding disappeared, we continued: the trail was too hot, the facts so chilling and important, we chose to continue and put the truth on credit cards.
We are preparing an “Activist” update of our film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buyâ€”a shortened versionÂ specifically designed to open action meetings. Our first outing was right there in Georgiaâ€™s Sixth, at the Eagles Nest Church, Lee Jenkins, Pastor. You saw him in the Democracy Now! report. He screened The Best Democracy Money Can Buy then hosted a confab with the NAACP, Common Cause, ACLU, Georgia Project and many luminaries of the new voting rights movement, organized by Hunter of The Civil Rights Center.
This butt-kicking team is going on the roadâ€”to Virginia next month, then Michigan, Ohio and wherever votes and voters are at risk. We will be there with them, with the facts.
Or, get the combo of the full-length film on DVD, with the book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, signedâ€¦and Iâ€™ll add in a link for you to stream it (in case you donâ€™t have a DVD player). Already have the DVD and book? Well, get more, hand them out â€” and stir up trouble. The trouble I call “democracy.”
Excuse me while I answer the door. Itâ€™s the wolf, and I want to tell him to hold off because you are coming to our rescue.
Palast Investigations Team canâ€™t thank you enough.
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Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, now out as major motionÂ non-fiction movie.
Palast is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Armed Madhouse and BBC Newsnight book of the Year Vultures’ Picnic.
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