A personal note from Greg Palast
Weâ€™re close, so very close to finishing our new movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buyâ€”A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot BanditsÂ (out in 2016) but I urgently need your help to get us over the finish line.
You can truly make a difference by making a tax-deductible contribution to The Palast Investigative Fund and lend your vitally needed support for any amount, large or small.
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Can you help me make this film an event, a cause, and weapon for the new civil rights movement?
So whatâ€™s the story causing me to beg youÂ to come to our aid?
Our preliminary digging and film has distributors and networks salivating for our movie.Â So we have to get the rough cut into their hands for release and broadcast in time to prevent one more about-to-be-bent election.
On top of the vote scamming, weâ€™ve also gone undercover to get the story on the billionaires behind the vote heist.Â Â Twenty years ago, I made the first documentary ever on the Kochsâ€”a warning too long ignored.Â In this film, Iâ€™m on the trail of a billionaire even more influential, and even more damaging and greed-poisoned, than the Kochs.
The film you are supporting will anchor an entire educational campaign by our Foundation:Â our hard-core research will go to several voting rights groups who plan toÂ use our findings in a renewed national vote-protection campaign.
We have a multi-platform plan to grab the publicâ€™s attention and get folks moving into action. From the movie we will be generatingÂ a series of sure-to-go-viral videos, web and print news reports and even a comic book.
WhileÂ The BestÂ Democracy Money Can BuyÂ movieÂ will have heavyweight, real,Â no-BSÂ investigative reporting, it will present the eye-popping truth in anÂ eye-popping manner, with all the humor and heart you expect from a Palast film. Â Â We even have some surprise Cameos that will make this film an event.
I canâ€™t thank you enough for your support over these yearsâ€”not justÂ financial, but your vote of confidence in me and my teamâ€™s work. Itâ€™s what keeps us goingÂ in our darkest hours.
The stakes couldnâ€™t be higher.
51 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led a march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital.Â I have just returned from Selma where I met with some of the original Foot Soldiers.Â One, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was just a child of 14 then. Â She wasÂ beaten unconscious by state troopers and Klansmen.
Two weeks ago, Lynda crossed the bridge again, not to commemorate the victories of the past, but on a mission to restore the voting rights lost these past two years since the overturning of the core of the Voting Rights Act.
Hank Sanders, who marched into Montgomery with Dr. King, walked over the bridge with me.Â He isÂ SenatorÂ Sanders nowâ€”a symbol of the advance of civil rights.Â But heâ€™s also a victim of the New Klux Klan:Â the Senatorâ€™s name was wiped from the voter rolls by state officials whoâ€™ve traded their white sheets for spread sheets.
In investigating the attack on Sanders’ right to vote we discovered why just over oneÂ millionÂ Black namesâ€”and Asian, Hispanic and Jewish names â€“ are disappearing from voter rolls.Â It is our obligation, our commitment, to expose this new lynching by laptop.
So, once again, we have to walk over that Bridge â€“ in Selma, Alabama; in Tallahassee, Florida; in Phoenix, Arizona; in Dayton, Ohio.
Will you walk with me?
For 15 years, Greg Palast has been uncovering voter suppression tactics in investigative reports for BBC Television, The Guardian, Harperâ€™s and Rolling Stone.
In 2016 Greg Palast will be releasing his new feature filmÂ The Best Democracy Money Can Buyâ€”A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, which includes his award-winning investigation Jim Crow Returns.
Greg Palast is the author of severalÂ New York Times bestsellersÂ includingÂ The Best Democracy Money Can Buy andÂ Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse and the highly acclaimed Vultures’ Picnic.
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