Tales From the Crypt of Democracy by New York Times-bestselling authors Greg Palast and Ted Rall
Greg Palast‘s forthcoming book, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps is due in stores September 18. And we’ve got a first look at Ted Rall‘s Tales from the Crypt of Democracy a 48-page piece of comics journalism contained within.
Rall’s comic, based on journalism by Palast, marks the second major collaboration between the pair, the first being 2008’s Steal Back Your Vote, written by Palast, Rall and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and featuring art by Rall, Lukas Ketner and Lloyd Dangle. Like that comic, which was published by Top Shelf Productions and distributed by The Nation, this new comic gives voters ideas to reclaim their right to vote if they’re being challenged or have been removed from the rolls by shady political operatives that have loyalty to a particular party rather than American democracy.
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.