Greg Palast

Palast's investigation into the Bush family fortunes for his column in ''The Observer'' led him to uncover a connection to a company called ChoicePoint. In an October 2008 interview Palast said that before the 2000 Election ChoicePoint "was purging the voter rolls of Florida under a contract with a lady named Katherine Harris, the Secretary of State. They won a contract, a bid contract with the state, with the highest bid." - wikipedia

Palast appeared in the 2003 documentary film, ''Florida Fights Back! Resisting the Stolen Election'', along with Vincent Bugliosi, former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and author of ''The Betrayal of America''. Palast also appeared in the 2004 documentary ''Orwell Rolls in His Grave'', which focuses on the hidden mechanics of the media.

In May 2007, Palast said he'd received 500 emails that former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove exchanged through an account supplied by the Republican National Committee. Palast says the emails show a plan to target likely U.S. Democratic Party voters with extra scrutiny over their home addresses, and he also believes Rove's plan was a factor in the firing of U.S. Attorneys.

After Palast was invited by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to appear on his Air America (radio network) talk show to discuss, among other things, election fraud, the pair teamed up to find out if democracy was in a better state in 2008. In their report, which was published in October 2008 in ''Rolling Stone'', they concluded that the 2008 election had already been stolen. "If Democrats are to win the 2008 election, they must not simply beat John McCain at the polls -- they must beat him by a margin that exceeds the level of GOP vote tampering", Palast and Kennedy summarized.

To combat the extensive acts of voter suppression that Palast and Kennedy uncovered, the duo launched a campaign called Steal Back Your Vote, which features a website and free downloadable voter guide / adult comic book.

__Gregory Allyn "Greg" Palast__ (born June 26, 1952) is an author and a freelance journalism who often worked for the BBC and ''The Guardian''. His work frequently focuses on corporation malfeasance but he has also worked with labor unions and Consumer organizations - wikipedia

Greg Palast. American journalist - wikimedia

# Presidential elections

Palast's investigation into the Bush family fortunes for his column in ''The Observer'' led him to uncover a connection to a company called ChoicePoint. In an October 2008 interview Palast said that before the 2000 Election ChoicePoint "was purging the voter rolls of Florida under a contract with a lady named Katherine Harris, the Secretary of State. They won a contract, a bid contract with the state, with the highest bid." - wikipedia

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# Long Island Lighting Company

In 1988, Palast directed a U.S. racketeering investigation into the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant project, under construction by Stone & Webster and Long Island Lighting Company. A jury awarded the plaintiffs US$4.8 billion; however, New York (state)'s federal judge Jack B. Weinstein, reversed the verdict, and the case was later settled for $400 million.

The racketeering charges stemmed from an accusation that LILCO filed false documents in order to secure rate increases. LILCO sought a dismissal of these charges on the grounds that Suffolk County, New York lacked authority under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and that the allegations of a history of racketeering did not qualify as a continuing criminal enterprise - wikipedia

# Exxon Valdez

Palast has also taken issue with the official story behind the grounding of the ''Exxon Valdez'', claiming the sobriety of the ''Valdez__s captain was not an issue in the accident. According to Palast, the main cause of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 was not human error, but an Exxon decision not to use the ship's radar in order to save money. The Raytheon Raycas radar system would not have detected Bligh Reef itself - as radar, unlike sonar, is incapable of detecting submerged objects. The radar system would have detected the radar reflector, placed on the next rock inland from Bligh Reef for the purpose of keeping vessels on course via radar - wikipedia

Palast points out that the original owners of the land, the local Alaska Natives tribe, took only one dollar in payment for the land with a promise not to pollution it and spoil their fishing and seal hunting grounds.

# UK "LobbyGate" Scandal

In 1998, working as an undercover reporter for ''The Observer'', Palast, posing as a US businessman with ties to Enron, caught on tape two Labour party insiders, Derek Draper and Jonathan Mendelsohn (lobbyist), boasting about how they could sell access to government ministers, obtain advance copies of sensitive reports, and create tax breaks for their clients - wikipedia

Draper denied the allegations. At Prime Minister's Question Time July 8, 1998 Great Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed that all the specific claims had been investigated and found groundless: "every allegation made in The Observer has been investigated and found to be untrue".

# Vulture funds

Starting in 2007 Palast published a series of investigations on what aid groups and investors call "vulture funds". A vulture fund is a private equity or hedge fund where companies or people buy the debt of a poor country and litigate to recover the funds, often at the expense of aid and debt relief. Prime Minister Gordon Brown commented on the practices saying "We particularly condemn the perversity where Vulture Funds purchase debt at a reduced price and make a profit from suing the debtor country to recover the full amount owed - a morally outrageous outcome" - wikipedia

In 2014 Palast detailed the workings of vulture funds during the crisis of the American automotive industry:

# Interstate Crosscheck

Palast has conducted a multi-year investigation into Kansas Secretary of State (U.S. state government) Kris Kobach's Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program (commonly referred to as "Crosscheck"). The program utilizes states' voter registration lists to match possible "double voters," using their first and last names and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

In 2014, Palast investigated Crosscheck for ''Al Jazeera America,'' finding that the program was inherently biased toward removing minority voters from states' voter rolls. In 2016, he followed up with a documentary film, ''The Best Democracy Money Can Buy'', along with an article ("The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters" ) for ''Rolling Stone'' magazine - wikipedia

# Newsnight

Since 2000, Greg Palast has made more than a dozen films for the BBC programme ''Newsnight'' with the Investigations Producer Meirion Jones, which have been broadcast in the UK and worldwide. In addition to the films on US elections they have investigated oil companies, the Iraq War, the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'├ętat attempt, and the vulture funds which target the poorest countries - wikipedia

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