Fantastic Didactic Weekend Flick Pick (June 9-11, 2017): Greg Palast’s ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits’ (2016 Documentary) (VIDEO)

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is arguably one of the most important journalists in American history, uncovering deeply troubling cases of massive fraud and corruption  wherever he looks, from giant Arctic oil spill cover-ups and the huge 2002 corporate Enron scandal to the theft of the 2000 U.S. presidential election and every subsequent case of election fraud in every national election since, most recently Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach‘s Interstate Crosscheck program that played a significant role in securing Donald Trump‘s 2016 Electoral College victory by purging over 7 million legitimate voters off the rolls.

Palast’s first book ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy’ was published in 2002, detailing the facts and evidence around the fraud perpetrated in Florida that stole the 2000 Presidential election for George W. Bush, a story so explosive that he had to take it to the UK in order to be published, as no American newspaper dared to touch it.

Here is the summary of the 2016 Greg Palast documentary from the film’s official website:

“Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, the secret purge list that helped steal the 2016 Election.

Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these “suspects” are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential”.

Palast and his investigative side-kick Badpenny what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyze it and go find some of these 7.2 million Americans tagged “suspects” and “potential duplicate voters”.

They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his “lynching by laptop.” Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam. The search takes Palast from Kansas to the Arctic, the Congo, and to a swanky Hamptons dinner party held by Trump’s sugar-daddy, John Paulson, a.k.a. “JP The Foreclosure King.”

Palast and Badpenny stake out top GOP donors, the billionaire known as “The Vulture” and the Koch brothers, whom Palast nails with a damning tape recording.

This real life detective story is told in a film noir style with cartoon animations, secret documents, hidden cameras, and a little help from ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ detectives, Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson and Ed Asner, Palast and his associates expose the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.”

Watch the full movie below:

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