Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy by Liveright

Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy by Liveright

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In 2010 the Republicans literally made gerrymandering into a science. Their plan, REDMAP — Redistricting Majority Project — redrew congressional districts, especially in battleground states, in their party’s favor. “Control redistricting,” Daley writes, “Rove understood, and you could control Congress.” The best parts of “Ratf**ked” are the details illustrating the treasure trove the Republicans bought for the mere $30 million that REDMAP cost.

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The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting.

With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks?known to political insiders as “ratf**king”?to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history. 5 maps

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