The Grift Goes On!

You know how it is. You push the handle, the water swirls around and around, but not every turd goes down with the first flush. Or the second. Or the third. Such is the case with the little “Stop the Steal” criminal who these days goes by the moniker Ali Alexander. I knew him when he was Ali Abdul Razaq Akbar.

I love seeing stories about this clown pop up on the Internet. Each bit of attention he calls to himself means we are a day closer to seeing him frog marched by Federal Marshals to begin a return trip behind bars. I have my popcorn ready.

Ali “Alexander” showed up again today on the laudable Right Wing Watch website.

After months of hosting rallies peddling the Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and calling for “rebellion” and “revolution” against the government, Ali Alexander is now claiming that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was a government “psyop.”

Ali is sad because being one of the leading figures in the “Stop the Steal” rally that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection, he claims that his pockets aren’t as deep as those of Donald Trump or fellow insurrectionist Roger Stone.

Fighting a subpoena, he added, is a “$250,000 litigation bill.”

“Alex [Jones] can afford that, Trump can afford that. I can’t, I just can’t, OK,” Alexander complained. “I’m also in a multimillion dollar civil suit, where eight police officers who failed us are actually suing me and Trump and Roger. So I have like five legal cases going on. I can’t afford to spend a quarter million dollars on one.”

Same site as above.

He can’t afford a proper defense, he whines. And he wants YOU to pay for it.

Of course, such claims segued nicely into his plea for money at the end of the interview, pointing listeners to Give Send Go, a Christian fundraising platform that has hosted the campaigns of right-wing extremists, including his own.

Same site as above.

How very, very, very “Ali” of him. Complain about being a victim, hold out the hand for donations. The very sort of thing that several blogging colleagues of mine and I helped to stomp out nearly 10 years ago when he was still Ali Abdul Razaq Akbar, convicted felon and credit card fraud artist.

His hair looks nicer now.

I have been tracking the career of this criminal for nearly 10 years. When he formed the now defunct “National Bloggers Club,” he sought donations claiming the club was a tax-exempt 501(c)3. I contacted him and asked him about that, since a 501(c)3 must, by nature, be non-partisan and his group was clearly pro-right-wing. He hung up on me, blocked me, and refused to respond to e-mails. I contacted the IRS which confirmed the club was, in fact, NOT eligible for that status.

The full story here.

In late 2013 when I was writing for OpEd News, I wrote this story that delved into the little grifter’s past and (at the time) present brushes with separating fools from their money.

The best bit of writing on the web about the skeezy little conman was penned by my friend Matt Osborne, a piece I co-authored with Alex Brant-Zawadski with help from Melissa Brewer that can be found here on the Crooks and Liars platform.

Akbar was accused of discussing election fraud tactics. The accuser, Joey A. Dauben, was a former colleague. In coverage of the controversy, Akbar was frequently and mistakenly identified as a John McCain campaign staffer due to his involvement in Bloggers for McCain, a “cooperating” website independent from the campaign itself. Akbar also caught flak for “scrubbing the web” to cover the tracks of Michael Meissner, a former police chief who was charged with posing as a woman and soliciting photos of underaged boys

In April 2008, Akbar pleaded guilty to the debit card fraud and was sentenced to four years probation and restitution of the stolen money. His probation ended in May of this year. In the meantime, Akbar has built quite a blog empire for himself — and runs it from his mother’s house.

After all this, I wrote the definitive book about Ali and his nest of grifters.

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Like I said at the outset, I’ve been watching for years as this little turd keeps bobbing up in the toilet bowl. Will he go down this time? Remains to be seen. I have it on good authority that he’s been singing like Sammy Davis, Jr. to the Feds. Or else, he just thinks he’s gonna get away with it — again.

After all…

“I’m really smart,” Alexander replied.