In response to the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, controversial filmmaker and writer Michael Moore has tried - and failed - to withdraw copies of his book from the state.
He wrote on his blog that he "will ask my publisher to pull my book from every Georgia bookstore and if they won't do that I will donate every dime of every royalty my book makes in Georgia to help defeat the racists and killers who run that state."
However, he told Current TV's Countdown with Keith Olbermann that his publisher Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, "just told me that they can't. They can't recall the books. So I am going to go to the next step then. I'm going to write a big check to the Innocence Project, who have gotten hundreds of people exonerated who were sitting in prisons […] I'm also going to fund […] voter drives in Georgia - there's 600,000 African-Americans in the last election that were not registered to vote. I will get behind whatever drive there is in Georgia to register our fellow Americans who are African-Americans, so that they have a chance to have their voice heard. This has got to be stopped."
A spokesman for Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “We think it’s cute that he thinks anyone in Georgia would buy his book, but if any Georgian does, I’m happy to double the royalties and buy a pack of gum for a charity of Michael Moore’s choice."
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