Obama and Acorn
Obama’s most dangerous tie is to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN. ACORN boasts a membership of over 400,000 low-to moderate income families in more than 1200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the country. They work on various issues but are most known for voter registration drives, with claims they are a non-partisan group. Nothing is farther from the truth.
ACORN has been prosecuted in several states already for voter fraud. The most notable states are Washington state where they were fined $25,000 and Missouri where seven people were indicted and eventually found guilty of voter fraud by the US Department of Justice.
ACORN is also currently under investigation or suspected of fraud in NINE states: Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, North Carolina and Kansas. Most of the states involved are swing states.
To really drive home how ACORN has or is affecting the November election, I am including an excerpt from Consumer Rights League, Chief Advocate James Terry’s testimony to Congress:
Terry Stated “It Is Fair To Question How Many Fraudulent Registrations”
Submitted By ACORN May “Lead To Fraudulent Votes,” And Also Pointed Out
That ACORN May Be “Willing To Undertake” Other Actions “To Influence
The Election.” James Terry: “Furthermore, as this mega organization
with a decades long history of violating the law is turned to get out
the vote efforts, we believe it is fair to question how many fraudulent
registrations may lead to fraudulent votes or what other activities
they are willing to undertake to influence the election.”
(“CRL Testimony On ACORN’s Voter Fraud,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/08)
ACORN’s largest organization exists in Chicago. And it is in Chicago that Obama first worked with ACORN on a “project vote” campaign during his community organizing days.
At this time he was noticed by Madeleine Talbott, the director of the Chicago Operations. She hand picked Obama to train her staff. When Obama returned to Chicago in the 90s, Madeleine Talbott was just beginning to make her run on banks. More from the Republican National Committee (RNC):
Obama Directed Project Vote And Later Taught Classes For “Future Leaders Identified By ACORN And The Centers For New Horizons.” “He [Obama] says he is drawn to politics, despite its superficialities, as a means to advance his real passion and calling: community organization. … In 1992 Obama took time off to direct Project Vote, the most successful grass-roots voter- registration campaign in recent city history. Credited with helping elect Carol Moseley-Braun to the U.S. Senate, the registration drive, aimed primarily at African-Americans, added an estimated 125,000 voters to the voter rolls — even more than were registered during Harold Washington’s mayoral campaigns. ‘It’s a power thing,’ said the brochures and radio commercials. … Obama continues his organizing work largely through classes for future leaders identified by ACORN and the Centers for New Horizons on the south side.”
(Hank De Zutter, Op-Ed, “What Makes Obama Run?” ChicagoReader, 12/8/95)
Through Talbott’s direct action tactics, she forced banks to make riskier and riskier loans. Obama helped fund her Chicago branch of ACORN with funds funneled through the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenburg Challenge (where he was a board member with William Ayers, the “unrepentant domestic terrorist”) encouraging Talbott to do more and more.
Read Stanley Kurtz, O’s Dangerous Pals, subtitle Barack’s Organizer Buds Pushed for Bad Mortgages to understand the role ACORN played in the subprime mortgage debacle.
Obama not only funded Chicago ACORN, he trained their personnel in leadership and he was their attorney. Obama was also the lawyer for ACORN in at least two court challenges, one on motor voter registration in Illinois and the other on banking practices.
In short Obama knows all about ACORN’s strong arm tactics. More from the RNC website:
While Serving On The Board Of Directors Of The Woods Fund, ACORN Received Thousands Of Dollars Of Grants From The Organization:
The Chicago ACORN Received Grants Of $45,000 (2000), $30,000 (2001), $45,000 (2001), $30,000 (2002), And $40,000 (2002) From The Woods Fund.
(Donors Forum Website, ifs.donorsforum.org, Accessed 6/10/08)
NOTE: From 1993 To 2002, Barack Obama Served On The Board Of Directors
For The Woods Fund. (Tim Novak and Fran Spielman, “Obama Helped Ex-Boss
Get $1 Mil. From Charity,” Chicago Sun-Times, 11/29/07)
ACORN and Obama have a “you pat my back, I’ll pat your back relationship.”
Since Obama had done so much for ACORN, Talbott and ACORN in general endorsed Obama for president in February 2008. Read about that endorsement here.
Their endorsement wasn’t free. They have been working for Obama this year doing GOTV and voter registration drives. Obama was paying ACORN under the table by using another ACORN subsidiary, Citizen’s Services Inc, as a front company.
Obama’s Campaign Paid Over $800,000 To ACORN For Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts, But “Mistakenly Misrepresented” Their Work To The FEC:
Obama’s Campaign “Paid More Than $800,000″ To ACORN For Get-Out-The Vote Efforts; The Campaign Originally “Misrepresented” The Group’s Work To The FEC. “U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat’s campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports. An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. — a subsidiary of ACORN — worked in ‘get-out-the-vote’ projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary.”
(David M. Brown, “Obama To Amend Report On $800,000 In Spending,” Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/22/08)
Make no mistakes folks, Obama is trying to cheat his way through the November election aided by his longtime co-horts, ACORN. If you do nothing else today, tell five friends and ask them to tell five friends….in a few days we will have told the whole country! Some will not listen because they are drunk on koolaid. Then there will be that one, ten or even a million undecided voters who hears about Obama and ACORN and it will be his defeat.
Please while you are at it, Make A Sign…. put it in your yard, ANYBODY BUT OBAMA….. when people ask you why you have that particular sign in your yard, hand them a printed copy of this blog and ask them to read it and pass it on! Say thank you! And have a nice day. I can’t impress upon you enough that one person you speak to may be the one vote, the one vote that keeps Obama and his dangerous pals out of our White House!
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