What brought me to this post, was this article in my email. It got me to thinking about Whistle Blower Anita Moncreif & how she broke the story & it was posted here the day after You will also find the donor list there.
* Since then, Anita has update the story here (Facts Obama Doesn’t Want You to Connect
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch wrote this OpEd in the Washington Examiner
~ ACORN is a wart that can’t be burned off.
Following the release of videos last year showing ACORN employees advising investigative journalists on how to skirt housing, child prostitution and tax laws, many speculated that the scandal would finally spell the end of the corrupt “community organization.”
But today ACORN is alive and well, splintered into rebranded local chapters across the country.
“The letters A, C, O, R and N are coming off office doors from New York to California,” AP reported recently. “Business cards are being reprinted. New signs with new names are popping up in front of offices.”
~NOTE: You can see the “Offshoots” of ACORN here , that I gathered a month before JUST Piper opened in April.
Meanwhile, ACORN’s “partner in crime,” Project Vote, has just launched a new “non-partisan” voter registration campaign in partnership with the Sierra Club.
Under the auspices of its “Voting for America” program, Project Vote will handle “the development of voter registration and quality control protocols; assistance with recruitment, training, and supervision of canvassers; training and materials; and legal services.”
Apparently the Sierra Club is unconcerned that Project Vote employees have been under investigation – and convicted – in a number of states for voter registration fraud. The goal of the voter drive is to “help over 50,000 students of community and four-year colleges in seven states register to vote for the 2010 election.”
Vote for whom, you might ask? We all know the answer to that.
Back in 2006, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) regarding a Project Vote/ACORN collaboration during the 2004 campaign cycle.
According to a draft plan crafted by Brian Kettenring, Project Vote’s Head Organizer in Florida, the ultimate goal of this campaign was to “defeat George W. Bush and other Republicans by increasing Democrat turnout in a close election…and…catalyze the construction of permanent progressive political infrastructure that will help redirect Florida politics in a more progressive, Democratic direction.”
So much for being non-partisan.
This month, Judicial Watch obtained batch of documents from the FEC related to the ACORN complaint, including the final draft of Kettenring’s plan.
ACORN staff wisely scrubbed the most partisan language and persuaded the FEC to dispose of the complaint against it. The words “Democrat” and “Liberal” were replaced by the word “Progressive,” for example. But I think few Americans would be persuaded by such gamesmanship.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to evidence of ACORN political partisanship and corruption.
Earlier this year, Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Missouri, workers from ACORN for violation of election laws and voter fraud.
The documents include handwritten notes from FBI investigators interviewing, among others, canvassers. Among the shocking details from the FBI’s interview notes: “ACORN HQ is wkg for the Democratic Party.” Here are a few other highlights.
# [ACORN] “Told employees not to talk to the FBI. ‘FBI trying to intimidate you.’”
* To cause confusion on election day to keep polls open longer
* To allow people who can’t vote to vote.
* To allow to vote multiple times.
# Project Vote will pay them whether cards fake or not – whatever they had to do to get the cards was attitude.
# Constantly threatened
# Staff restricted on what to say to FBI
# “Poverty pimpin” [sic] ACORN
# PV [Project Vote] pays ACORN $6.00 per card…Said “You treat the cards like (cash) $”
# Some [names] went right from the phone book and made up the rest.
# Canvassers: homeless, volatile, drug users, drunks…
# Anyone who was against PV (Project Vote) or ACORN’s goals “right wing”
# She thought if she used a completely fake name it would be less like ID Theft… ”Yeah, it’s against the law, I know.”
In April 2008, all eight ACORN employees involved in the scandal pled guilty to voter registration fraud.
In March 2010, Judicial Watch obtained a separate batch of FBI documents detailing federal investigations into alleged ACORN corruption and voter registration fraud in Connecticut. The FBI and Department of Justice initiated these investigations.
However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws.
Remember, this is the same organization that paid “lazy crack heads” to fraudulently register voters, including names like “Mickey Mouse” and “Donald Duck.” .
Given all of this evidence, much of it contained in the files of various government agencies, why has there been no comprehensive Obama Justice Department investigation of an organization deemed by at least one congressional report to be a “criminal enterprise”?
Perhaps it has something to do with President Obama’s close ties to ACORN, which is detailed on Obama’s own 2008 campaign website:
“When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education.
“Senator Obama said ‘I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.’”
Well now, ACORN is smack dab in the middle of a massive political corruption scandal.
The calls for the Obama Justice Department to launch a comprehensive probe of ACORN’s activities have been loud and persistent. And they have fallen on deaf ears.
Now is the time for a special prosecutor to do the job the
Obama administration is unwilling to do: protect our elections from fraud and hold ACORN and its ally Project Vote accountable to the rule of law.
Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch.
“The duty of citizens to support the laws of the land is coequal with the duty of their Government to enforce the laws which exist… Our whole system of self-government will crumble either if officials elect what laws they will enforce or citizens elect what laws they will support. The worst evil of disregard for some law is that it destroys respect for all law.”
- Herbert Hoover, (1874 – 1826) who was 31st president from 1929 to 1933 spoken in his inaugural address of Monday, March 4,1929.