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So that’s what community organizers do
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, October 08, 2008

If you've ever wondered what the acronym ACORN stands for, it stands for "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now". And, as you might imagine, it is an organization of and for community organizers.

As we learned when we took a peek at the original bailout bill put forward by Barny Franks and Chris Dodd, ACORN has some "federal connections". They're funded by your taxpayer dollars through a slush account called the Housing Trust Fund - we covered that here.

So what does ACORN do with those dollars? Well, they're in the lobbying and "activism" business.
Each ACORN office carries out multiple issue campaigns. ACORN members across the country work to raise the minimum wage or enact living wage policies; eliminate predatory financial practices by mortgage lenders, payday lenders, and tax preparation companies; win the development of affordable housing and community benefits agreements; improve the quality of and funding for urban public schools; rebuild New Orleans; and pass a federal and state ACORN Working Families Agenda, including paid sick leave for all full time workers.
Your tax dollars also go toward funding the ACORN Housing Corporation which provides "first time homeowner mortgage counseling and foreclosure prevention assistance, and low income housing development."

So here's an organization directly involved in expanding the debacle which has fomented this financial crisis and we find they're fueled by tax revenues.

ACORN is also involved extensively in voter registration, bragging on their website that they've "helped more than 1.7 million low- and moderate-income and minority citizens apply to register to vote."

Except many of those registrations have been fraudulent. The latest example comes from Nevada where, it seems, the Dallas Cowboy offensive lineup was featured among the ACORN registrations:
Secretary of State Ross Miller said the fraudulent registrations included forms for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

"Tony Romo is not registered to vote in the state of Nevada, and anybody trying to pose as Terrell Owens won't be able to cast a ballot on Nov. 4," Miller said.
Bertha Lewis, spokesperson for ACORN dismisses this as a systemic problem claiming the organization is intolerant of such activities:
"When we have identified suspicious applications, we have separated them out and flagged them for election officials. We have zero tolerance for fraudulent registrations. We immediately dismiss employees we suspect of submitting fraudulent registrations," she said. "Today's raid by the secretary of state's office is a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than discredit our work registering Nevadans and distracting us from the important work ahead of getting every eligible voter to the polls."
If that was the only case in which ACORN registrations were questioned and found, she might have an argument. But ACORN's fraud is legion. 5,000 ACORN registrants in St. Louis were sent letters by election officials asking the recipient to contact them. Fewer than 40 responded.

And ACORN's response? Much like it was in Nevada:
ACORN founder Wade Rathke responded to the Missouri findings by calling the election officials “slop buckets” and accusing them of having “broken the law in trying to discourage new voters illegally.”
In Kansas City, 15,000 ACORN registrations have been questioned and in November, 4 ACORN employees were indicted for fraud. Additionally ACORN officials have been indicted in Wisconsin and Colorado, and there are on-going investigations in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Tennessee.

Interesting, other than Tennessee, that they're all taking place in battle-ground states, isn't it?

And who has been an advocate for, worked with and trained members of ACORN?

Why "that one" of course. Brad O'Leary puts it all in context for you:
Following the DNC Convention, Saul Alinsky’s son, L. David Alinsky, wrote a letter to the Boston Globe. “Barack Obama’s training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing his effectiveness,” the son wrote. “I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It’s a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.”

The great community organizing Obama did was through the radical Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN is notoriously known for its radical, and often illegal, practices and adherence to the radical philosophy of Saul Alinsky. According to the Washington Post, Alinsky’s “disciples hired Barack Obama, a 23-year-old Columbia University graduate to organize black residents on the Southside, while learning and applying Alinsky’s philosophy of street level democracy.”

Recently the Obama campaign has sought to distance the Senator from the radical organization, claiming Obama merely represented ACORN in a lawsuit enforcing the Illinois “Motor Voter” law. Apparently the Obama campaign does not want Obama’s ties to an organization that has a “decade long history of voter fraud, embezzlement and misuses of taxpayer funds” that Consumer Rights League Chief Public Advocate, James Terry testified about last month to the House Judiciary. Alinsky wrote: “An organizer works for change…does not have a fixed truth – truth to him is relative and changing.”

Obama trained ACORN activists. A 1995 Chicago Reader article on Obama stated “Obama continues his work largely through classes for future leaders identified by ACORN and the Centers for New Horizons.” Obama also ran Project Vote, known for widespread voter fraud, which Time magazine called “a non-partisan arm” of ACORN. In a speech to ACORN in 2007, cited by Newsmax, Obama gushed “I have 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.”
I'm sure he does - especially their work in the key battle-ground states for this election.
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Looks like they are finally branching out of the Battleground States...

ACORNs in Connecticut.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Hey kids! Time to play Race Card!

Here’s some of the rules kids - if the card game isn’t going your way, you can play the RACE CARD!
When you do, all other players must immediately stop whatever it is they’re doing to make you uncomfortable or make you lose the hand and apologize while folding their own hands to allow you to win.

The wonderful thing about holding the Race Card is you never need to turn the card in, and can play it again and again and again.
Written By: looker
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But the AP tells me that ACORN is a "nonpartisan group." LOL.

I will say this about registering voters, which I have done before. You usually get paid per registration, so there is a big incentive for the actual people on the street to do some tricks. Back in 86 or 88 it was two bucks a head.

I was registering Republicans during the summer and didn’t really need the money, but I got a lot of people coming up to re-register as Republicans...seemed the Dem team was telling them they should register Democrat to "get both sides." Then later on they would come to their senses and see me and re-register. (We had a sign on our table saying "Republicans Register Here."

We had to register anyone from any party, though, and at the end of the day, we were told to put the non-Republicans into the nearest mail box and bring back the GOP ones to be paid. I made sure to do that, but I wonder if the Dem people would do that. (Not because they are bad people, but because it seemed like they were hiring people to "do a job" rather than depending on civic-minded volunteers.) I would see the oppo guys at supermarkets and we’d compare notes....most of them seemed like sales guys chasing people down in parking lots, thinking of ways to get their numbers up (the "get both sides" line.) etc.

I was just hanging out at my card table. Maybe I was a bad salesman. :)
Written By: Harun
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But the AP tells me that ACORN is a "nonpartisan group." LOL.
The MSM says a lot of things, most partially true but all according to the bias they have. Hard these days to get through J school and not be leftist. You get exiled and shunned if you don’t smell of the "right" politics.

Isn’t that what we are looking forward to? Glen Reynolds running gag about "they told me that X if George Bush was elected"
Written By: capt joe
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I just pray that the Dems have their ACORN registrations downloaded into their GOTV program. Come election day, there will be a lot of Dems wandering around trying to find T.O.’s house in Indianpolis.
Written By: Harun
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President Bush ought to issue an executive order directing that no registration turned in by ACORN will be considered a valid vote in Federal elections, then dispatch US Marshals to the polls to turn them away.
Written By: SDN
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House Republican leader John A. Boehner of Ohio escalated the war on ACORN today, calling for it to be cut off from all federal money and going so far as to call for a ban on ACORN contracting with candidates for federal office.

The organization "cannot be trusted with another dollar of the taxpayers’ money," says Boehner.

ACORN receives federal money through the affordable housing trust fund after that money has been sent to states and local governments. So Congress, to keep the group from getting money, would need to specifically forbid ACORN from being eligible to get federal funds.

"Contracting for services between candidates for federal office and ACORN, as Sen. Obama has done, must end," says Boehner. "Now that the taxpayers own Fannie Mae, any funding from Fannie Mae’s nonprofit foundation to ACORN must stop."
Wasn’t there a sheriff in Georgia(?) being investigated over a McCain campaign appearance .. meanwhile ACORN takes federal funds .. like the sheriff .. and then gets paid to do work for the Obama campaign .. unlike the sheriff, who does it for free.
Written By: Neo
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Barack Obama

Barack Obama is running to gain the Democratic ballot line for Illinois Senate 13th District. The 13th District is Alice Palmer’s old district, encompassing parts of Hyde Park and South Shore.

Mr. Obama graduated from Columbia University and promptly went into community organizing for the Developing Communities Project in Roseland and Altgeld Gardens on the far south side of Chicago. He went on to Harvard University, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated with a law degree. In 1992, he was Director of Illinois Project Vote, a voter registration campaign that made Carol Moseley Braun’s election to the U.S. Senate much easier than it would have been. At present, he practices law in Judson Miner’s law firm and is President of the board of the Annenberg Challenge Grant which is distributing some $50 million in grants to public school reform efforts.

What best characterizes Barack Obama is a quote from an article in Illinois Issues, a retrospective look at his experience as a community organizer while he was completing his degree at Harvard:

"... community organizations and organizers are hampered by their own dogmas about the style and substance of organizing. Most practice ... a ’consumer advocacy’ approach, with a focus on wrestling services and resources from outside powers that be. Few are thinking of harnessing the internal productive capacities, both in terms of money and people, that already exist in communities." (Illinois issues, September, 1988)

Luckily, Mr. Obama does not have any opposition in the primary. His opponents have all dropped out or were ruled off the ballot.
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