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Barack Obama, cool and collected, misrepresented, obfuscated and denied his connections to ACORN, the disreputable organization in the news for voter fraud across the country. The FBI is now investigating the community activist group, and looking at results of recent raids for evidence of a coordinated national scam. Last night he said :
“Now, with respect to ACORN, ACORN is a community organization. Apparently what they’ve done is they were paying people to go out and register folks, and apparently some of the people who were out there didn’t really register people, they just filled out a bunch of names.
It had nothing to do with us. We were not involved. The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN was I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.
Factcheck.org response: (or as some people call it whitewash.org)
He did, but that wasn’t his only involvement. He also worked closely with ACORN’s Chicago office when he ran a Project Vote registration drive after law school, and Obama did some leadership training for Chicago ACORN. The Woods Fund, where Obama served as a board member gave grants to ACORN’s Chicago branch; both organizations are concerned with disadvantaged populations in that city. And during the primaries of this election, Obama’s campaign paid upwards of $800,000 to the ACORN-affiliated Campaign Services Inc. for get-out-the-vote efforts (not voter registration). Those services were initially misrepresented on the campaign’s Federal Election Commission reports, and error that some find suspicious and others say is par for the course. ACORN’s Chicago office and CSI have not been under investigation.
Stanley Kurtz, careful scholar, and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Institute, has been investigating Barack Obama’s background with ACORN. This brief article covers his findings, and contains links to his longer pieces.
ACORNs activities should be of deep concern to every American. In Ohio, Democrat Secretary of State Jennifer Bruner has said that a preliminary review has shown that the eligibility of nearly one-third of newly registered voters is in question — something around 200,000 voters. She is being forced by a court order to admit that she has been hiding these registrations. Here in Washington State, ACORN has turned in 40,000 new voters. There are claims of fraud in most states, and the numbers of “new” registrations turned in is staggering.
The Obama campaign claims that criticism of ACORN is meant to suppress the vote — like registering the entire Dallas Cowboys roster in Nevada? Certainly one would think that ACORN did not instruct its workers to just make up names instead of actually registering voters, but then why is it so widespread across the country? Is the attempt to simply flood election officials with more ballots than they can cope with, or are the blatantly false signatures meant to allow others to slip through.
ACORN is also deeply involved in the sub-prime mortgage crisis, as I detailed here.ACORN wants to cancel your vote, and they have already raided your taxes, and want more taxpayer money to continue their very interesting work.