The Wall Street Journal on ACORN and Obama

So, this campaign has been going on for almost two years now, and news of the connection between ACORN and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is just now hitting the mainstream press.

The Wall Street Journal has done an admirable job of reporting fairly and objectively throughout this election, so I am not surprised to see that its op-ed page is pretty much leading the charge on getting reliable information out to the voting public.

Please read, enjoy, and pass it along.

– Jeff


Obama and Acorn
From: The Wall Street Journal

At the recent Emmy Awards, historian Laura Linney averred that America’s Founders had been “community organizers” — like Barack Obama. Too bad they aren’t like that any more. Mr. Obama’s kind of organizers work at Acorn, the militant advocacy group that is turning up in reports about voter fraud across the country.

Acorn — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — has been around since 1970 and boasts 350,000 members. We’ve written about them for years, but Acorn is now getting more attention as John McCain’s campaign makes an issue of the fraud reports and Acorn’s ties to Mr. Obama. It’s about time someone exposed this shady outfit that uses government dollars to lobby for larger government.

Acorn uses various affiliated groups to agitate for “a living wage,” for “affordable housing,” for “tax justice” and union and environmental goals, as well as against school choice and welfare reform. It was a major contributor to the subprime meltdown by pushing lenders to make home loans on easy terms, conducting “strikes” against banks so they’d lower credit standards.

But the organization’s real genius is getting American taxpayers to foot the bill. According to a 2006 report from the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), Acorn has been on the federal take since 1977. For instance, Acorn’s American Institute for Social Justice claimed $240,000 in tax money between fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Its American Environmental Justice Project received 100% of its revenue from government grants in the same years. EPI estimates the Acorn Housing Corporation alone received some $16 million in federal dollars from 1997-2007. Only recently, Democrats tried and failed to stuff an “affordable housing” provision into the $700 billion bank rescue package that would have let politicians give even more to Acorn.

All this money gives Acorn the ability to pursue its other great hobby: electing liberals. Acorn is spending $16 million this year to register new Democrats and is already boasting it has put 1.3 million new voters on the rolls. The big question is how many of these registrations are real.

The Michigan Secretary of State told the press in September that Acorn had submitted “a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications.” Earlier this month, Nevada’s Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller requested a raid on Acorn’s offices, following complaints of false names and fictional addresses (including the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys). Nevada’s Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said he saw rampant fraud in 2,000 to 3,000 applications Acorn submitted weekly.

Officials in Ohio are investigating voter fraud connected with Acorn, and Florida’s Seminole County is withholding Acorn registrations that appear fraudulent. New Mexico, North Carolina and Missouri are looking into hundreds of dubious Acorn registrations. Wisconsin is investigating Acorn employees for, according to an election official, “making people up or registering people that were still in prison.”

Then there’s Lake County, Indiana, which has already found more than 2,100 bogus applications among the 5,000 Acorn dumped right before the deadline. “All the signatures looked exactly the same,” said Ruthann Hoagland, of the county election board. Bridgeport, Connecticut estimates about 20% of Acorn’s registrations were faulty. As of July, the city of Houston had rejected or put on hold about 40% of the 27,000 registration cards submitted by Acorn.

That’s just this year. In 2004, four Acorn employees were indicted in Ohio for submitting false voter registrations. In 2005, two Colorado Acorn workers were found to have submitted false registrations. Four Acorn Missouri employees were indicted in 2006; five were found guilty in Washington state in 2007 for filling out registration forms with names from a phone book.

Which brings us to Mr. Obama, who got his start as a Chicago “community organizer” at Acorn’s side. In 1992 he led voter registration efforts as the director of Project Vote, which included Acorn. This past November, he lauded Acorn’s leaders for being “smack dab in the middle” of that effort. Mr. Obama also served as a lawyer for Acorn in 1995, in a case against Illinois to increase access to the polls.

During his tenure on the board of Chicago’s Woods Fund, that body funneled more than $200,000 to Acorn. More recently, the Obama campaign paid $832,000 to an Acorn affiliate. The campaign initially told the Federal Election Commission this money was for “staging, sound, lighting.” It later admitted the cash was to get out the vote.

The Obama campaign is now distancing itself from Acorn, claiming Mr. Obama never organized with it and has nothing to do with illegal voter registration. Yet it’s disingenuous to channel cash into an operation with a history of fraud and then claim you’re shocked to discover reports of fraud. As with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers, Mr. Obama was happy to associate with Acorn when it suited his purposes. But now that he’s on the brink of the Presidency, he wants to disavow his ties.

The Justice Department needs to treat these fraud reports as something larger than a few local violators. The question is whether Acorn is systematically subverting U.S. election law — on the taxpayer’s dime.

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  1. John Galt says:

    The ACORN stuff sounds great and reads great but it will be basically worthless in changing voters away from voting for Obama.

    Why?

    Because the majority of America now bows to the “god of Political Correctness”.

    It is among the MSM PC to vote for Obama. It is not PC to vote for “white Republicans” man or woman.

    It is PC to vote for a black person as the majority of American’s have succumbed to Portnoy like Judeo/Christian guilt over Southern Slavery.

    Among the majority morality and ethics matter not in America. The media is the message and the media determines what is PC continually reshaping the god of political correctness into what is in vogue now.

    Obama will carry the day no matter what the truth is. Those who voted for him will then go into an automatic state of cognitive dissonence regarding Obama’s policies and actions as President right after takes power and take power he will like we have never seen any U.S. President take power and use it against dissadents in the manner of a fascist dictator.

    The Islamic world is praising Alah 5 times a day giving thanks that the infedels in America have at last starting their downward spiral.

  2. Lisa says:

    I have been closely following this story and feel that the entire voter registration issue could be solved by putting it directly in the hands of the Secretary of States’ office. Due to the fraud issues I don’t think any community organization, PAC, etc. (on either side of the aisle) should be involved in voter registration. It should go through official channels. When I re-registered due to a change of address I went directly to the State of California website and got my form from the Secretary of state’s office.

    The one thing I don’t get is, and maybe someone here can point me in the right direction as far as information, how does ACORN turn these fraudulent registrations into acutal votes on election day. I can see how they do it in Ohio where you can register and vote at the same time so they just take the people there… but when I voted in the primary they checked my driver’s license and almost didn’t let me vote because I had moved from one appartment to another at the same address. So how is it that someone can vote under a fake name and address??

  3. Anonymous says:

    My wife and I had the same thing happen when we went to vote in the primary. Our address had been changed because the county hired the wrong people several years ago to change addresses for the 911 service. They found out this year that the addresses were incorrect and there were over 900 changes made. We were challenged when we put down the new address, so we had to explain what had happened. The poll workers were from the count seat and there were no address changes in that city.

  4. Jack Yan says:

    Thank you for reposting that article from the WSJ. It does appear that the newspaper is not afraid to tell things as they are in your country.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can not believe that ALL AMERICANS would not want this STOPPED NOW! IT FLIES in the FACE of DEMOCRACY! OBAMA and his FRAUDULENT CONNECTIONS are JUST TOO MANY and TOO RADICAL! WE have got to block this guy from going any further into our political system with his SOCIALIST AGENDA!

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