ACORN and voter fraud

October 10, 2008

You know it’s bad when even CNN runs a report critical of ACORN and Obama’s ties to them. This video is from a segment of Campbell Brown’s show, in which reporter Drew Griffin looks into thousands of fraudulent registrations in Lake County, Indiana. Even more surprisingly, the report explicitly describes some of the Obama campaign’s ties to ACORN:


(h/t Ed Morrissey)

In Pennsylvania, ACORN’s activities are so egregious that a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice has called into question the integrity of the balloting there:

A retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice says that she is "not confident we can get a fair election" in the state come November.

Justice Sandra Newman, accompanied by Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and Pennsylvania Republican State Chairman Robert Gleason, expressed her concerns at a Harrisburg press conference this morning. A thick document replete with photo copies of phony registrations and aerial shots of vacant lots used as "addresses" for "voters" was handed out to journalists.

Gleason was even more explicit.

"Between March 23rd and October 1st, various groups, including ACORN, submitted over 252,595 registrations to the Philadelphia County Election Board" with 57, 435 rejected for faulty information. "Most of these registrations were submitted by ACORN, and rejected due to fake social security numbers, incorrect dates of birth, clearly fraudulent signatures, addresses that do not exist, and duplicate registrations. In one case, a man was registered to vote more than 15 times since the Primary election."

(via Sister Toldjah. Be sure to check the rest of her post.)

This is a serious problem. ACORN is under investigation in several states, all of them battleground states where the election will be decided. Even if they aren’t able to steal the election in one or more states, their activities are harming the credibility of the electoral process, regardless of who wins.

Of course, ACORN has a close working relationship with the Prophet Barack, as this McCain campaign video makes clear. ACORN has endorsed Obama, and everyone knows any fraud they abet won’t be for the benefit of McCain-Palin. Barack Obama has a vested interest in having as clean an election as possible. He should denounce ACORN today and demand they either clean up their act now, or cease operation.

Fat chance of that, however. Obama’s record from his Chicago days gives little hope that he’d do anything serious about corruption; while not engaging in corruption himself, he’s benefitted too often from those who do and has never done anything against them. Ever.

I hate to think we’re going to go through that mess we experienced in 2000 again, but, if this election is close, no matter who wins, we can expect a lot of rancor, suspicion, and accusations.

Just what we need. Sad

UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin quotes a McCain campaign press release that provides a handy summary of Obama’s history with ACORN and their activities:

As of today, ACORN is under investigation for fraudulent activities in at least 11 key battleground states and accused of wrongdoing in many others. According to election officials across the country, about 50% of ACORN’s voter registrations are fictitious. This week alone, ACORN offices in Nevada were raided by state officials – after the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys appeared registered to vote in Las Vegas – and in Connecticut, a seven-year-old child registered to vote as a 27-year-old.
. . .

The relationship between Barack Obama and ACORN dates back to the early 1990s, well before the start of his political career. In 1992, Obama directed Project Vote – an arm of ACORN that also encouraged voter registration. Around the same time, Obama began teaching classes for “Future Leaders Identified by ACORN,” and according to an op-ed at the time, Obama continued his community organizing work largely through these classes.

Obama soon moved on from his role as a community organizer and became a trial attorney for ACORN. In 1995, Obama represented ACORN in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois for its supposed failure to implement a federal law designed to make voter registration easier, and thus increasing the likelihood of voter fraud. Obama also joined two well-known boards with strong ties to ACORN – the Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation. Under Obama’s watch, the Chicago ACORN branch received thousands of dollars in grants from both organizations.

During this year’s Democrat primaries, Obama’s campaign paid $832,000 to Citizens Services, an ACORN-affiliated organization, for get-out-the-vote efforts. Sensing the need to distance itself from the controversial organization, however, Obama’s Federal Election Commission report mischaracterized this work as “staging and lighting.”

There’s no direct link to the statement, I’m afraid. But the evidence is indisputable: Obama has been closely involved with ACORN, both in their voter-registration efforts and their attempts to intimidate banks into issuing more sub-prime loans. The public must demand honesty from the Democratic nominee regarding his relationship with ACORN, and McCain should demand it of him at their next debate.

Cucumbers have rights, too, you know

October 10, 2008

From the "I can’t make this stuff up" department: Switzerland and Ecuador both give constitutional rights to plants. In fact, in Switzerland, scientific research involving plants can be approved only if it can be show not to harm the dignity of the plant.

The world is an asylum, and the loonies are in charge. Clown


Meet Bill Ayers

October 10, 2008

Remember, Barack Obama launched his political career from this man’s living room:


(hat tip: Exurban League)


Watch this, then get angry

October 10, 2008

Via Ed Morrissey. This video, about nine minutes long, opens with then-HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo in 1998 explaining how the government was using legal coercion to force a bank to give mortgage loans to low-income and minority borrowers who otherwise wouldn’t qualify. He then made it clear that this would be a continuing government policy and he acknowledged this would increase the risk of defaults. This is direct evidence that the government was interfering with markets to arrange outcomes — social engineering was more important than sound economic policy.

The video then covers the actions of ACORN and Barack Obama, who admits his role in helping create this mess:


Remember, Barack Obama early in his career was a community organizer who helped train ACORN workers, and he later was an attorney who represented them in their efforts to intimidate banks into making more subprime loans available. The success of these efforts in Chicago had a nationwide influence, and Barack Obama had a direct hand in them.

Watch this video. Send the link to friends. We are on the verge of rewarding the party and the man who laid the groundwork for this fiasco with control of the government. Yes, Wall Street was greedy, but the Democratic Party and people like Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Greg Meeks, Franklin Raines and so many more plowed the field so that greed could grow. Remember that on election day.

Get angry.  Angry

LINKS: More from AJ Strata, who notes Obama saying that the point was to spread the risk not just across America, but the globe. That turned out real good, didn’t it?  Doh


Blind ambition

October 10, 2008

The McCain campaign’s new 30-second commercial, tying together William Ayers and the financial crisis via a common thread: Barack Obama’s ambition


Keep it up, Maverick, and hit him with this at the debate. And do one devoted just to the Prophet Barack’s "Call me if you need me" attitude when the crisis hit. If the theme is leadership, there’s no better example of his lack of it.

(hat tip: Ed Morrissey)


Character matters

October 10, 2008

Roger L. Simon, one of my favorite bloggers, takes a look at Obama's continued evasions regarding his relationship with former-but-proud terrorist William Ayers, and what he sees he finds very disturbing:

There’s nothing wrong with being a socialist.  (Regarding Obama's apparent membership in the New Party. –Phineas) I called myself one for the better part of twenty years.  Millions of people have and many still do.  But there is something very wrong with hiding who you are or who you were from the electorate—especially if you want to be President of the United States. Yet that seems to be a habit of Mr. Obama’s, with the collusion of the press.  To my knowledge, no one in the mainstream media has begun to inquire into the details of Obama’s curiously unreported years at Columbia and Harvard, although much could be relatively easily ascertained.  Obama himself has not been remotely forthcoming about them.

The inescapable conclusion is that Barack Obama is a highly deceptive, often dishonest individual.  Again, many would say this is standard operating procedure for politicians in our culture (and most others too).  But Obama presents himself as something different, a new kind of post-modern politician above the conventional dirty dealings of backroom politics.

(Emphasis added.)

Take a few minutes to read the whole thing. Roger is not a conservative, but a former doctrinaire Leftist who has become much more eclectic and pragmatic later in life. And be sure to follow two links at the end of his article, linked here for convenience: Ron Radosh's article on the relationship between Ayers' educational theories and Obama, and Jack Cashill's on his suspicion that Ayers may have authored significant portions of Obama's most famous book, Dreams from my father.

Elections are about policy and character. Keep that in mind on election day.

RELATED: Charles Krauthammer is devastating on the issue of Obama's character:

Why are these associations important? Do I think Obama is as corrupt as Rezko? Or shares Wright's angry racism or Ayers's unreconstructed 1960s radicalism?

No. But that does not make these associations irrelevant. They tell us two important things about Obama.

First, his cynicism and ruthlessness. He found these men useful, and use them he did. Would you attend a church whose pastor was spreading racial animosity from the pulpit? Would you even shake hands with — let alone serve on two boards with — an unrepentant terrorist, whether he bombed U.S. military installations or abortion clinics?

Most Americans would not, on the grounds of sheer indecency. Yet Obama did, if not out of conviction then out of expediency. He was a young man on the make, an unknown outsider working his way into Chicago politics. He played the game with everyone, without qualms and with obvious success.

Obama is not the first politician to rise through a corrupt political machine. But he is one of the rare few to then have the audacity to present himself as a transcendent healer, hovering above and bringing redemption to the "old politics" — of the kind he had enthusiastically embraced in Chicago in the service of his own ambition.

Second, and even more disturbing than the cynicism, is the window these associations give on Obama's core beliefs. He doesn't share the Rev. Wright's poisonous views of race nor Ayers's views, past and present, about the evil that is American society. But Obama clearly did not consider these views beyond the pale. For many years he swam easily and without protest in that fetid pond.

(Emphasis mine. h/t Blue Crab Boulevard)