As a tactic for generating federal subsidies, “bait and switch” works. Case in point: The now-defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. The blogosphere has been alive during the past week over the release this past March by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of a grant of nearly $80,000 to Affordable Housing Centers of America, which until 18 months ago operated as ACORN Housing Corporation. Though the grant was a carryover from fiscal year 2010, the revelation notwithstanding raises the possibility that the Obama administration is ignoring a 2009 congressional ban on federal support to ACORN and its affiliates, a ban overturned by a lower court but restored by a federal appeals court.
National Legal and Policy Center on many occasions over the last several years has recounted the disturbing saga of ACORN, a nationwide nonprofit network which came to represent about 1,200 … Read More ➡
Denial is a powerful mechanism. And when one’s allies are under investigation, the first instinct all too often is to question the motives of the investigators rather than consider the evidence. So it is with the ongoing probe by federal and state authorities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Union Corruption Update over the last couple years, and especially in recent months, has been vigilant in highlighting examples of blatant voter registration fraud in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 election cycles committed by ACORN volunteers. In all key battleground states, the hard-Left ACORN, heavily supported by organized labor (indeed, in the cases of SEIU Locals 100 and 880, ACORN does the organizing), has been active in voter registration. And by various accounts, they’ve produced a bumper crop of phony names, phony addresses and same-person multiple registrations.
ACORN was founded in 1970 with a stated mission … Read More ➡
It might seem a stretch, but the behavior of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as ACORN, may hold the key to the 2008 elections. The union-backed far-Left network of nonprofit groups, now with 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the U.S., has been involved in a wide range of projects, not all of them on the right side of the law. More than once, Union Corruption Update has reported on recent documented cases of election fraud involving ACORN chapters. That perpetrators on occasion have pleaded guilty is no guarantee of clean hands. At least that’s the message a pair of former U.S. senators, John Danforth, R-Mo., and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., are trying to convey to the McCain presidential campaign – and to the nation as a whole.
Danforth and Rudman lead an entity called the McCain-Palin 2008 Honest and Open Election Committee. And … Read More ➡
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, has done a lot of heavy lifting over the past few decades for the Democratic Party Left. Launched in 1970 and still run by Service Employees International Union Local 100 chief organizer Wade Rathke, the massive nationwide nonprofit network of anti-poverty activists has been focusing much of its firepower lately on voter registration. They play hardball and are proud of it, regardless of whether their tactics are legal. Results are what matters. And last year in Missouri, the group delivered results. By a less than 50,000-vote margin, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, was elected as the state’s newest U.S. Senator over GOP incumbent Jim Talent. In the process, ACORN unwittingly set the stage, especially in Kansas City, for indictments and guilty pleas against several of their former workers.
On May 17, Carmen R. Davis became the latest casualty of … Read More ➡
The new 110th Congress convened at the start of this month with something it hadn’t had in a dozen years: a Democratic-controlled House and Senate. But amid the party’s hoopla over Nancy Pelosi’s ascent to House Speaker is the reality that its Senate majority is a thin 51-49, allowing for the fact that the two “Independent” senators, Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.), are Democrats all but in name. That edge could be the result of a close 2006 race in Missouri, where Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill defeated incumbent Republican Senator Jim Talent. Her margin of victory of slightly less than 50,000 votes very likely in part was the result of voter registration fraud. And the culprit is an operator familiar to the radical political landscape: the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Investigative reporting by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Wall Street Journal… Read More ➡