Friday, October 3, 2008

Barack Obama and the ACORN Connection

Another story hidden in the Obama Media Tank is the story of Obama’s connections with ACORN, a “community organization” convicted of voter fraud in 2006 currently being investigated for election fraud in six states.

ACORN endorses Obama and works primarily in the inner cities to line up Obama supporters/voters. The love affair between Obama and ACORN goes back a long way, even to the era when he joined with convicted bomber William Ayers to channel public money to the ACORN organization.

What role did Obama play for ACORN. Who knows the whole story since the media is so much in the tank for far-left Democrat Barack Obama? But Obama served in double roles for the ACORN organization:

• Obama was the lawyer representing ACORN’s political interest. (Political interests seem mainly to have been in registering non-existent or deceased voters to defraud the electoral system).

• Obama served as a trainer for ACORN, teaching its new members how to circumvent and deal with local governing bodies in obtaining money for the organization.

In just one example, ACORN registered 1800 new voters in Washington. When fraud investigators looked into the matter, they found that, of the 1800 newly register voters, only six were legitimate. There is much reason to worry about ACORN voter fraud in this coming election. ACORN is busy in Ohio and other states, trying to rack up easy votes in the big cities by registering the homeless and other unfortunates, oftentimes by paying them with money or small favors.

Even more cause for worry is that fact that Obama’s Democrats put a 20 billion “paycheck” for ACORN and similar far-left organizations into the House Bailout Plan. I don’t want to pay for that with my tax money and neither did 95 Democrats who didn’t want to be associated with it. Insofar as that goes, Republicans who were sympathetic to the need for a rescue plan were put in a very bad position by the addition of the ACORN bailout-handout and voted largely against it.

Following is a list of past ACORN voter activity across several states:

2005 - Two ex-ACORN employees were convicted in Denver, Colorado of perjury for submitting false voter registrations.

2005 - Four ACORN employees submitted as many as 3,000 potentially fraudulent signatures on the group’s Albuquerque, New Mexico ballot initiative. A local sheriff added: “It’s safe to say the forgery was widespread.”

2005 - the Virginia State Board of Elections admonished Project Vote and ACORN for turning in a significant number of faulty voter registrations. An audit revealed that 83% of sampled registrations that were rejected for carrying false or questionable information were submitted by Project Vote. Many of these registrations carried social security numbers that exist for other people, listed non-existent or commercial addresses, or were for convicted felons in violation of state and federal election law.
In a letter to ACORN, the State Board of Elections reported that 56% of the voter registration applications ACORN turned in were ineligible. Further, a full 35% were not submitted in a timely manner, as required by law. The State Board of Elections also commented on what appeared to be evidence of intentional voter fraud. "Additionally,” they wrote, “information appears to have been altered on some applications where information given by the applicant in one color ink has been scratched through and re-entered in another color ink. Any alteration of a voter registration application is a Class 5 Felony in accordance with § 24.2-1009 of the Code of Virginia."

2004 - An ACORN employee admitted to forging signatures and registering three of her friends to vote 40 times on Colorado.

2004 - A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman said ACORN was “singled out” among suspected voter registration groups for a 2004 wage initiative because it was “the common thread” in the agency’s fraud investigations.

2004 - In Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported that “overzealous or unscrupulous campaign workers in several Michigan counties are under investigation for voter-registration fraud, suspected of attempting to register nonexistent people or forging applications for already-registered voters.” ACORN-affiliate Project Vote was one of two groups suspected of turning in the documents.

2004 - North Carolina officials investigated ACORN for submitting fake voter registration cards.

2004 - An ACORN employee registered a 13-year-old boy to vote. Citing this and other examples, New Mexico State Representative Joe Thompson stated that ACORN was “manufacturing voters” throughout New Mexico.

2004 - In Ohio, a grand jury indicted a Columbus ACORN worker for submitting a false signature and false voter registration form. In Franklin County, two ACORN workers submitted what the director of the board of election supervisors called “blatantly false” forms. In Cuyahoga County, ACORN and its affiliate Project Vote submitted registration cards that had the highest rate of errors for any voter registration group.

2004 - In Minnesota, during a traffic stop, police found more than 300 voter registration cards in the trunk of a former ACORN employee, who had violated a legal requirements that registration cards be submitted to the Secretary of State within 10 days of being filled out and signed.

2004 - In Pennsylvania, Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.

2004 - In Texas, ACORN turned in the voter registration form of David Young, who told reporters “The signature is not my signature. It’s not even close.” His social security number and date of birth were also incorrect.

2004 - In Wisconsin, the district attorney’s office investigated seven voter registration applications Project Vote employees filed in the names of people who said the group never contacted them. Former Project Vote employee Robert Marquise Blakely told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had not met with any of the people whose voter registration applications he signed, “an apparent violation of state law,” according to the paper.

2003 - In Missouri, of 5,379 voter registration cards ACORN submitted in St. Louis, only 2,013 of those appeared to be valid. At least 1,000 are believed to be attempts to register voters illegally.

1998 - In Arkansas, a contractor with ACORN-affiliated Project Vote was arrested for falsifying about 400 voter registration cards.

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