ACORN NEVER FALLS FAR FROM THE TREE
PART 2 of 3
By Jon Christian Ryter
When massive ACORN-instigated voter fraud reared its ugly head in Ohio in August, the McCain-Pain Campaign called for a full scale investigation of ACORN. Several States have also discovered rampant fraud in the pay-per-registration commission gimmick used by ACORN—which they deny. ACORN officials insist that all of their community activists are paid a salary only and are not paid for each registration they bring in the door. Yet, 3rd term US Congressman Thad Cotter [R-MI] told Fox News that ACORN recruiters are registering "voters" multiple time and, in one instance, one young man who was just caught, had registered 52 times.
The ACORN controversy in Ohio started with a new State law that was rammed through the Ohio legislatures by Democrats. The new law, caustically referred to as the "Brunner Directive" after Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, allows new Ohio voters—for the first time—to register and, simultaneously, vote early by absentee ballot without providing any proof that they are who they claim to be. The Democrats, who control Michigan, like the Democrats who control Virginia, and the Democrats who control Pennsylvania want to give Obama the best edge possible. Everyone remembers that, in the final analysis, Bush-43 won Florida, and the Election of 2000 by 329 votes. The Election of 2004 was settled in Ohio by 136,483 votes. ACORN, and the Obama Campaign, wants to make sure they have padded to vote sufficiently that any close calls in 2008 will be in their favor.
Since June, according to CBS News, election officials in at least 12 States have raised the red flag about more than 10 thousand fraudulent voter registration forms submitted by ACORN. According to the New York Post, three Ohio voters in Cleveland (Ohio's largest city) claimed that ACORN approached them to register several times—even after they told the Project Vote workers that they had already registered to vote "...maybe 10 to 15 times already." One of them, Domino Pizza worker Christopher Barkley, testified that even after he advised the ACORN activists had had already registered, they continued to pursue him to "register again." Barkley said ACORN relentlessly pursued not only him but several others. "I kept getting approached by folks who asked me to register," Barkley said. "They'd ask me if I was registered. I'd say yes, and they'd ask me to do it again. Some of them were getting paid to collect names. That was their sob story, and I bought it." Barkley, in fact, "bought it" 15 times.
He was also one of several people subpoenaed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Testifying under oath before the Board of Elections, Lateala Goins, 21, also admitted to registering several times. "You can tell them you are registered all you want," she said. "They don't care. They will follow you to the buses, they will follow you home, it doesn't matter." Goins justified her crime by saying every time she registered she only put down her name. She claims she never put down an address on the registration forms which would automatically invalidate her registration cards. (Since she would have turned the cards over to the "special registration deputies" who recruited her, they would have realized the cards did not contain addresses and have her insert the addresses they needed on the applications to be able to harvest the voter ID cards they would need to vote in those phony IDs in November.)
But the Cuyahoga County registration-record (thus far uncovered) is apparently 19-year old Freddie Johnson who registered 73 times. Johnson said he was paid for each registration with cigarettes. Rumors surfaced that he may have been paid in cocaine, but there is no evidence that is so. So, the rumors remain just that—unsupported rumors that cannot be confirmed.
As ACORN's Ohio problems hit the newsstream over the last couple of weeks, ACORN's Ohio damage control spokesman in Cleveland, Kris Harsh, tried to minimize the significance of the problem by saying that his group in Cleveland had collected around 100 thousand voter registration cards and, he claimed, "...only about 50 were questionable." Freddie Johnson alone created 72 fraudulent voter registration cards (plus his own)—and 72 absentee votes for Barack Hussein Obama. Add Barkley's 14 fraudulent registrations became 14 fraudulent absentee ballots already cast, and Johnson and Barkley alone racked up 86 "questionable" registration cards. With regard to Johnson, who testified against ACORN to minimize his own jail time, ACORN said they found about 14 registrations cards that he filled out. The State of Ohio claims to have found 41. I tend to believe Johnson's numbers. Which means ACORN will be able to vote the fruits of Johnson's labor to the tune of 32 votes on election day. And, you can take it to the bank, Project Vote or some other George Soros-financed get-out-the-vote group will have a convoy of Cleveland's most patriotic homeless people waiting for their carton of cigarettes or bottle of wine after they participate in the Election of 2008.
ACORN has come under investigation from State officials in at least 11 States. Possibly all 16 swing States will be examining their registrations. State election officials in Michigan, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois are "looking" at the registrations turned in by ACORN in their jurisdictions.
In Pennsylvania, where the investigation is still ongoing—as it is in Nevada—election officials are investigating "suspicious" or incomplete voter registrations that originated from canvassers working for ACORN. On Saturday, Oct. 11, State GOP Chairman, Rob Gleason and Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico held a news conference to talk about the problematic ACORN-collected voter registration forms. Gleason said the reported instances of what he termed "widespread fraud" might tie ACORN to "...the [most] massive voter fraud [in] the US." Philadelphia surrendered to the US Attorney 50,663 fraudulent ACORN voter registration forms. Of them, 35,888 were duplicates, 689 were filled out by people too young to vote, 2,108 were missing signatures 5,093 had phony addresses and 6,161 were not eligible to vote in US elections. The US Attorney in Michigan indicated that it was likely that he would prosecute ACORN for similar voter-registration scams in that State as well.
Gleason and Marsico told the media they were not sure that the voters can get a fair election in Pennsylvania because of the voter tampering by ACORN. Gleason said ACORN had submitted 252,595 voter registrations in Philadelphia. Cursory examinations alone caused 57,435 of them to be rejected. The forms had faulty Social Security numbers, incorrect dates of birth, addresses that did not exist, scores of duplications, and clearly fraudulent signatures. Gleason noted that he found one man's name and address on 15 registrations. Many of the addresses, he noted, were vacant lots or uninhabitable deserted buildings. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania learned that the Obama Campaign had donated $800 thousand to ACORN to register "voters" in the key swing States that he absolutely needed to win. Obama served as an ACORN lawyer in his "community organizer" days.
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now [ACORN] grew from another grassroots political organization, George Wiley's National Welfare Rights Organization [NWRO] using Saul Alinsky's radical urban warfare tactics in the early 1970s to swarm into welfare offices and with hundreds of welfare applicants and simply overwhelm the staff—sometimes violently—bullying them and demanding every penny the law intended them to have. Acorn's cofounder, Wade Rathke, was a NWRO organizer and a protege of Wiley. In the 1960s Rathke was an antiwar activist with the militant Students for a Democratic Society.
ACORN claims to have 175 thousand dues paying members in more than 850 chapters in 70 US cities in 38 States. ACORN also has chapters in Mexico and Canada. ACORN owns two radio stations, a housing corporation, a law firm and it maintains an affiliate relationship with a myriad of labor union locals around the country. When the unions need aggressive people to man a picket line, ACORN will supply them. ACORN practices 21st century radicalism. In 1998 ACORN founded the Working Family Party in New York and endorsed Hillary Clinton in her 2000 US Senate race. ACORN and Project Vote launched a voter mobilization drive that was instrumental in Clinton's victory. In November, 2001 a coalition of radical politicians backed by ACORN won a veto-proof majority on the New York City Council, giving ACORN massive sway with the city's government.
With little opposition, ACORN radicals tightened their grip on the city's government, stripping the mayor of much of his executive authority. ACORN politicians have succeeded in rolling back welfare reform in New York, and have succeeded in implementing a crackdown on NYC police, including a ban on "racial and ethnic profiling" to stop and question minorities. ACORN politicians have succeeded in raising corporate taxes, increasing regulations, empowering unions and they attempted to pass a regulation that would bar corporations from moving out of New York without a costly "exit visa" from the City Council.
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In 2004 and again in 2006 ACORN and Project Vote ran nationwide get-out-the-vote campaigns that were marred with fraudulent voter registrations, vote-rigging, voter-intimidation, and vote-for-pay scams in which homeless people were caravaned from voting precinct to voting precinct to vote multiple times for Acorn's candidates in those dog fights. ACORN was critical in the Democrat's successful effort to regain control of the House and Senate in 2006. In Missouri alone, election officials found 20 thousand fraudulent voter registrations in St. Louis and Kansas City alone. Where ACORN "empowered" the disenfranchised under the Motor Voter Act. Similar allegations of ACORN-instigated voter fraud were made in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado. Between 2004 and 2006 ACORN workers were accused of submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registrations in 12 States.
Obama's ties to ACORN are as solid as his friendship ties to radical Weather Underground extremist William Ayers which the liberal media claims was merely a "casual acquaintance" and not the close, personal friendship it actually was. When the Walter Anneberg Foundation offered several hundred million dollars in grants to US public schools in the mid-1990s, Ayers applied for a $50 million grant for Chicago schools. The purpose of the grant was to "raise political consciousness" in the Chicago inner-city public school system.
Ayers picked Obama to handle the grant money. Between 1995 and 1999, Obama distributed that $50 million and raised another $60 million to augment it. Ayers advised his protege to endow other external organizations who would agree to work closely with the schools to promote Ayer's radical political propaganda. One of those radical organizations was ACORN. Ayers, a terrorist who admitted bombing the US Capitol and the Pentagon, avoided being convicted because the only evidence the FBI had against him was contained in illegally obtained wiretaps. He and his wife, Bernadette Dorn, were sent to prison for failing to cooperate with the FBI in a Brinks armored car holdup in which two police officers were killed. Far being repenting of his terrorist lifestyle in the 1960s and 1970s, Ayers told the New York Times in September, 2001 that he "...wished [I] could have done more." This small slice of Obama history confirms that Obama lied about his relationship with Ayers. Ayers, nor anyone else, is going to turn control of $50 million over to a "casual acquaintance." to administer. When you plan for that money to be used to foster a radical, extremist agenda, you will only turn the control of that money over to someone you know as deeply as yourself, and someone you trust as much as you trust yourself.
ACORN and its political advocacy arm, Project Vote liked Obama for two reasons. First, he was a William Ayers protege Second, he came to them with a fistful of money. There is little doubt that Rathke and Project Vote founders Sandy Newman and Michael Slater checked Obama's bonafides with Ayers before offering him the job of getting the Illinois chapter of Project Vote off the ground.
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Obama, the community activist, also became Acorn's lawyer, hiring Michelle Obama's old law firm to sue Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, who embezzled a six-digit sum of money from ACORN—and didn't fire him when the theft was discovered. ACORN kept him on the payroll for a decade after uncovering the theft in 1999-2000. For part three click below.