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    Acorn

    Well, for those that get their news from the Daily KOS or NBC, here's some reporting on ACORN, or as I like to call them:
    A Criminal Organization for Radicals Now or
    All Corrupt Office holders and Radicals Now

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj

    By JOHN FUND
    On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to strip Acorn, the premier community organizing group on the left, of more than $1.6 million in federal housing money meant to assist low-income people obtain loans and prepare tax forms. This dramatic step followed last Friday's decision by the U.S. Census Bureau to sever its ties with the organization, one of several community groups it was partnering with to conduct the nation's head count.

    Both of these actions came after secretly recorded videos involving employees in Acorn's Brooklyn, N.Y., Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md. and San Bernardino, Calif. offices were televised on Fox News. The videos were recorded by two independent filmmakers who posed as a prostitute and a pimp and said they were planning to import underage women from El Salvador for the sex trade. They asked for and received advice on getting a housing loan and evading federal taxes.


    OpinionJournal.com Columnist John Fund says the infamous housing organization may not be done collecting federal contributions.
    .In response, Acorn has so far fired four of the employees seen on the videos. But it claimed the videos were "doctored" and accused critics of a smear campaign and "racist coverage" of the incidents.

    Such rhetoric in the past has deflected scrutiny of Acorn tactics, such as street demonstrations and boycotts against banks to force lower credit standards for home loans, which a congressional report found contributed to the subprime loan mess. But now Acorn may be finally running off the rails.

    Last week, 11 of its workers were accused by Florida prosecutors of falsifying information on 888 voter registration forms. Last month, Acorn's former Las Vegas, Nev., field director, Christopher Edwards, agreed to testify against the group in a case in which Las Vegas election officials say 48% of the voter registration forms the group turned in were "clearly fraudulent." Acorn itself is charged with 13 counts of illegally using a quota system to compensate workers in an effort to boost the number of registrations. (Acorn has denied wrongdoing in all of these cases.)

    A growing number of people once affiliated with Acorn want nothing more to do with the group. Marcel Reid, for example, was one of eight national Acorn board members who were removed last year after demanding an audit of the group's books. She notes that Acorn received $7.4 million in contributions from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) between 2005 and 2008 but actively fights unionization efforts by its own employees. Ms. Reid also notes that Acorn was sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board in 2003 for illegally firing workers trying to organize a union.

    In 1995, Acorn unsuccessfully sued California to be exempt from the minimum wage, claiming that "the more that Acorn must pay each individual outreach worker . . . the fewer outreach workers it will be able to hire." The decision to file that lawsuit was made by Wade Rathke, who founded Acorn in 1970 and was its long-time leader. He was forced by the group's board to resign last year after it found that he'd engaged in a cover-up of a nearly $1 million embezzlement of Acorn funds by his brother Dale, then the group's chief financial officer.

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    An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas.
    .Mr. Rathke—now the chief organizer of a New Orleans-based local of the SEIU, a key Acorn ally—is out with a new book, "Citizen Wealth," in which he touts a vision of "maximum eligible participation" by Americans in welfare programs as a way to force radical social change.

    Regardless of the wisdom of that vision, it's time to follow the lead of the Census Bureau and cut the government's ties to the highly dubious characters surrounding Acorn. (The group has taken in more than $53 million in direct funding from the federal government since 1994, and substantially more indirectly through states and cities that receive federal block grants.)

    Acorn's allies in Congress have long stopped every move to rein it in. Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa), for example, has tried six times to get House floor votes restricting Acorn's access to federal funds but has been blocked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand-picked Rules Committee members. Some Democrats have grumbled. Michigan's John Conyers, chair of the Judiciary Committee, urged a hearing be held on Acorn abuses in March, but later told the Washington Times "the powers that be decided against it."

    There is a chance the latest scandals will convince Democrats that Acorn is too toxic a political partner. And President Barack Obama, who once ran a voter-registration program for an Acorn partner (Project Vote) and then worked for Acorn as a lawyer on key cases, has every incentive to distance himself further from the organization.

    Former Acorn board members tell me the group has always been confident it will be protected. After the Nevada voter-registration fraud indictment last May, Bonnie Greathouse, Acorn's chief organizer in the state, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that "we've had bad publicity before" and survived. "People always come forward to our defense. We're just community organizers, just like the president used to be."
    That last paragraph is just ....... priceless.

    How does such a corrupt partisan organization suck in Billions of US tax payer money?

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    Good post. I've been following this too. Amazing stuff. Reality is truly stranger than fiction. My only guess is that a big part of their efforts go into digging up dirt on people of influence to coerce them into cooperation. We'll destroy you if you resist us but help you if you support us kind of thing. Given Obama's neck deep ties with them it will be very interesting to see how this all shakes out since new scoop seems to come to light every day. Some one is certainly on a mission to tear them a new one and it looks like they have done their homework. Some how sleeze doesn't seem to cover it.

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    All this bad publicity about Acorn is not new - it's been going on for years.

    You gotta be a bleeding heart democrat to think Acorn is on the square. Ooops that wasn't socially acceptable was it ?


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    Here's an example of how the liberal main stream media "investigates" liberal fraud and corruption. This from the pompous ass known as Charlie Gibson. Remember how condescending he was when Sarah Palin (and every other American) didn't know what the hell he was talking about when he asked Palin about the "Bush Doctrine"?



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=758ROlXjKes


    So which is it, Charlie?

    Are you just not as smart as you think you are, or are you in the tank for ACORN?
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    I think Charlie is searching for some plausable deniability.

    He seems to forget his real job is reporting the news not reformulating the news as he wants it to be.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    I think Charlie is searching for some plausable deniability.

    He seems to forget his real job is reporting the news not reformulating the news as he wants it to be.

    But over the last 10 years especially isn't that exactly what has been happening? Truth or at least the whole truth has been absent from the news in one form or another forever. But it's got to the point now that it's obvious and still no one calls them on it. Or when they do they are billed as crazy. Place this thread an another dozen forums picked at random and you will get six saying that the OP is just using fear and bigoted hate mongering to fuel an agenda.

    Acorn has caused more damage than many will ever know. and I do not think they are done or will be any time soon. More people just know about them now. and it really don't seem to be bothering them all that much.

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