Saturday, October 04, 2008

Stealing The ACORNS

That is correct. There are people who hate the poor so much that they are stealing from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Yep. Stealing from ACORN.

ACORN, the venerable 38-year-old social justice organization, faces the fight of its life over an embezzlement scandal and leadership crisis that hits Orleans Parish Civil District Court today at 9 a.m.

In late May, the group's board was shocked to learn that the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke had stolen nearly $1 million from the organization and its affiliates eight years ago.

"It was like a bomb. Things just went bonkers," said Bertha Lewis, director of the group's New York office, who has taken over Rathke's duties on an interim basis. "Nothing like that had ever happened before."

The news has attracted national scrutiny of ACORN, which was founded in Arkansas in 1970 and maintains a strong political presence in New York, New Orleans and Washington. In fact, early versions of the Wall Street bailout under consideration by Congress called for the routing of some profits from the sale of troubled assets to activist groups like ACORN. That provision emerged as an early sticking point in the plan's passage, in part because of the current scandal.
Yes it has. People are looking into ACORN. Fortunately the community organizer, Mr Obama, had nothing to do with ACORN. Besides using their campaign services. So we know ACORN worked for Obama. Did Mr. Obama ever work for ACORN? Of course not. Why would he do something like that?
In his capacity as an attorney, Barack represented ACORN in a successful lawsuit alongside the U.S. Department of Justice against the state of Illinois to force state compliance with a federal voting access law. For his work helping enforce the law, called “Motor Voter,” Barack received the IVI-IPO Legal Eagle Award in 1995…
OK. So maybe that is all. Nope. The Obama Campaign says he never organized with ACORN. So what gives? Well he did work with Project Vote. And guess what? Project Vote and ACORN share an office in Washington, DC. And they share job advertising. And ACORN has been the top independent contractor for Project Vote for a number of years. All this stuff with different names for the same business makes it seem like they were trying to cover something up.

I mean Mr. Obama is a proud Community Organizer. Why isn't he proud of working with a proud community organization like ACORN? Could it be their involvement and prosecution for vote fraud?

However, I think it best if we heard it straight from the horse's (what did you think I was going to say?) mouth. Mr Obama speaks about helping out voters.
I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work. — Barack Obama, Speech to ACORN, November 2007
So I guess that shoots down plausible deniability. I think he is going to have to work harder to keep his different stories straight.

So I started out with a guy stealing ACORNs and end up with ACORN stealing votes. You have to ask yourself a fundamental question: is there no honor among thieves?

No comments: