Former ACORN Director Gets $445 Mil From U.S. Treasury. Patrick Gaspard, ACORN and Obama.

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From Judicial Watch:

June 7, 2012

The Obama Administration has given a former director at the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) nearly half a billion dollars to offer “struggling” Illinois homeowners mortgage assistance, a Judicial Watch investigation has found.

It means the ACORN official (Joe McGavin) will go from operating a corrupt leftist community group that’s banned by Congress from receiving federal funding to controlling over $445 million in U.S. taxpayer funds.  The money is part of a $7.6 billion Treasury Department program to help the “unemployed or substantially underemployed” make their mortgage payments.

In this case, JW found that a subcomponent of the state-run Illinois Housing Development Authority, known as the Illinois Hardest Hit Program, received a generous $445,603,557 Treasury infusion. The Obama Administration established Hardest Hit in 2010 to provide targeted aid to families in states hit hardest by the economic and housing market downturn, according to its website.

In early 2011 McGavin was appointed as director of Hardest Hit. Before that he was director of counseling for ACORN Housing in Chicago and operations manager for a Chicago ACORN offshoot called Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). His strong ties to ACORN make him a suspect candidate to handle such a huge amount of taxpayer dollars.

The Obama-tied community organization supposedly shut down after a series of exposés about its illegal activities, including fraudulent voter registration drives and involvement in the housing market meltdown. Read all about it in Judicial Watch’s special report, “The Rebranding of ACORN.” The legal scandals led Congress to pass a 2009 law banning federal funding for ACORN, which for years enjoyed a huge flow of taxpayer dollars to promote its various leftwing causes.

The Obama Administration has violated the congressional ACORN funding ban, however. Last summer Judicial Watch uncovered records that show ACORN got tens of thousands of dollars in grants to “combat housing and lending discrimination.” The money came via Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which awarded a $79,819 grant to AHCOA.

In addition to violating the ACORN funding ban, the grant was astounding because federal investigators had previously exposed fraud by the same Florida-based ACORN/AHCOA affiliate. HUD’s inspector general found that the group “inappropriately” spent more than $3.2 million in grants that were supposed to be used to eliminate lead poisoning in its housing program.

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Is ACORN Bullet-Proof? Radical Community Organizers Re-Organize

by Matthew Vadum

September 1, 2011

Excerpt:

Summary: Supporters of ACORN make long faces, lamenting the collapse of their sainted organization. Don’t believe them. It’s all for show. In 2009 Congress banned further federal funding for ACORN and last November the group declared bankruptcy. But ACORN operatives are rebuilding their organizing and fundraising apparatus, and ACORN is spawning new progeny. The groups have new names, but the faces behind them are familiar. They are roaming through government agencies in search of more federal grants. In this issue Matthew Vadum explores ACORN’s latest reinvention since the May publication of his book Subversion Inc.

Bertha Lewis chuckles about the collapse of ACORN, which filed for bankruptcy in November. “I think the Right is going be sorry,” she says, laughing. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and they didn’t really kill us. They just made us stronger.”

Lewis, who succeeded longtime ACORN “chief organizer” Wade Rathke, confirmed information revealed in leaked emails sent to supporters by ACORN spokesman Nathan Henderson-James: the dissolution of ACORN as a national organization is a complete fraud.

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Last June Bertha Lewis explained the up-side of the undercover video saga to New York radio host Roy Paul:

[It] really got us to thinking about how to reorganize ourselves, how to run our chapters because we knew that these kind of attacks would never stop. So we had to regroup, reorganize, rebrand. But folks across the country in 25 states, former ACORN chapters and former ACORN members are still organizing on a local level, here in New York City … Our chapters regrouped. People renamed themselves, reorganized themselves, so that they could have very good structures, and the fight continues. I think in a way the Right made a mistake when they attacked us viciously. Because now what they did was [they] actually helped us focus [on] how to make ourselves bullet proof as we move forward.

The chapters followed orders. And now these “new” groups are everywhere, gearing up to help reelect President Obama, a former ACORN employee.

Different Names, Same Faces: ACORN’s Front Groups

Take a look at the new names that ACORN state-level chapters are using. Incorporated as new nonprofits, they celebrate diversity and the cause of social justice for all. In some states, there is more than one ACORN front group.

Here are the 21 ACORN front groups we know about. An asterisk (*) indicates a newly discovered front group not previously identified inSubversion Inc.

Arizona: Living United for Change in Arizona* (LUCHA)

Arkansas: Arkansas Community Organizations

California: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island: New England United for Justice

Delaware: Delawareans for Social and Economic Justice*

District of Columbia and Maryland: Communities United and Communities United Training and Education Fund

Florida: Organize Now*

Louisiana: A Community Voice and Alliance Institute*

Minnesota: Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Missouri: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment (MORE)

New Mexico: Organizers in the Land of Enchantment* (OLÉ)

New York: New York Communities for Change (NYCC) and the Black Institute

North Carolina: Action North Carolina* (Action NC)

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ) and Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change (PCOC). PCOC does business under the name Action United.

Texas: Texas Organizing Project and Texas Organizing Project Education Fund

Washington: Organization United for Reform (OUR) Washington

These groups are typically staffed by former ACORN officials, and in many cases operate out of their former ACORN offices.

Keep reading here……..

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Patrick Gaspard, ACORN, and Obama

by Stanley Kurtz

September 28, 2009

With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant. While the Gaspard matter needs further investigation before we form any hard conclusions, it certainly seems to confirm that President Obama’s ties to a whole series of ACORN-controlled organizations are neither minor nor by any means long-past. In fact, making use of what Erickson and Vadum have discovered about Gaspard, we can trace these links still further.

There’s been a good deal of attention to ACORN of late, and deservedly so. Yet for all the fuss, what is arguably the most important Obama-ACORN tie of all has gotten short shrift. During the 2008 election, Obama’s close links to the far-left New Party were revealed and explored (although not by the mainstream press). Yet many seem to have forgotten that the New Party, particularly in Chicago, was dominated by ACORN (and by an ACORN-controlled SEIU union local). During the campaign, I detailed Obama’s New Party ties in two pieces,Something New Here,” and “Life of the New Party.” Important evidence of Obama’s pursuit of the New Party endorsement can also be found in the September-October 1995 issue of “New Ground,” newsletter of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Obama’s New Party ties matter because they show that his links to ACORN went far beyond shared on-the-ground organizing, legal representation, training, or even funding (although all of those ties existed and were important). By running for office with the New Party, Obama was effectively indicating that he shared ACORN’s radical political goals.

So it’s of interest that in late 1995, just as Obama was seeking New Party endorsement in Chicago, Patrick Gaspard was working as a New Party organizer in New Jersey. (This was reported in “Jersey Man Hopes to Create Third Political Party,” NPR, “Morning Edition, ” September 28, 1995). Then, in the July 2, 2001 issue of “The Nation,” Gaspard and Bertha Lewis jointly published a reply to a June 4 Nation article by Doug Ireland which had been critical of the New York’s Working Families Party (a successor to the New Party, led by New Party co-founder Dan Cantor, and largely controlled by ACORN and the SEIU). In the course of their letter, Gaspard and Lewis describe their extensive joint involvement in Working Families Party activities. The letter is signed: “Bertha Lewis, ACORN, WFP; Patrick Gaspard, SEIU State Council, WFP.” This does seem to confirm and extend the new evidence of a close political tie between Patrick Gaspard and ACORN’s Bertha Lewis.

No doubt, some will dismiss the newly revealed connections between the Obama administration, Patrick Gaspard, Bertha Lewis, and ACORN as “guilt by association.” Yet it seems to me that the evidence points to something more significant than that. We are talking about a persistent and shared political-ideological alliance between President Obama and the complex of community, labor, and party organizations controlled by ACORN. (See especially “Life of the New Party” for more on New Party ideology.)

Keep reading here……..

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Patrick Gaspard, Obama’s “Go To” Man in 2012

June 18, 2011

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Like Barack Obama, Patrick Gaspard has roots in Africa. He got his start in politics in the mid-1980s, organizing demonstrations in New York City for social justice in Haiti, which helped lead to the end of the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Gaspard’s first campaign work came in the 1988 U.S. presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson, who had his headquarters in Obama’s base city of Chicago.

Gaspard was instrumental in 2008 as he mobilized the largest service workers union in the country, SEIU, into a powerful voting block for the freshman senator, Barack Obama, who would become the President of the United States. Upon becoming president, Barack Obama, on November 2008, made Gaspard the Head of Political Affairs for the White House. [Emphasis added here]

But 2012 is nearing, an election year in which President Barack Obama will seek reelection. On January 2011, the incumbent president launched his campaign sending Gaspard to Chicago to be the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Director. [Emphasis added]

It could be imagined that the coming months will be much more difficult than those of 2007 and 08. The battle is going to be for the grassroots and in this cycle the Republicans are coming with their Tea Party movement. Also in this cycle Gaspard now represents the incumbent party.

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Additional Information about Patrick Gaspard (now the DNC Executive Director):

From Keywiki:

Patrick Gaspard is a Brooklyn-based, 41-year-old Democratic operative who became, in June 2009, a White House director of the Office of Political Affairs.

Patrick Gaspard’s official responsibility is to provide the president with an“accurate assessment of the political dynamics affecting the work of his administration”– to work with powerbrokers around the country to help push the president’s agenda. Representative Gregory Meeks commented about him on June 23, 2009,

“He’s a low key, behind-the-scenes, no-fingerprints kind of guy. I need something, I call Patrick. And if he calls, it’s a big deal. He’s close to the president.”[1]

A former employer, Margarita Lopez also commented on Gaspard in the article,

“Don’t be mistaken about him being a gentleman – don’t even go there. When a situation got to a point that there was no resolution I would reach Patrick and say, ‘Go for it, and bring me no hostages, this battle is going to be won with no hostages.’ And I can tell you Patrick delivered every single time.”[1]

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Local 1199

In 1999, Ms. Lopez loaned Gaspard out to help Local 1199 SEIU, a Marxist dominated labor union, to organize a march in protest of the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed Guinean immigrant. Gaspard impressed them.

Gaspard was reportedly a key organizer of the civil disorder that followed Diallo’s death[8].

The union was one of the central organizers of the civil disobedience that followed, and 1199 President Dennis Rivera and then-Political Director Bill Lynch asked Gaspard to coordinate those efforts.

“He knows what buttons to push and in what order,” said Jennifer Cunningham, who was then the union’s political director, and who went on to work closely with Mr. Gaspard for the next eight years[9].

Dennis Rivera, president of Local 1199, recruited Gaspard[10], and he eventually became the union’s executive vice president.

Working for Dean and Soros

In 2003, Gaspard was granted leave from Local 1199 to work as the deputy national field director for the presidential campaign of Howard Dean .After Dean was knocked out of the race, Gaspard became national field director for George Soros political action group America Coming Together.

In 2005, Gaspard again took leave from Local 1199 to work for underdog Democrat, Freddy Ferrer, in a landslide loss to Michael Bloomberg.

A year later, when 1199 played a major role in backing Andrew Cuomo, who had challenged Mr. McCall in the 2002 Democratic primary, in his run for Attorney general, Gaspard worked on races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington, DC.[11]

New Party/Working Families Party

In 1995 Patrick Gaspard was an organizer for the New Jersey chapter of the New Party.[14]

By 2001 Gaspard was a leading activist in the New Party offshoot, the New York Working Families Party

Gaspard and Bertha Lewis of ACORN, wrote a letter to the July 2, 2001 issue of The Nation describing their extensive joint involvement in Working Families Party activities. The letter was signed: “Bertha Lewis, ACORN, WFP; Patrick Gaspard, SEIU State Council, WFP.”

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Follow the “Spinning” web:

1.  Former ACORN Director gets $445 MILLION from U.S. Treasury.   It means the ACORN official (Joe McGavin) will go from operating a corrupt leftist community group that’s banned by Congress from receiving federal funding to controlling over $445 million in U.S. taxpayer funds. 

2.  ACORN operatives are rebuilding their organizing and fundraising apparatus, and ACORN is spawning new progeny. The groups have new names, but the faces behind them are familiar. They are roaming through government agencies in search of more federal grants.

3. These “new” groups are everywhere, gearing up to help reelect President Obama, a former ACORN employee.

Different Names, Same Faces: ACORN’s Front Groups

Take a look at the new names that ACORN state-level chapters are using. Incorporated as new nonprofits, they celebrate diversity and the cause of social justice for all. In some states, there is more than one ACORN front group.

Here are the 21 ACORN front groups we know about. An asterisk (*) indicates a newly discovered front group not previously identified inSubversion Inc.

Arizona: Living United for Change in Arizona* (LUCHA)

Arkansas: Arkansas Community Organizations

California: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island: New England United for Justice

Delaware: Delawareans for Social and Economic Justice*

District of Columbia and Maryland: Communities United and Communities United Training and Education Fund

Florida: Organize Now*

Louisiana: A Community Voice and Alliance Institute*

Minnesota: Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Missouri: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment (MORE)

New Mexico: Organizers in the Land of Enchantment* (OLÉ)

New York: New York Communities for Change (NYCC) and the Black Institute

North Carolina: Action North Carolina* (Action NC)

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ) and Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change (PCOC). PCOC does business under the name Action United.

Texas: Texas Organizing Project and Texas Organizing Project Education Fund

Washington: Organization United for Reform (OUR) Washington

These groups are typically staffed by former ACORN officials, and in many cases operate out of their former ACORN offices.

4.  White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard (now is the DNC Executive Director in Chicago), has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN.

5.  Important evidence of Obama’s pursuit of the New Party endorsement can also be found in the September-October 1995 issue of New Ground,” newsletter of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Obama’s New Party ties matter because they show that his links to ACORN went far beyond shared on-the-ground organizing, legal representation, training, or even funding (although all of those ties existed and were important). By running for office with the New Party, Obama was effectively indicating that he shared ACORN’s radical political goals.

So it’s of interest that in late 1995, just as Obama was seeking New Party endorsement in Chicago, Patrick Gaspard was working as a New Party organizer in New Jersey. (This was reported in “Jersey Man Hopes to Create Third Political Party,” NPR, “Morning Edition, ” September 28, 1995). Then, in the July 2, 2001 issue of “The Nation,” Gaspard and Bertha Lewis jointly published a reply to a June 4 Nation article by Doug Ireland which had been critical of the New York’s Working Families Party (a successor to the New Party, led by New Party co-founder Dan Cantor, and largely controlled by ACORN and the SEIU). In the course of their letter, Gaspard and Lewis describe their extensive joint involvement in Working Families Party activities. The letter is signed: “Bertha Lewis, ACORN, WFP; Patrick Gaspard, SEIU State Council, WFP.” This does seem to confirm and extend the new evidence of a close political tie between Patrick Gaspard and ACORN’s Bertha Lewis.

6.  ACORN, and the Working Families Party (a successor to the New Party, led by New Party co-founder Dan Cantor, and largely controlled by ACORN and the SEIU)

7.  Patrick Gaspard, the DNC Executive Director that once worked with Obama in the White House, has ties to ACORN, the New Party offshoot Worker’s Family Party and Bertha Lewis the former Director of ACORN is now in Chicago working on Obama’s re-election for 2012.

8.  The ACORN official (Joe McGavin) will go from operating a corrupt leftist community group that’s banned by Congress from receiving federal funding to controlling over $445 million in U.S. taxpayer funds. 

9.  Madeline Talbot hired Obama to teach Alinsky tactics to Illinois ACORN.

Madeline Talbot AND Barack Obama were members of Progressive Chicago.

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We are talking about a persistent and shared political-ideological alliance between President Obama and the complex of community, labor, and party organizations controlled by ACORN.

Gaspard and Bertha Lewis of ACORN, wrote a letter to the July 2, 2001 issue of The Nation describing their extensive joint involvement in Working Families Party activities. The letter was signed: “Bertha Lewis, ACORN, WFP; Patrick Gaspard, SEIU State Council, WFP.”

But 2012 is nearing, an election year in which President Barack Obama will seek reelection. On January 2011, the incumbent president launched his campaign sending Gaspard to Chicago to be the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Director.

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Related Links:

Vetting Obama Part 2: Barack Obama’s Ties to the Marxist Led New Party and “Progressive Chicago”

Excerpt:

Progressive Chicago was founded in 1993 by members of the New Party, in particular Madeline Talbott and Dan Swinney.

In an April 27, 1993 letter to prospective Progressive Chicago members, Dan Swinney wrote;

I recently have become interested in the New Party as well as committed myself to see if we can build a Progressive Chicago network, working withMadeline Talbott of ACORN – the local New Party convener.

I wanted to introduce you to the NP and Progressive Chicago and would like to talk to you about it to see if there is a role you want to play.

Enclosed is a brochure, a longer description of the NP and the ideas behind it…

A circa 1993 Progressive Chicago introductory pamphlet stated;

Progressive Chicago was started by members of the New Party who wanted to be able to put together an organization strong enough to win: If that means supporting a candidate running as a Democrat, then fine. If that means running our own candidates in aldermanic or state representative races on whatever line that gives them the best chance of winning, fine.

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Written and Exposed in 2008: No One Listened Then; Will YOU Listen Now? Barack Obama sought the New Party’s endorsement knowing it was a radical left organization

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“Rub Raw the Sores of Social Discontent”

~~Saul Alinsky

“The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change. We’ll give them a way to participate in the democratic process, a way to exercise their rights as citizens and strike back at the establishment that oppresses them, instead of giving in to apathy. We’ll start with specific issues — taxes, jobs, consumer problems, pollution — and from there move on to the larger issues: pollution in the Pentagon and the Congress and the board rooms of the megacorporations. Once you organize people, they’ll keep advancing from issue to issue toward the ultimate objective: people power. We’ll not only give them a cause, we’ll make life goddamn exciting for them again — life instead of existence. We’ll turn them on. – Saul Alinsky

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Do the italicized words above sound familiar America?

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#VET OBAMA in 2012

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  1. How I wish you guys could somehow get funding to produce your own cable show and inform everyone of this stuff. Such a waste of valuable information that the general public needs to know. Thank you all so much for your diligence and dedication.


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    Randi:

    Some of us are doing the job that the liberal biased media can’t or won’t do.

    The best mechanism to get the message out is for you to tell your family and friends, then request they tell their family members (in laws)and friends and so on, and so on.

    Glenn Beck is still informing America through his own network (GBTV), Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others including Trevor Loudon are doing speaking tours around the U.S.

    We all must STAND UP, volunteer for Conservative candidates,etc. To insure Obama is a one term president.

    Romanticpoet

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