ACORN Loses its Funding Ban Appeal

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August 13

AP is reporting that the federal  Court of Appeals overturned a district court  which had ruled unconstitutional Congress’ ban on future ACORN funding.

h/t: Dan Riehl

The lower court decision was preposterous and the reversal is both understandable and welcome.

Clarice Feldman

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/08/acorn_loses_its_funding_ban_ap.html

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As an aside:

An excerpt from an article titled : “Radicalizing Community”

Link

After asserting the importance of human agency in the struggle for social justice, it is essential to keep in mind how difficult the struggle has been and how quickly opportunities are closed by those in power. Cloward and Piven (1999) assert that throughout the twentieth century, for example, there were only two five-year periods, 1933–1938 and 1963–1968, when significant gains were won. The rest of the time, progressive forces were either back on their heels, treading water, or planting seeds. This analysis does not highlight gains made by other history makers, including movement activists, trade union members, and Left political formations, who struggled in all those other ninety years in the past century around so many other causes. But the gains during the ten years were definitely transformative ones, where the national political economy and especially the national state were forced to expand the social welfare system, engage in redistributionist politics, and support the broad struggles for human rights and inclusion. The authors were clearly drawing a historical lesson, more than detailing history making. The lesson remains worth repeating.

People make history when they challenge the existing power and when the times are right. But those right times are few and far between, and they do not last very long. Community organizing has a critical role to play in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, and this current economic crisis offers a window of opportunity that students and makers of history should recognize and make the most of. We see the current moment as filled with potential, but only if people act. On the other hand, whether major or minor gains are made in the present, the potential shift underway that began with the economic crisis and the presidential election in the United States should play itself out for the near future, either reversing neoliberal policies of the past thirty years or reforming its gross excesses.

Still, the future of democracy and the egalitarian project depends on Left opposition. Mary Ellen Lease, in a similar historical moment, working with American agrarian populists, challenged her fellow history makers to “raise less corn and more hell.” It was an idea and strategy in the finest traditions of democratic dissent. It would do us all well to heed the varied lessons of the past, understand history better, and seek to become the history makers feared by those who have controlled the forces of history for more than a generation.

“Radicalizing Community” is an excerpt from Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing, to be published in June 2010 by Rutgers University Press,

http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu

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America:  “Had Enough” of the Progressive agenda?

The ONLY thing the Progressives FEAR is the BALLOT BOX.

November 2010 is coming…….

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NOT RACIST.

NOT VIOLENT.

JUST SILENT NO MORE.


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Like the “Frog in the Boiling Pot”: Stealth Socialism by ACORN Exposed

 

The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

The boiling frog story is generally told in a metaphorical context, with the upshot being that people should make themselves aware of gradual change lest they suffer eventual undesirable consequences.

Link

From American Thinker:

May 30, 2010

ACORN insider lays out the ‘stealth socialism’ strategy

Thomas Lifson

Anita Moncrief has written a worthwhile personal account of her involvement with ACORN, and effectively lays out the entire strategy the Alinksy left, and its chosen instrument, Barack Obama, to “fundamentally change” America. Moncrief describes the moment in 2008, when she went from unwitting to witting, in terms of the strategy to make America into a people’s socialist republic. 

As an ACORN insider my indoctrination as a socialist was a slow but steady progression from radical liberalism to embracing the stealth socialist methods that had made ACORN a powerful force in American electoral politics. Two years ago, in the mist of a heated presidential election year, I noticed a Facebook page of Socialism 2008. The graffiti-like picture beckoned young Socialists to Chicago, Illinois on June 19th, 2008. I RSVPed for the event on Facebook without fully understanding what had just taken place. The line between radical, liberal Democrat and socialist was almost invisible at this point.

Working for ACORN/Project Vote facilitated my crossing the “socialist”threshold and I had become what insiders termed “one of the true believers.” True believers were instrumental in the survival of ACORN and the process of making an employee a true believer began on the very first day.

The entire essay, appearing at Hot Air is worth reading. She names names and doesn‘t mince words. Here is one tidbit:
 

From October 2005 until 2008, I did fundraising work with ACORN and used political donor lists. All Democrat: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Democratic National Committee. When I appeared as a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” last year, I said that ACORN had served for years as an unofficial arm of the Democratic Party, but Bill O’Reilly didn’t discuss that with me. Ignoring it is exactly what the stealth socialists want.

 
Moncrief discusses the troubles facing the stealth socialist coalition now:
 

… it seems impossible that the coalition that put Obama in the White House and gave Democrats huge majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives will continue to work smoothly together now that Obama and the Congressional Democrats are in control and America is learning what Obama really meant by the seductive-sounding “hope and change.” ACORN needed the cloak of stealth socialism to maintain its hold on the poor. ACORN’s image is synonymous with blacks and other minorities and the race card has become the last bastion of its “hope.”

 
Moncreif then skewers the real “executive suites” leadership of ACORN, with a picture of all white faces taken at an executive “retreat” for ACORN.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/05/acorn_insider_lays_out_the_ste.html

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ROOTS of ACORN

 

Written by Gregory A. Hession, J.D.   

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

[….]

ACORN had figured out early on how the Washington money game was played.  It got ACTION to pay one of its subsidiaries called the Midwest Academy to train VISTA volunteers, who then worked for ACORN projects on the taxpayers’ tab.  It also got direct grants to pay for salaries of its own staff.  Author Rees calls the leftist Saul Alinsky’s organization “positively rightwing by comparison,” which is saying quite a bit. 

In an article by David Walls, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Sonoma State University, he stated,

Around 1970 several national networks began to coalesce and develop systematic and distinctive approaches to community organizing. These include [Alinsky’s] Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), ACORN, Citizen Action, National People’s Action, PICO, DART, and the Gamaliel Foundation. Each was indebted, in greater or lesser degree, to Alinsky and his early organizing programs in Chicago through IAF.

Over the years, ACORN grew into an organization with fairly well-defined goals.  It runs a large voter-registration effort, which claims to have registered 1.3 million new voters during this election cycle.  It agitates for so-called “living wages” and union organizing, with Wal-Mart as a frequent target.  It pushes for banks to lend to low-income borrowers on a large scale, which almost certainly was instrumental in the recent financial crisis.  It also does a smorgasbord of other big-government advocacy, such as pushing for government intervention in healthcare, housing, utility regulation, and the like.

Their recent aggressive voter-registration practices have crossed the line of legality, and landed them in hot water in over a dozen states, for registering voters such as Mickey Mouse, or entire professional sports teams who don’t exist. Barack Obama has utilized ACORN and its affiliates to register 150,000 new voters in Chicago for his 1994 state senate election, which likely provided the margin of victory. 

Excerpted; Read entire article HERE……….

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ACORN’s Wade Rathke interviewed by Megyn Kelly

Interview with Wade Rathke: States he is still involved with SEIU Local 100 AND is now working with ACORN International.

ACORN founder Wade Rathke

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Wade Rathke is called the “Chief Organizer”: even has his own blog about ACORN International:

http://chieforganizer.org/

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Bertha Lewis CEO Acorn admits Socialism and uses “FEAR” tactics to push agenda.

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“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” – Norman Thomas, U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate 1940, 1944 and 1948

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Margaret Thatcher quotes from an TV interview February 1975:

“Perhaps I can summarise it best by saying this—Nations that have pursued equality, like the Iron Curtain countries, I think have finished up with neither equality, nor liberty. Nations, which like us, in the past have pursued liberty, as a fundamental objective, extending it to all, have finished up with liberty, human dignity, and far fewer inequalities than other people.”

“[L]iberty is fundamental. Liberty, human dignity, a higher standard of living is fundamental. And, steadily, I think, people are beginning to realise that you don’t have those things unless you have a pretty large private enterprise sector. Any Iron Curtain country has neither liberty, nor a very high standard of living. The two things go, economic and political freedom, go together. I’ve been right in the forefront of saying that, here, in the States, and it’s very interesting to me now, to see a number of articles from people who are taking up the same theme. They are disturbed that Socialism is reducing liberty and freedom for ordinary people, and that’s really what matters.”


http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=102953

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“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”

 -Samuel Adams”

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NOT RACIST.

NOT VIOLENT.

JUST NO LONGER SILENT.

An ACORN by Another Name? Facing New Voter Fraud Charges, ACORN Rebranding Continues

 

***ALL CREDIT FOR THIS POSTING GOES TO MATTHEW VADUM and Newsrealblog for posting it****

 

Facing New Voter Fraud Charges, ACORN Rebranding Continues

by Matthew Vadum

March 12, 2010

Glenn Beck hasn’t been paying much attention to ACORN lately — and that’s too bad.

He’s done the nation a great service by helping to publicize ACORN’s crimes against the American people and for that we should be thankful.

But there are so many other corrupt practices ACORN is guilty of. We have only just scratched the surface of the group’s crimes.

The public needs to know about the massive hoax that ACORN is now attempting to perpetrate on America.

The con goes like this: ACORN is trying to pass off various state chapters as supposedly new groups independent of ACORN. In this rebranding exercise state chapters are declaring that they have separated from the national ACORN group and reestablishing themselves as independent nonprofit entities.

At least four dummy nonprofit corporations have emerged from the rebranding process in recent months.

They are the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice (Massachusetts) and Arkansas Community Organizations. All four groups operate out of ACORN offices and are run by ACORN staffers. The president of New England United for Justice, Maude Hurd, just happens to be the 20-year national president of ACORN.

A leaked email from ACORN’s online director suggests ACORN will probably run out of money and fold by year’s end but a dozen ACORN state chapters reincorporated to seem like new, independent organizations will spring up in coming days to carry on ACORN’s business.

“The truth is that it is hard for us to forsee [sic] any scenario where ACORN continues beyond the end of 2010 and some of us think it might not last that long,” writes Nathan Henderson-James, director of ACORN’s online campaigns, in an apparently authentic Feb. 22 email.

“Last one to leave turn out the lights and wipe the server,” he writes at the end of the message.

The message from Henderson-James was forwarded to me by various sources who obtained it from the Google listserv Townhouse, an invitation-only discussion forum run by Matt Stoller, senior policy adviser to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).

Meanwhile, ACORN workers are facing fresh election fraud charges in Wisconsin.

The charges reminds the public that that the scandal-prone radical group is as determined as ever to cause trouble come election time.

In Milwaukee, Maria L. Miles and Kevin L. Clancy will face charges of felony election fraud for reportedly repeatedly registering the same individuals on voter-registration forms. Both of the former ACORN employees face up to three years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Milwaukee ACORN canvasser Latoya Lewis already was convicted of election fraud in October. All three cases arise out of the 2008 presidential election cycle.

Needless to say ACORN and its vote fraud arm, Project Vote, aren’t worried. To the nationwide network of hundreds of tax-eating nonprofit ACORN affiliates, it’s business as usual: another day, another vote-fraud scheme.

In related news, a racketeering lawsuit has driven ACORN out of Ohio. As part of the settlement, ACORN has agreed to surrender its right to do business in Ohio.

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/03/12/facing-new-voter-fraud-charges-acorn-rebranding-continues//#pageTitle

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ADD THIS:

 

Obama Spiked ACORN Investigation

March 12, 2010
by Publius

Documents released today by Judicial Watch reference serious allegations of corruption and voter registration fraud by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN), as well as the Obama administration’s decision to shut down a criminal investigation into these matters.

Two specific complaints were filed against ACORN for alleged voter fraud in October 2008 by Lucy Corelli and Joseph Borges, Republican Registrars of Voters in Stamford and Bridgeport, Connecticut, respectively. As part of its continuing investigation into alleged criminal activities of ACORN, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents concerning this matter with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Read the whole thing.

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/03/12/obama-spiked-acorn-investigation/

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How ACORN Hides Behind Fake Names

 

 

From Canada Free Press: All credit goes to the author and the website posting this article.

How ACORN Hides Behind Fake Names

By Warner Todd Huston

October 9, 2009

Many states have ways to look up the businesses, organizations and people with whom the state does business. Illinois has such a service on the Secretary of State’s website.

In Illinois there is a way to search the folks the state does business with on a page titled Corporate/LLC Search / Certificate of Good Standing. There you can input the name of a corporation or LLC and find out the address of its offices, its registered manager’s name, etc.

Sadly, this feature is not easy to use. The problem is you have to know the actual name of the corporation you are looking for. Of course, if you don’t really know what you are looking for you just cannot find anything useful.

The problem with the Illinois search system is that groups like ACORN register hundreds of different shell corporations to hide behind. They register them to their workers and their directors and then they offer them to government as a vendor or organization for the state’s use. Naturally, state funds  flow like water into ACORN’s coffers as a result.

Other states have easier ways to search their state records. In the state of Louisiana, for instance, one can search by a person’s name. On the Louisiana site you are not limited to the name of the corporation like you are in Illinois so it is a bit easier to find vendors and corporations that are approved to work with the state. (Louisiana mainpage, or go to the search only page)

On the Louisiana site I typed in the name of ACORN founder Wade Rathke to see what corporations and LLCs he had registered with the state. I also tried Dale Rathke, his embezzler brother, to see what he had registered with the state. The results are amazing.

What I found were dozens of different shell corporations registered to Wade and Dale Rathke all of which have the potential of reaping thousands of dollars from the state of Louisiana. The same thing is happening in every state of the union and it isn’t just Wade and Dale doing this. ACORN employees at all levels are doing this in order to hide the fact that they are registering ACORN agencies.

Louisiana List (all registered to New Orleans):

RATHKE, STEPHEN WADE

Agent of “UNITED LABOR ORGANIZATIONS”
President of “TEXAS UNITED CITY-COUNTY EMPLOYEES, INC.”
President of “BALTIMORE ORGANIZING AND SUPPORT CENTER, INC.”
President of “WORKING FAMILIES ASSOCIATION, INC.”
Member of “COALITION FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN , L.L.C.”
President of “CHIEF ORGANIZER FUND, INC.”
Director of “CHIEF ORGANIZER FUND, INC.”
President of “ACORN INTERNATIONAL, INC.”
President of “WAL-MART ALLIANCE FOR REFORM NOW, INC.”
President of “AFFILIATED MEDIA FOUNDATION MOVEMENT, INC.”
Director of “UNITED LABOR ORGANIZATIONS”
Vice-President of “METRO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC.”
Affiliated with “ELYSIAN FIELDS PARTNERSHIP”
Director of “PARENT TEACHER GROUP OF CHINCHUBA SCHOOL, INC.”
President of “GREENWELL SPRINGS CORPORATION”
President of “BROAD STREET CORPORATION, INC.”
President of “SIXTH AVENUE CORPORATION”
President of “FIFTEENTH STREET CORPORATION”
Director of “FIFTEENTH STREET CORPORATION”
President of “ACORN BENEFICIAL ASSOCIATION, INC.”
President of “ACORN FUND, INC.”
President of “HOUSTON ORGANIZING AND SUPPORT CENTER, INC.”
Director of “HOUSTON ORGANIZING AND SUPPORT CENTER, INC.”
Director of “AUSTIN ORGANIZING AND SUPPORT CENTER, INC.”
Treasurer of “AUSTIN ORGANIZING AND SUPPORT CENTER, INC.”
President of “MONTANA RADIO NETWORK, INC.”
Director of “MONTANA RADIO NETWORK, INC.”
President of “PHOENIX ORGANIZING AND SUPPORT CENTER, INC.”
Agent of “PARENT TEACHER GROUP OF CHINCHUBA SCHOOL, INC.”

RATHKE, DALE

Treasurer of “ACORN MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, INC.”
Secretary/Treasurer of “METRO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC.”
Affiliated with “ELYSIAN FIELDS PARTNERSHIP”
Director of “ COMMUNITY HOUSING ORGANIZATION, INC.”
Secretary of “ASSOCIATED REGIONAL MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS, INC.”
Secretary/Treasurer of “SIXTH AVENUE CORPORATION”
Secretary of “MASSACHUSETTS ACORN HOUSING CORPORATION”
Director of “CRESCENT CITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION”
Treasurer of “CRESCENT CITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION”
Secretary of “SHREVEPORT COMMUNITY TELEVISION, INC.”
Secretary of “LOUISIANA ACORN FAIR HOUSING, INC.”
Agent of “MASSACHUSETTS ACORN HOUSING CORPORATION”

You can be sure to find a similar list of corporations registered in Illinois and every other state. These registered entities are really shell corporations of ACORN.

Illinoisans, join us and Say NO to ACORN.

Sign the petition and tell Governor Quinn that you want a real investigation to end corruption for good.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/15607

 

Warner Todd Huston Most recent columns

Warner Todd Huston’s thoughtful commentary, sometimes irreverent often historically based, is featured on many websites such as renewamerica.us, townhall.com, opinioneditorials.com, and americandaily.com, among many, many others. He has also written for several history magazines, and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture,” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of Publius’ Forum.

Warner can be reached at: igcolonel@hotmail.com

 

Are Communists (or neo-Communists) Dangerous? Yes, Bill, they are.

 

 

From David Horowitz at NewsRealblog and Discover the Networks:

 

Are Communists (or neo-Communists) Dangerous? Yes, Bill, they are.

September 20, 2009

On Friday night, O’Reilly and Beck had a back-and-forth about communism (inspired by Beck’s takedown of self-proclaimed communist and presidential adviser Van Jones). O’Reilly opined (I hate that word but he likes it, so there it is) that he was afraid of Islamo-fascists but not of communists. Like many Americans, O’Reilly thinks that because the communist party is almost a thing of the past (it exists but is not and will not be big enough to throw its weight around again), the communist idea is dead. It is not.

It’s interesting that we have words like “neo-Nazi” to describe post-Hitler Nazis, and “neo-conservative” to describe liberals who left the Democratic Party when it took a sharp turn to the left, but not “neo-Communist” to describe the massive numbers of people on the left — and among them very influential people — who share, almost to the jot and tittle, the old communist view of capitalism, and are prepared to act on that perception.

Michael Moore’s new film promises to be a dramatization of this view of capitalism if his communist propaganda film Sicko is any indication). Neo-communists like Moore share the old communists’ antipathy for the United States and sympathy for its enemies, even enemies as evil as Iran and Hizbollah. Noam Chomsky, the self-hating MIT sociopath is a big fan of the Hizbollah and Hamas Nazis, so deep is his hatred for Jews and the United States.

Neo-communism is a view whose members consider themselves “citizens of the world,” not of America, and who therefore agitate for open borders and want the morally repulsive collection of autocracies, slaveocracies and kleptocracieshe  called “the United Nations” to reign over us and the world.

A neo-communist is someone  who believes that America is ruled by corporations who put “profit over people” — and thereby show that they don’t understand either profit or people. A neo-communist is someone who is convinced that race, class, and gender hierarchies make it not only legitimate but necessary to describe America as a “white supremacist” society. Neo-communists believe that a revolution is necessary (if not opportune at the moment), that the Consitution is a disposable document, and that America’s communist and Islamo-fascist enemies (Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Hizbollah, the PLO and Hamas), are freedom fighters or at least on the right side of the armageddon that faces us.

These are views shared by The Nation magazine, by Commonsense.org, by the Indymedia crowd, by the social justice movement, by the majority of the Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus on the Democratic side in Congress, and by tens of thousands of university professors who indoctrinate their students in these pernicious ideologies every day. They are the views held by the leaders of ACORN, the SEIU, AFCSME and other leftwing unions, by radical feminists, by organizations like MALDEF and La Raza, by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights who are working to support the Islamo-fascist agenda in America, by the major Muslim organizations including the Muslim Students Association, CAIR, and the Islamic Circle of North America.

Read the entire article HERE

 

End note:

For those of you unfamiliar with a background of the far left, I  suggest you seriously research the above links to educate yourselves in the manifesto/mission of these groups.

 

 

Exclusive by Mike Roman: ACORN Operating Illegally in Maryland

 

http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/15/exclusive-acorn-illegally-operating-in-maryland/

 

Exclusive:  ACORN Operating ILLEGALLY in Maryland

by Mike Roman

Last week, we saw some pretty disturbing activities revealed in the undercover footage from ACORN Housing’s Baltimore office. By any measure of conduct, the actions of ACORN’s employees should never have happened. It turns out the actions shouldn’t have happened for another, very simple, reason: ACORN can’t legally operate in the state of Maryland.

According to the following documents, ACORN, Inc.–the parent organization of all things ACORN–forfeited its corporate charter in Maryland in 2006. ACORN Housing forfeited its corporate charter in 2008. Any ACORN office in the state of Maryland is potentially operating illegally.

The Maryland Attorney General has made noise about prosecuting the intrepid journalists who undercovered the misdeeds of ACORN employees. Perhaps he should focus instead on how ACORN was able to operate without a license in his state.

 ***Documents from the State of Maryland can be viewed HERE.

 

 

My end note:

It is time for a RICO investigation into this enterprise.

 

“Live From New York”….another ACORN video. Congress MUST Investigate ACORN!

 
FIRST THIS:

ACORN Watch: “Honesty is not going to get you the house”

By Michelle Malkin • September 14, 2009
 

James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles visited one of ACORN’s New York offices in August, where they picked up handy tips on how to lie on housing forms to cover up a prostitution business (”Honesty is not going to get you the house,” one ACORN official advises) and how to hide cash from their illicit business (”When you buy the house with the backyard, you get a tin…and you bury it down in there…cover it…and put the grass over it…”).

Watch the whole thing at Big Government. This is now the third videotaped sting exposing the ACORN racket’s law-undermining, truth-sabotaging counseling sessions.

If the Census Bureau no longer trusts ACORN to collect data as a result of these videotapes, why is Congress still allowing taxpayer money to be funneled to the ACORN Housing Corporation?

AHC has received an estimated $16 million in taxpayer funds between 1997-2007, according to the Employment Policies Institute.

Last week, I noted that ACORN is now managing apartments in Bedford-Stuyvesant for the newly completed Atlantic Avenue Apartments.

In April, I noted that the bone-headed Bush administration shoved another $1.6 million into AHC’s pockets to subsidize the left-wing mortgage counseling racket.

AHC has a long history of abusing federal housing funds and Americorps grants for political activities. Thanks to the Consumer Rights League and brave ACORN whistleblowers, we also know their shady practices include working to obtain mortgages for illegal aliens and relying on undocumented income, “under the table” money, that may not be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

And thanks to the Employment Policies Institute, we know the stench goes back decades. Just one infamous episode from 1994:

AmeriCorps

In 1994 the ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC) was awarded a $1.1 million grant by AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National Service (CNS). The money was intended to fund the training of 42 AmeriCorps members in 13 cities. The workers were expected to identify low-income families hoping to purchase a first home, to assist them in finding suitable housing, and to advise them in securing the
necessary financing.

During the grant-making process, AHC was asked about its relationship to ACORN, because political advocates were ineligible for the grant. At the time, AHC maintained that it was a completely separate entity from ACORN, and CNS awarded the grant based on this understanding.

Evidence uncovered by Luise Jordan, the Inspector General for AmeriCorps, suggests that this promised separation was simply not true. In testimony before a house subcommittee, Jordan stated:

Our preliminary research determined that AHC was part of a number of ACORN-related organizations.

… Not only did we find references to ACORN having “created” AHC to serve purposes common to both organizations, we noted numerous transactions and activities involving AHC and other “fraternal” ACORN-related corporations. These transactions included costs charged to AHC, and thus to the CNS grant, by ACORN or other ACORN-related entities. … Charges of this nature were made to our grant for the AHC locations where AHC and ACORN (or other ACORN-related activities) were co-located.

AHC’s initial subterfuge pales in comparison to the illegal fundraising scheme it subsequently operated, using its AmeriCorps grant to increase ACORN’s membership.

According to Jordan, one ACORN member in the Dallas regional office stated that “the only reason for having the AmeriCorps program was to gain new ACORN members, and that if AmeriCorps loan counseling clients did not start becoming ACORN members, she could and would halt the AmeriCorps project.” Jordan found that this understanding was not limited to the Dallas office. Using government funds to solicit membership in an organization that— like ACORN—participates in direct political advocacy is a violation of federal guidelines.

AHC also utilized its government-funded loan counseling program to steer low-income families toward ACORN memberships. Jordan found that AHC had distributed leaflets stating that low income, first-time homebuyers were required to join ACORN, at an annual cost of $60, in order to receive the government-subsidized counseling. “An AHC loan counseling client in New Orleans (who is a retired high school business teacher),” she explained, “was escorted by an AmeriCorps member to an ACORN organizer who solicited membership in ACORN. The client felt like she was not going to be allowed to leave until she gave the ACORN organizer a $60 check, or authorized a $5 per month automatic bank draft for ACORN membership dues.” And as with ACORN’s own employees who attempted to unionize, AmeriCorps members who refused to participate in this illegal fundraising scheme faced the threat of immediate termination.

The Inspector General’s office (IG) was lucky to find out as much about the improper relationship between AHC and ACORN as it did. And AHC made every effort to obstruct the investigation. The IG issued subpoenas to AHC and ACORN, whose response “did not include several documents, or parts of documents that we had obtained from our other sources.” Jordan later wrote, “Our subpoena clearly called for these documents, and they were critical in supporting the conclusions of our investigation.” Withholding required documentation was only the beginning of AHC’s attempt to hinder the investigation. AHC also limited the ability of investigators to interview AmeriCorps members in private. This greatly hampered the IG’s ability to obtain reliable information regarding the activities of AmeriCorps members. Eventually, in response to a torrent of red flags raised by the IG, the Corporation for National Service terminated AHC’s grant…

• Tax forms show that the ACORN Housing Corporation has received more than $11,230,000 in public funds since fiscal year 1997. More than $5,100,000 was paid in fees or grants to ACORN entities.

I’ll ask again: If the Census Bureau no longer trusts ACORN to collect data as a result of these videotapes, why is Congress still allowing taxpayer money to be funneled to the ACORN Housing Corporation?

It’s all about the coordinated corruption.

Call your congressional representatives (202-224-3121) and say it louder:

ACORN is a criminal enterprise.

Not one more taxpayer dime.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/14/acorn-watch-honesty-is-not-going-to-get-you-the-house/

 

THEN ADD THIS: 

GO  HERE   FOR A LIST OF THE  361 ENTITIES of the ACORN COUNCIL.

 

THE LATEST:

The independent filmmaker whose hidden-camera videos prompted the firing of four ACORN workers is demanding an apology from ACORN for calling his work a fabricated “scam” and daring the activist group to take legal action against him. 

“Bring it on,” filmmaker James O’Keefe said Sunday on FOX News. 

That was after ACORN lashed out at O’Keefe, who with his friend Hannah Giles posed as a pimp and prostitute looking to evade the IRS and apply for an illegal housing loan for a brothel. The sting operation caught four ACORN workers in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices appearing to offer their help. 

Those workers were subsequently fired, and the U.S. Census Bureau severed ties with ACORN in the wake of the controversy. But ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis issued a written statement Saturday saying that while she cannot defend the actions of the workers who were terminated, O’Keefe may have committed a “felony” with his operation. She also threatened legal action against FOX News, which aired the videos but did not produce them

“It is clear that the videos are doctored, edited, and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by conservative activist ‘filmmaker’ O’Keefe and his partner in crime. And, in fact, a crime it was — our lawyers believe a felony — and we will be taking legal action against Fox and their co-conspirators,” she said. 

In an interview with FOX News senior correspondent Eric Shawn, O’Keefe said he wants an apology from those media outlets “covering for ACORN” as well as from ACORN itself. He said he doubts ACORN will file suit. 

“They don’t have any leg to stand on, so they’re saying I dubbed in my voice which is completely absurd,” he said. “When the truth comes out in the end, they’re going to be apologizing to us.” 

O’Keefe said he was “just trying to hold these organizations accountable.” 

Lewis said in her statement that O’Keefe’s “scam” was attempted in several other cities but had “failed for months.” 

O’Keefe declined to comment on the allegedly unsuccessful attempts, but said it’s a “lie” to claim that any ACORN offices “kicked us out.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/13/filmmaker-demands-apology-acorn-claiming-undercover-video-doctored/

 

End note:

O’Keefe’s response to a possible lawsuit?  “Bring It On.”

IF a lawsuit is filed, it will expose ACORN further.  It is called DISCOVERY; information that has to be turned over to both parties before a lawsuit is heard.

 

Will the “Powers that Be”, according to Rep. Conyers continue to obstruct any investigation into ACORN now?

Any Congressional members with a BACKBONE should demand an investigation into the corruption of ACORN……….NOW!

Census Bureau Cuts Ties To ACORN…….

 

ACORN Watch: Census Bureau cuts ties; Update: Census letter added

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 11, 2009

It’s a start!

FNC’s Major Garrett reports on Twitter that the U.S. Census Bureau has cut all ties to ACORN, which had been named a Census data collection partner for the 2010 Census.

Census director Robert Groves, an ACORN-approved nominee, reportedly sent a letter to the racketeers today in the wake of Big Government’s videotaped stings in Baltimore and DC.

Now, on to a full investigation of the ACORN Housing Corporation, CSI, CCI, Project Vote and the Obama campaign.

No more taxpayer funding for this corrupt racket.

Cut ‘em all off NOW.

Repeat after me: ACORN is a criminal enterprise.

***

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today applauded U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves’ decision to terminate its partnership with ACORN in conducting the 2010 Census: “ACORN had no business working on the Census. ACORN’s partisan election efforts and its involvement in criminal conduct rightly disqualified it from working on the non-partisan mission of the Census to accurately and honestly count the U.S. population,” said Rep. Issa. “Had ACORN been allowed to submit fraudulent information to the Census, it could have changed the boundaries of Congressional districts and altered Federal funding decisions to states and local communities. I applaud Census Bureau Director Robert Groves for making this independent decision following mounting evidence of wrongdoing by ACORN.”

Here’s the PDF of the Census Director’s letter to ACORN’s Maude Hurd.

Takeaway quotes from letter: “Over the last several months, through ongoing communication with our regional offices, it is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with 2010 Census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has ineed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 Census efforts. While not decisive factors in this decision, recent events concerning several local offices of ACORN have added to the worsening negative perceptions of ACORN and its affiliation with our partnership efforts.”

Bottom line: “We no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your offices.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/11/acorn-watch-census-bureau-cuts-ties/

 

End note:

Will the “Powers that Be”, according to Rep. Conyers continue to obstruct any investigation into ACORN now?

Any Congressional members with a BACKBONE should demand an investigation into the corruption of ACORN……….NOW!

 

 

ACORN EXPOSED! Representative Steve King Calls for Congressional Investigation of ACORN

From: BigGovernment.com

http://biggovernment.com/

 

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood, started a new website recently, BigGovernment.com.  And filmmaker James O’Keefe, 25-year-old independent filmmaker, has his own theory about how to expose people on the left and he’s using Alinsky rules.  One of the Saul Alinsky rules in dealing with your enemies is making your enemies live by their own rules will destroy them.  So O’Keefe’s theory is, hey, just calling attention to their corruption and disagreeing with it and demanding that it stop isn’t going to accomplish anything.  We’ve got to go encourage the corruption and illustrate how it happens.  So what happened was, James O’Keefe posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named Kenya who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN’s office in Baltimore.  The couple told ACORN staffers that they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business.

Now, ACORN advised the woman on two things:  how to avoid being caught paying taxes, how to avoid paying taxes on her business, how to cheat the IRS, and how to get away with running a prostitution business in Baltimore.  We have couple sound bites that illustrate this.  There’s video of this.  The whole video runs about an hour.  They got two long segments of it on O’Keefe’s site at BigGovernment.com.  This is your tax dollars at work, by the way.  ACORN employees, ACORN, four to five billion dollars in the stimulus package directly to them.  Remember, ACORN is Barack Obama’s training ground.  When he got to Chicago he became a community organizer with ACORN.  He taught them how to do things; they taught him how to do things.  We now have an ACORN-type community agitator as president of the United States.  So in this bite, this is the videotape, James O Keefe is posing as the pimp, his woman, Kenya, posing as the prostitute at the ACORN Baltimore office, and in this bite the ACORN employee advises the cameraman on how to hide a prostitution business.

 

 

Glenn Beck Scolds MSM for Ignoring ACORN Corruption 9/10/09

 

ACORN fires 2 after hidden-camera footage aired

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9AKO0I80&show_article=1

 

BALTIMORE (AP) – The nonprofit housing group ACORN has fired two employees at its Baltimore office who were seen on hidden-camera video giving advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman pretending to be a prostitute.

Fox News Channel broadcast excerpts from the video Thursday. Those excerpts showed a man and woman asking about buying a house and how to account on tax forms for the woman’s income. An ACORN employee advises the woman to list her occupation as “performance artist.

Maryland ACORN board member Margaret Williams says in a statement the employees “did not meet ACORN’s standards of professionalism.”

The statement also says the video was an attempt to smear ACORN and that undercover teams attempted similar stunts at three other ACORN offices.

ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. 

 

GO  HERE   FOR A LIST OF THE  361 ENTITIES of the ACORN COUNCIL.

 

Rep. Steve King Calls for Congressional Investigation of ACORN

by Publius

From the desk of Congressman Steve King (R-IA):

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Steve King today reacted to a tape released by an independent filmmaker showing Baltimore-based ACORN workers assisting a man and a woman claiming to be involved in a prostitution ring. According to FOXNEWS, “Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.”

“Taxpayers should be outraged that their money has gone to an organization that, in addition to facing charges of voter fraud and tax violations, is willing to facilitate prostitution,” King said. “As this video confirms, ACORN continues to operate as a criminal enterprise. Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, Barney Frank and other Democrats on Capitol Hill continue to protect and fund ACORN while blocking Congressional hearings on ACORN’s operations and finances. Shielding ACORN from oversight ensures that this partisan criminal enterprise will continue its shady practices while collecting taxpayer funds.”

 

WHY IS MEDIA SILENT ON ACORN CORRUPTION?

http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/10/glenn-beck-media-silent-on-acorn-corruption/

Note: Rep. Conyers was interested in starting an investigation about ACORN, but then dropped interest in pursing the case. WHY? According to Conyers, the “Powers that be; from the higher ups told him to drop it”……..

 

From: http://thomas.loc.gov

 

1.

S.AMDT.107 to H.R.1 Prohibiting direct or indirect use of funds to fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 2/3/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2009 Senate amendment not agreed to. Status: Amendment SA 107 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 45 – 51. Record Vote Number: 56.


 

2. S.AMDT.705 to H.R.1388 To prohibit ACORN, or organizations affiliated or co-located with ACORN, from receiving assistance under this Act.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 3/25/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2009 Motion to table amendment SA 705 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 – 43. Record Vote Number: 114.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 1st Session 

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

 

Vote Summary

HOW YOUR CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN VOTED:

 

 

Question: On the Motion to Table (Motion to Table Vitter Amdt. No. 705 )

 

Vote Number: 114 Vote Date: March 26, 2009, 03:16 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Motion to Table Agreed to
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 705 to S.Amdt. 687 to H.R. 1388 (GIVE Act)
Statement of Purpose: To prohibit ACORN, or organizations affiliated or co-located with ACORN, from receiving assistance under this Act.
Vote Counts: YEAs 53
  NAYs 43
  Not Voting 3
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

 

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Not Voting
Byrd (D-WV), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Not Voting
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
Martinez (R-FL), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Specter (R-PA), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

  

America: Have you had ENOUGH YET?

 

 

ACORN Officials Videotaped Telling ‘Pimp,’ ‘Prostitute’ How to Lie to IRS

 

First ACORN is being investigated for VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD. NOW THIS……

http://biggovernment.breitbart.com/2009/09/10/chaos-for-glory/

 

ACORN Officials Videotaped Telling ‘Pimp,’ ‘Prostitute’ How to Lie to IRS

September 10, 2009

Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.

The videotape was made public Thursday on BigGovernment.com, a political blog launched by Andrew Breitbart as a companion site to his BigHollywood.breitbart.com blog.

In the videotape, made on July 24, James O’Keefe, a 25-year-old independent filmmaker, posed as a pimp with a 20-year-old woman named “Kenya” who posed as a prostitute while visiting ACORN’s office in Baltimore. The couple told ACORN staffers they wanted to secure housing where the woman could continue to maintain a prostitution business.

ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — bills itself as the nation’s largest community of low- and moderate-income families “working together for social justice and stronger communities,” according to its Web site. The organization has been accused by Republicans and conservative activists with fraud in voter registration drives around the country and has been under fire since last year for its support of President Obama and for its planned participation in next year’s census.

A spokesman for ACORN, Scott Levenson, when asked to comment on the videotape, said: “The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism. This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further.”

On the videotape, “Kenya” can be seen telling an ACORN staffer that she earns roughly $8,000 a month. The ACORN employee then suggests to “Kenya” that ACORN could submit a tax return for 2008 showing that she made $9,600 for the entire year — instead of $96,000 — and that ACORN would charge “Kenya” $50 instead of the usual $150 fee for preparing her taxes.

ACORN offers tax preparation and benefits application services free of charge during tax season; it charges nominal fees during non-tax season.

The ACORN staffer can also be seen suggesting that the prostitute list her occupation as a freelance “performing artist.”

“It’s not dancing, trust me,” the “pimp” says.

“But dancing is considered an art,” the ACORN staffer replies. “[Exotic dancers] usually go under performing artists, or yeah, they usually go under performing arts, which will be what you are — a performing artist.”

The “pimp” later says that he and “Kenya” plan to bring up to 13 “very young” girls from El Salvador to work as prostitutes. Although an ACORN staffer points out their plans are illegal, she also suggests that the girls can be claimed as dependents.

“What if they are going to be making money because they are performing tricks too?” the pimp says.

“If they making money and they are underage, then you shouldn’t be letting anybody know anyway,” the ACORN staffer says, and laughs. “It’s illegal. So I am not hearing this, I am not hearing this. You talk too much. Don’t give up no information you’re not asked.”

The “pimp” then asks ACORN staffers to “promise” not to discriminate against his sex worker because of “who she is and what she does,” according to the audiotape.

“If we don’t have the information, then how are we going to discriminate?” the ACORN staffer replies. “You see what I am saying?”

If the girls are under age 16, the ACORN staffer says on the tape, then they are not legally allowed to work in the state, regardless of what they do.

“So it’s like they don’t even exist?” “Kenya” asks.

“Exactly,” the ACORN staffer replies. “It’s like they don’t even exist.”

The staffer goes on to suggest that as many as three of the underage girls can be listed as dependents at the home, but a “flag” will be raised if as many as 13 are listed.

“You are gonna use three of them,” the staffer says. “They are gonna be under 16, so you is eligible to get child tax credit and additional child tax credit.”

The ACORN workers also appear to be promoting the group’s services to the “pimp” and “Kenya.”

A second ACORN employee can be heard on the audiotape suggesting that the couple join the organization for an annual cost of $120 prior to attending one of its first-time homebuyer seminars, which are underwritten with taxpayer funds.

Later, when the “pimp” asks what would happen if the organization is somehow connected to the scheme, the ACORN staffer replies, “First of all, it’s not gonna damage us because we not gonna know. And with your girls, you tell them, ‘Be careful.’ Train them to keep their mouth shut.”

“These girls are like 14, how can we trust them?” the pimp asks.

“Just be very, very careful,” the ACORN staffer says. “Whatever you do, always keep your eyes in the back of your head.”

Reached by FOX News, O’Keefe said he was “shocked” at the level of assistance provided by ACORN staffers.

“I was prepared for them to call the police, throw me out of the office and be hostile,” he said. “Without hesitation, they helped me every way they could with evading taxes and setting me up with a brothel, with getting around federal tax laws — doing everything they could to help us. I was completely shocked.”

House Republicans issued a report in July accusing ACORN of engaging in a scheme to use taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda. California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called for a criminal investigation into the group, which dismissed the report as a “partisan attack job.”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548827,00.html

 

Okay America:

WHERE is the Department of Justice?  Mr. Holder…….Hello?

WHERE is our Congress in reference to investigating ACORN?  Do the far left liberals think there isn’t ANYTHING WRONG WITH THIS?