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MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and other leftists held meetings in 2010 to plan their strategy for squatting on properties in the St. Louis area. The video above introduces some of their leaders. A future video will outline MORE’s longterm strategy to acquire residential property through extralegal means like squatting.

Who or what is MORE, you may be wondering. When ACORN was put out of business, the local chapters re-branded themselves. St. Louis’s ACORN chapter became MORE. Even after the re-branding MORE still has ties to communist organizations.

They’ve sponsored bank protests at Chase Bank and Bank of America. They recently stormed an event at St. Louis University. Their efforts to acquire property through squatting and “urban homesteading” are just another page out of the radical left’s play book.

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James O’Keefe has been all over the news this month for his sting operation targeting National Public Radio. His undercover videos have strengthened House Republicans efforts to defund NPR.

Meanwhile, the fallout from one of O’Keefe’s previous sting operations targeting the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) is still playing out in federal court, where lawyers for the conservative provocateur are claiming a California law banning audio recordings without the consent of the other party is unconstitutional.

A team of four lawyers is defending O’Keefe on a pro bono basis in the suit filed by one of O’Keefe’s targets, and they’re citing everything from the writings of James Madison to Ashton Kutcher’s MTV show “Punk’d” to a Woody Allen segment on “Candid Camera” to claim O’Keefe’s ACORN sting is protected by the First Amendment.

Lawyers for O’Keefe’s partner in the ACORN sting, Hannah Giles (who posed as a prostitute in the videos), are arguing that Giles shouldn’t be held responsible because she wasn’t the one doing the actual recording.

The suit was filed by Juan Carlos Vera, who was working at ACORN’s office in National City, California in August 2009 when O’Keefe and Hannah Giles came in and requested assistance. What happened next was partially captured in a YouTube video O’Keefe posted on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website a month later.

The video appeared to show Vera claiming he could help smuggle child prostitutes over the Mexican border and into the United States. ACORN, which has since folded as an organization after its federal funding was pulled, fired him the same day the video came out.

But an investigation by the California Attorney General later found that, like many of O’Keefe’s video sting operations, the video didn’t tell quite the full story. The AG found that the “language barrier, combined with the couple’s peculiar story, left [Vera] confused over whether the couple was serious about running a prostitution business and smuggling young girls into San Diego.”

“He felt the couple’s story was constantly changing and made little sense,” the AG wrote. Vera “went along with the conversation in hopes of getting information from the couple that he could provide to law enforcement in the event they were telling the truth” and according to phone records, immediately called his cousin Detective Alejandro Hernandez and left a message about his visit from some “crazy people.” He later tried to communicate with O’Keefe to get more information on their fake smuggling operation so police could open an investigation.

“These people are despicable. They’ve hurt his reputation,” Eugene G. Iredale, a lawyer representing Vera, told TPM in an interview. Iredale said Vera is still looking for employment, and that the selectively edited video in the NPR sting “absolutely” fits into a pattern for O’Keefe.

Iredale said he’d like to find out where exactly O’Keefe’s funding is coming from. “I just wonder who’s paying his legal fees,” Iredale said.

One of the lawyers, Christopher Hajec of the Center for Individual Rights, told TPM that his organization is representing O’Keefe on a pro bono basis because O’Keefe’s case stood out as a First Amendment issue. The Center has brought on Eric Gressler and Michael Madigan of the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to mount O’Keefe’s defense.

Hajec said there have been two other lawsuits against O’Keefe as a result of the ACORN sting operation — one in Baltimore and one in Philadelphia. They court dismissed the case in Maryland because of procedural mistakes, while both parties reached an undisclosed settlement in the case out of Pennsylvania.

In the California case, O’Keefe’s lawyers say that his recording of Vera is a protected newsgathering activity.

“Today more than ever, technological means unimaginable to the Framers of the Constitution have enabled people to engage in new forms of speech, expression (artistic, political, and other kinds), and petitioning and press activity,” they write.

Additional reporting by Ian Power-Luetscher.









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POLITICO’s Andy Barr reports on the persisting fear of ACORN:

Fear of ACORN stealing elections runs so deep in GOP circles that a quarter of Republicans still believe the group will “steal the election” in 2012 — even now that it’s been a year since the organization folded.

A new survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 25 percent of the Republican primary voters nationwide think the defunct community organizing group will try to “steal” votes for Democrats. Just 43 percent believe ACORN will not be able to swing votes and 32 percent are not sure.

Among Republicans who believe ACORN is still a threat in 2012, Sarah Palin is the favored presidential candidate — getting 20 percent of the their support. Newt Gingrich comes second among the ACORN-fearing, getting 19 percent, following by Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney with 16 percent apiece.





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Wade Rathke, the founder of the defunct community organizing group ACORN, and a longtime observer and sometime critic of the labor movement, offered a particularly dark assessment on Friday, wondering, "Are we hearing the death knell for unions?"

Rathke writes:

Whatever the merits and truth of those reports, SEIU and every other union need to pull all of their last dollars together and figure out how to survive and turn the tide and do it now, make it real, and make it very, very different, because the bell has rung on the old school and the old ideas, as [Andrew] Stern acknowledges, and we are running out of time and money with the tide coming in hard against us.





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Did you think the O’Keefe/Giles revelations of criminal degeneracy finally put a stake through the heart of Comrade Obama’s alma mater ACORN? Think again:

As the remnants of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now regroup in order to bring chaos to the 2012 election cycle, ACORN’s renamed New York chapter is teeming with activity.

The successor organization, called New York Communities for Change (NYCC), operates out of the same office on Nevins Street in Brooklyn that is home to ACORN and its partisan arm, the socialist Working Families Party of New York.

Longtime ACORN leader Jon Kest is executive director of NYCC. Kest is the brother of Steve Kest, former executive director of ACORN, who has joined fellow radical community organizer Van Jones as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank that functions as a public relations firm for the Obama administration.

The “new” ACORN group has already held a glittering fund-raiser featuring “Sex in the City” actress Cynthia Nixon and U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano (D.-N.Y.), both longtime ACORN supporters.

Readers may remember Jose Serrano as the guy who wants to repeal the 22nd Amendment so that The Anointed One may sit upon his throne for as long as he lives, à la FDR.

Recent activities by NYCC include harassing Walmart for providing jobs and affordable goods while resisting unionization, teaming up with ACORN’s twin sibling the SEIU on a phony but potentially lucrative PCB crisis, pushing for amnesty and “green jobs” boondoggles, and preventing children from escaping failed public schools.

Other local ACORN chapters have been renaming themselves and will soon refederate. Fortunately for Comrade Obama, who will be needing ACORN help in 2012, its voter fraud operations weren’t even interrupted by the nefarious organization’s supposed demise:

ACORN’s fraud-plagued Project Vote affiliate, which used to employ President Obama, continues to operate. It ran a nationwide voter registration and get-out-the-vote drive during the 2010 election cycle. The 2010 effort was run by Amy Adele Busefink, a senior ACORN executive who was convicted in a voter-fraud conspiracy in Nevada in early January. Busefink received a two-year suspended prison sentence. ACORN itself is scheduled to go on trial in Las Vegas on April 25 for its involvement in the same conspiracy.

No doubt tax money is being funneled into ACORN-affiliated coffers even now, securing the framework for the Manchurian Moonbat’s reelection.

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ACORN and Obama plan to keep each other in business.

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Even though the condition of the Oakland Unified School District is so bad that the state of California had to take it over, don’t expect the Oakland Education Association to be bothered with such trivialities.

So what if thousands of school children are trapped in lousy schools and will have few opportunities for success after they graduate? That’s not really what the Oakland teachers union is about, man. Providing students with a quality education isn’t really their bag.

You might say that the OEA has “progressed” beyond such things. These days the union is dedicating its time and energy to protesting. . .banks?

It’s sad but true.

Jack Gerson is one of the OEA’s most prominent leaders and a well-known radical agitator.  Recently Gerson explained that the union is partnering with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) to protest banks over foreclosures and the bailout money, at a time when public school employees are being asked to make cuts. (Why does Gerson matter?  You’ll have to wait ‘til the end!)

Before going any further, it is important to note that ACCE is simply the newest incarnation of the old war horse ACORN. The same corrupt officials who oversaw ACORN are still in charge.

The head of ACCE is Amy Schur, and according to the American Spectator, she’s been in ACORN’s inner circle.  In fact, she was so high up in ACORN’s leadership that she was reportedly one of the few who knew about Dale Rathke’s $ 1 million embezzlement cover-up.

Back to Gerson and ACCE. A few weeks ago, I revealed that a coalition of radicals is planning massive “militant” demonstrations against government spending cuts during the month of March. In a recent conference call, Gerson explained how his union, an affiliate of the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association, is partnering with ACCE to fight the banks, and that some of their “actions” will coincide with the March activities.

Like I said earlier, the union will not be protesting over the abysmal state of Oakland’s public schools. The OEA is only concerned with one thing, and that’s the amount of money being pumped into union-controlled schools. And don’t question what taxpayers are getting in return for all their “investment” unless you’re prepared to be denounced as a hater.

It will be very interesting to see if Gov. Jerry Brown (who exonerated ACORN from any wrongdoing when the O’Keefe tapes came out) will capitulate to the radicals or if he’s serious about fixing his state’s spending problems, which will necessitate that he rein in the unions.

The teachers unions, ACCE/ACORN and the radicals will refuse to go down without a fight.  Just ask Gerson. After all, he was a “student leader” of Students for a Democratic Society, according to SocialistWorker.org.

Even though the Left’s washing machine is working overtime, some stains can never be removed.


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Last year I wrote in Big Government about ACORN”S most successful criminal enterprise, the New  York Working Families Party. Linked directly to voter fraud in New York State, ACORN quietly changed it’s name in the State and it’s chief political honcho quietly “retired”, when prosecutors starteed examining their activities. But don think the vote stealing and voter fraud by the WFP has stopped.

AP reported last week -

“TROY, N.Y. — A Troy Democratic councilman in Troy and the Democratic elections commissioner for Rensselaer County face charges that they forged absentee ballots in a Working Families Party primary in 2009. A county grand jury has accused Councilman Michael LoPorto and Commissioner Edward G. McDonough of participating in a scheme in which dozens of bogus absentee ballots were submitted in the names of unsuspecting Troy residents.LoPorto and McDonough were arraigned Friday and are now free on bail. Special Prosecutor Trey Smith began investigating after the Times Union, of Albany, interviewed a number of people who were surprised to learn that their names had appeared on ballot applications.”

The two men pleaded not guilty Friday to a combined 116 felony counts alleging they falsified dozens of  absentee ballots.  The ballots not only involve clearly forged signatures, but also, falsifying excuses for not being present to vote  and registering individuals who no longer live in the area. In some cases a false promise of a trip to a Las Vegas casino was used as an inducement to fill out absentee applications. WFP leaders and their Democratic allies have no qualms about forging absentees to keep control of their political arm.

The WFP has been proven to be nothing more than a front for ACORN and its left-ward agenda.

WFP is used by ACORN as a sledge hammer to force Democrats to toe the Union line .  WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.

Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP is a key link between ACORN and their WFP front. Scharff was instrumental in using WFP money in the Democratic primary to elect Albany County District Attoney David Soares, who has jurisdiction over the activities of the WFP and ACORN. When this expenditure was challenged in court as illegal, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer declined to defend the state law prohibiting cross party funding in party primaries. Spitzer subsequently got the early WFP endorsement for Governor and Soares declined to prosecute Spitzer in the Troopergate matter in which Spitzer used state resources to spy on Senate Republican leaders.

Former ACORN boss Bertha Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP. ACORN associate Dan Cantor  is another key link. Cantor also serves as Executive Director of the WFP. Cantor is the great great grandson of Vaudeville and radio star Eddie Cantor. The New York Times  reported that Patrick Gaspard, the  former White House political director, worked with ACORN in New York to set up the Working Families political party and sat on the party’s board. Gaspard was bounced as White House political director after the disasterous mid-term elelctions but moved over to serve as executive director of  the Democratic National Committee’s day-to-day operations .Gaspard will oversee Organizing for America, a project of the Democrats to rally support for the Obama agenda.

If you have any doubt that ACORN and it’s political party will engage in voter fraud to keep Obama in the White House you can stop wondering.


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There’s new evidence ACORN’s announcement of “bringing its operations to a close” was just another deceptive tactic designed to take the pressure off so they can continue their scheme of using public dollars and private donations to advance their radical progressive agenda. The latest incarnation of ACORN has its NY office in the same Brooklyn building, many of the same board members, the same membership list, etc.

Backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in union donations, New York Communities for Change — a rebranded version of the controversial organization that closed up shop amid several scandals — is acting again as labor’s attack dog on controversial issues.

The “new” organization also fights to provide and preserve affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers.

But when NYCC has to choose between low-income consumers and unions, it dances to Big Labor’s tune.

Consider Walmart’s bid to open in New York City. It would offer discounted prices, which would disproportionately benefit the poorest New Yorkers.

But instead NYCC has joined the campaign to block Walmart because it is a non-union shop that would compete with unionized stores. That puts NYCC on the same page as Stuart Appelbaum, head of the National Retail, Wholesale and Department Store union — not all those low-income consumers.

“A Walmart in Brooklyn?!? NO THANKS,” NYCC says on its Web site.

Meanwhile the United Federation of Teachers gave NYCC more than $ 200,000 last year — a big chunk of the advocacy group’s budget — to help organize child-care workers and parents.

NYCC’s views on education mirrors the UFT’s.

The UFT last year opposed the city’s attempt to close 20 failing schools and replace them with new schools with new principals and teachers.

NYCC agreed. “Fix Our Schools, Don’t Close ‘Em,” it declared

I’m glad we can help people who provide a valuable service. I’ll take help wherever I can get it to help working people. God knows the mayor isn’t looking after them,” UFT president Michael Mulgrew said.

According to NYCC documents, unions pumped about $ 300,000 into its coffers last year, and the group expects them to contribute $ 473,915 this year and $ 651,633 next year, a significant portion of its budget.

Lawyer Randy Mastro, who has battled leaders of the ACORN-tied Working Families Party in court over alleged campaign finance violations, said, “It takes more than a name change to avoid the stigma of ACORN. Nobody is going to be fooled.”

Jon Kest, NYCC’s executive director, declined to answer questions about the group’s ties to unions, saying only it supports “better, safer schools . . . living-wage jobs and affordable housing.”

 Last year when ACORN announced its name change Congressman Issa talked about the supposed closing of ACORN

“Just as criminals change their aliases, ACORN is changing its name,” said Issa. “But make no mistake about it, just because they change their name, doesn’t mean anything has really changed at all. As this most recent presidential election has showed us, just because you profess change, doesn’t mean you’re going to change. The bottom line is, whatever they decide to call themselves, they are still the same corporation with the same board, staff and people. Ultimately, the real question is aside from their name, what is really going to change?

 Well Congressman Issa, now that your party is in charge, what are you going to do about it?




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The Daily Caller recently reported on and posted an embargoed Department of Homeland Security Inspector General audit of a FEMA fire prevention grant to the ACORN. In fiscal year 2007, ACORN created the ACORN Institute to specifically apply for a $ 1 million FEMA grant to help urban communities prevent fires. According to the Inspector General audit, FEMA’s grant application review panel recommended against awarding ACORN grant funding because of concerns over ACORN’s lack of fire prevention experience and doubts about the proposed project’s effectiveness. Despite the panel’s rejection based on the merits of ACORN’s grant application, FEMA awarded ACORN $ 450,484 in grant funding.

The Inspector General audit found that ACORN mislead FEMA by stating in its grant application that ACORN was experienced at implementing fire prevention programs in Madison, North Carolina, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Berkley, California. The Inspector General found that ACORN did not have any involvement in fire prevention programs in these communities.

In addition, the audit found that FEMA awarded ACORN the grant funding despite rejecting or funding at lower levels other organizations applying for grants to fund similar fire prevention programs. The Inspector General audit concluded that “the lack of experience ACORN Institute demonstrated in fire prevention and safety and its unconfirmed collaboration with experts in this area, FEMA should not have awarded these grants to ACORN Institute.”

Despite billions in grants across the United States, the FEMA’s fire grant program has not reduced the number of deaths and injuries resulting from fires. A Heritage Foundation Center for Data Analysis Report found that “fire grants, including grants that subsidize the salaries of firefighters, had no impact on fire casualties [and] failed to reduce firefighter deaths, firefighter injuries, civilian deaths, or civilian injuries.” More damning, the report found that fire departments that did not received federal grants “were just as successful at preventing fire casualties as grant-funded fire departments.”

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Big Government has obtained an advance copy of Homeland Security’s Inspector General report detailing ACORN’s misuse of a federal grant from FEMA.  The report will be released to the public on December 8th. We’ve included it below.


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Contacted by Big Government about the report, incoming Chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Rep. Darrell Issa, had this comment:

It is really unthinkable that anyone would use the guise of public safety and helping victims of a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina as a calculating way to inappropriately obtain taxpayer dollars.  As the discussion over how to reign in government’s growth and spending moves forward, there couldn’t be a more important time to ensure that the grants awarded with taxpayer dollars meet rigorous criteria and are subject to vigilant oversight to ensure that grant recipients are not given access to taxpayer dollars under false pretenses.”

The key things in the DHS IG’s report were:

  • “We concluded that the ACORN Institute should not have received these funds, did not fully implement and evaluate the program as approved, and could not substantiate all its grant expenditures.
  • “The FEMA did not have sufficient oversight processes to prevent the award or to fully evaluate the use of the grant money.”
  • The Technical Evaluation Panel that reviewed ACORN’s grant request recommended it not be funded but “FEMA overrode the panels’ recommendation and awarded the grant without documenting how it addressed the Technical Evaluation Panel’s concerns.”
  • ACORN described an Urban Fire Initiative that did not actually exist until they requested the funding:  “the Urban Fire Initiative did not exist prior to the grant application, but was created specifically for activities funded by the FY 2007 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant.  Neither ACORN Institute nor the Urban Fire Initiative was involved in any of the above activities and events.”
  • ACORN claimed partnerships with local fire departments but “there was no evidence of these partnerships were in place…”
  • FEMA relied on “self certification” and “has no requirement or standard procedure in the evaluation process of the Fire Prevention and Safety grant applications to validate the legitimacy of significant claims and assertions used to qualify an applicant for the grant…”

In response to aSeptember 16, 2009 request by Issa and Senator Collins, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Inspections and Evaluations Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a report “detailing the results of its investigation of grant funds awarded under HUD’s Housing Counseling Program to ACORN Housing Corporation, Inc. (AHC) of Chicago, now operating as Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA).”

“For continued approval as a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and for future awards consideration, AHC (now operating as AHCOA) must bring its operations into full compliance with applicable laws, regulators, and policies governing HUD’s Housing Counseling Program,” the OIG’s report recommends.

“The inability to fully support salary expenses allocated to the HUD grant raises serious concerns about the integrity of those charges, particularly given the millions of Federal and non-Federal dollars made available to AHC in FY 2008 and 2009.  Further, services procured from ACORN “associated” organizations failed to meet the required tests of ‘open and free competition’.  We recommend that HUD’s Office of Single Family Housing, Program Support Division consider placing AHCOA in ‘inactive’ status while its initiatives corrective actions to address the exceptions and recommendations in this report.”

The OIG’s findings included:

  • HUD has awarded ACORN more than $ 19 million in housing counseling grants since 1995.
  • ACORN received $ 3,252,399 in housing counseling grants between 2008 and 2009.  More than $ 2.544 million (nearly 80%) of the HUD grants were used to pay ACORN’s salaries.

  • ACORN may have concealed fraud by destroying or failing to produce records.
    • “A determination could not be made as to what activities the employees performed or which grant to charge for those activities.  Consequently, HUD had no assurance that it did not bear more than its fair share of the costs incurred for salary expenses of AHC’s counselors.” (p.10).
    • “Availability of records impeded [HUD’s] attempt to trace AHC’s summary schedules of counselors’ salary expenses to the housing counseling activities that occurred[.]” (p.11).
  • ACORN Housing received more than $ 27.269 million from other Federal and non-Federal sources.
  • NeighborWorks, a congressionally chartered nonprofit, provided ACORN with $ 25,857,000 million.
    • “AHC’s caseload allocation methodology for salary expenses to the HUD housing counseling grants proved problematic in an environment of multiple funding sources and was unsupported.” (p. 11).
    • NeighborWorks grant funds were misappropriated as well. “The housing counseling service costs were either charged as salary expenses to the HUD housing counseling grants or as fees to the NeighborWorks’ NFMC [National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling] grants.  For counselors who provided services under both grants, reimbursement of their salary costs for HUD billing purposes was based on a percentage derived from the ration of HUD to NFMC cases as opposed to using the actual number of hours attributable to the HUD counseling grant.” (p. 11).
  • “Also, missing was documentation of the actual activities to support the percentages of allocations to the HUD grant.” There was “the risk of inequitable charges when counselors’ time was split between HUD, NFMC, and/or other funding sources.” (p. 11).
  • ACORN’s use of grants did not comply with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-122.
    • ACORN charged the government salary costs for employees after they were terminated (p.12).
    • ACORN charged 2008 salary expenses to a 2009 grant in violation of Article III and Article IX of the HUD grant agreement (p.12-13).

  • ACORN violated 24 CFR Part 84 (federal procurement standards) when it obtained accounting and legal services, leased office space, and sought health care and retirement benefits from its affiliated nonprofits.  These services were obtained by ACORN without ensuring open and free competition as required by law.

  • Because ACORN failed to comply with 24 CFR Part 84, § 84.43, which requires that “All procurement transactions shall be conducted in a manner to provide . . . open and free competition [without] conflicts of interest as well as noncompetitive practices”, ACORN’s self-dealing served to funnel taxpayer dollars to its affiliates (p.13).

    • Citizens Consulting, Inc., (CCI) an ACORN affiliate, provided AHC’s accounting and legal services and charged $ 345,174 to HUD.
    • “CCI’s services were essentially a sole source arrangement that lacked an ‘arms length’ basis for demonstrating cost reasonableness.’” (p. 14).
    • AHC leased office space from ACORN-San Jose, ACORN-Sacramento, Elysian Fields Corporation, and New Mexico Organizing and Support Center – all ACORN affiliates – and “Branch office leasing costs were charged directly to the HUD housing counseling grants” (p. 14).
    • AHC obtained health care benefits for its employees from the Council Health Plan and the Community Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), both were identified as ACORN-owned in Elizabeth Kingsley’s June 18, 2008 report on ACORN mismanagement. “The costs of both plans were billed to the HUD counseling grants” (p. 15).
    • ACORN’s retirement funds were managed by ACORN affiliate Council Benefit Association (CBA).  Costs of $ 460,630 in 2008 and $ 384,693 in 2009 were billed to HUD (p. 15).
  • Unfortunately, ACORN’s money laundering is impossible to track: “Further, cost or price analysis and documentation to support the basis and justification for the services was not readily available.” (p. 13).


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In a report obtained by ABC News – one supposed to be embargoed until December 8 — the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General concluded that an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) “should not have received” a $ 450,484 federal grant in 2007 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for “a pilot program that would develop best practices for community organizations to canvass high-risk neighborhoods and distribute and install safety equipment, such as smoke detectors or fire extinguishers.”



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The Times reported today on a new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, finding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2007 improperly awarded a $ 450,000 post-Katrina fire safety grant to an ACORN affiliate that had been created to receive the money.

I’ve obtained a copy of the report and the IG’s letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, whose inquiry about ACORN triggered it.

The report on the Bush-era grant is fairly damning, and suggests further inquiries into how the money was spent:

The ACORN Institute did not have the experience in fire prevention and safety activities as stated in its grant application, and did not have partnerships with local fire departments in place at the time of its application. ACORN Institute did not fully implement and evaluate the program as approved, and did not obtain approval from FEMA to deviate from the plan. It did not perform tasks for two activities as proposed, specifically, it did not provide training to volunteers by local fire departments, and performed in- home audits using Urban Fire Initiative staff instead of local fire departments. In addition, the ACORN Institute could not substantiate $ 160,034 of grant expenditures we selected for review.

Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella said the report "casts a light on the lack of oversight in the bureaucracy and the grant process in general."





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In the past we reported that ACORN changed its name in poorly masked attempt to shake off the “bad image” it earned through the embezzlement stories, the voter fraud and of course the amazing efforts of the Team of Hannah Giles/James O’Keefe.

ACORN’s announcement of “bringing its operations to a close” this past April fools day was just another deceptive tactic designed to take the pressure off so they can continue their scheme of using public dollars and private donations to advance their radical progressive agenda.

The proof of the pudding is that even though ACORN renamed many of its state and local offices they kept the  same employees and Tax Identification Numbers. For example, Affordable Housing Centers of America was formerly ACORN Housing. The new corporation has the same Tax Identification Number and Employee Identification Number as ACORN Housing, which received millions of dollars in funding from HUD.

No matter what they are calling themselves these days, ACORN has developed quite the “rap sheet.” So far this year, at least 18 former workers have admitted guilt or been convicted on varying charges of election fraud.

But the group is still facing charges in Nevada on conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters.The trial, originally scheduled to begin Monday, has been postponed likely until next year.

Former workers across the country already are being punished for their criminal activities.

In Miami, seven former ACORN voter registration canvassers were convicted of “false swearing-in an election,” and sentenced to probation and community service and banned from participating in future political campaigns, according to court documents.

In Pennsylvania, six of seven former ACORN workers who were charged in an investigation were convicted of unsworn falsification and interference with election officials. Four have reached a plea agreement on reduced charges and will serve two years of probation. Cases against two others who entered pleas to reduced charges are pending.

Charges against the seventh, Eric Jordan, are not being prosecuted because Jordan has pleaded guilty to much more serious charges, including aggravated assault, resisting arrest and carrying firearms without a license.

In Milwaukee, three former ACORN workers have been convicted of election fraud.

Last week, Kevin Clancy was sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in submitting falsified voter registration forms before the 2008 election. Clancy will start his sentence once he finishes another sentence he is currently serving for armed robbery.

Clancy’s co-worker, Maria Miles, who pleaded guilty to election fraud in August, will be sentenced on Dec. 6.

In September, Frank Walton pleaded guilty to submitting 54 fake voter registrations during the 2008 presidential campaign. He faces up to 42 months in prison and a $ 10,000 fine when he’s sentenced Dec. 6.

In Washington state, Kendra Lynn Thill was convicted in March of voter registration fraud in the 2006 midterm election. In Nevada, a former ACORN supervisor pleaded the equivalent of a no-contest in a case alleging that canvassers were illegally paid to register voters during the 2008 campaign. But while Amy Busefink’s plea acknowledges the state had evidence for a conviction at trial, her lawyer said she still plans to challenge the constitutionality of the state law prohibiting paying canvassers based on the number of voter registration forms they turn in.

All of those cases are local prosecutions, but ACORN’s crimes are country-wide, there will not be a federal investigation.The FBI and Department of Justice opened an investigation and gathered some evidence. But Obama Justice Department, had to protect the President’s buddies.  While noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws.

By contrast, the documents also include records related to a federal investigation of ACORN corruption in St. Louis, Missouri, involving 1,492 allegedly fraudulent voter registration cards submitted by Project Vote, a liberal non-profit organization affiliated with ACORN on voter registration drives, during the 2006 election season. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith initiated the investigation with “concurrence” from the Department of Justice and the participation of the FBI. According to a Justice Department memo, Goldsmith “advised he would prosecute any individual responsible for submitting fraudulent voter registration cards.” Goldsmith identified the statute for prosecution: Title 42, USC 1973 (gg), which provides for criminal penalties for fraudulent voter registrations. In April 2008, eight former ACORN employees from the St. Louis office plead guilty to voter registration fraud.

Like other moves by the Obama Justice Department, the dropping of the federal case proves that there are two sets of rules one for the friends of the President, like the New Black Panthers and ACORN and one for the rest of us.




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My neighbors to the north are putting Illinois to shame when it comes to the despicable crime of vote fraud. As Matthew Vadum reports in the Daily Caller, Milwaukee prosecutors just bagged their 15th ACORN vote fraud conviction this year after Kevin L. Clancy pleaded guilty to participating “in a scheme to submit fraudulent voter registration applications,” according to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Clancy is a former ACORN employee.

Bad nuts fall from the ACORN tree.

Wasn’t President Obama a lawyer for the now-defunct community organizing group? Why yes, I believe he was.

Bad nuts, indeed.

Related vote fraud posts:

Illinois vote fraud update: Two Cahokia men plead guilty to absentee ballot abuse
Chicago vote fraud news: Two sentenced to jail terms
Vote fraud news: Obama, ACORN, and East St. Louis
Convicted vote thief joined by top local Dems at his pre-prison going away party
Convicted E. St. Louis vote buyer now an asst. school principal
East St. Louis vote fraud follow up: Dem county chairman claims no knowledge of vote buying scheme
East St. Louis Dem vote fraud update: Two of the convicted cheaters rehired by ESL

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