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GOP keeping the heat on ACORN

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 2, 2009 01:19 PM

Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti

Yesterday, House Republicans held a forum on ACORN’s political criminal enterprise in the face of repeated refusals by the Democrat majority to investigate and on the heels of AG Eric Holder’s insistence that ACORN get its tax dollars. Ranking GOP member Rep. Lamar Smith stood firm on the need to deny new federal funds to ACORN’s network: “Allegations against ACORN continue to pour in-now it appears that the organization actively targeted incumbent Republican members of Congress in the 2008 election. This kind of political activity is a clear violation of ACORN’s non-profit status. With more than a dozen investigations nationwide, federal law enforcement agencies can no longer ignore the shady actions of ACORN. Until then, not a single penny of taxpayer dollars should go to fund an organization that time and again has abused federal funds and the American people’s trust.” While ACORN’s national umbrella can engage in some partisan activity, the racket shuffles money underhandedly between charitable organizations that are forbidden by law from engaging in political activity (which, as you know, the NYTimes knew all about, but covered up before Election Day).

I’ve uploaded the testimony of ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief and the testimony of Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, as well as a summary of Indiana’s 2008 voter fraud probe in Lake County, Indiana (click below for “full screen”). The NYPost spotlights a few of the nuggets from the docs:

In one memo obtained by GOP congressional investigators, the director of Project Vote, an ACORN-affiliated nonprofit, urged organizers to “develop long-term political power-building” plans. The director was, until recently, also ACORN’s political director.

And an Oklahoma plan states, “The state Senate is split 50/50, so we are targeting one swing district in Oklahoma City” held by a Republican.

Federal Election Commission disclosures from ACORN in New Orleans show $18,000 in contributions to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Politicking by ACORN itself is legal, but a 2008 internal audit of ACORN entities cautioned, “Fences need to be erected to wall off types of election-related activity that must be kept completely separate.”

Critics say no such separation exists. “The opaque nature of ACORN’s structure is both deliberate and deceitful,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Keeper quote from Anita MonCrief: “Poverty is big business for ACORN.”

Former ACORN employee-turned-whistleblower Anita Moncrief told the House panel of eight Republicans and no Democrats that the organization continually got federal block grants but did not use the grants for helping the poor as promised. Rather, ACORN “used the money to fund the political machine,” Moncrief said.

“ACORN makes money off the poor,” Moncrief said. “Poverty is big business for ACORN.”

CNSNews.com could not reach an ACORN spokesman on Tuesday for comment after attempts by phone and e-mail. But ACORN spokesmen in the past have said that any illegal or unethical incidents were isolated and that the organization is dedicated to helping the poor.

However, the House Oversight report claimed otherwise, saying, “ACORN’s own training manual reflects a business model in which money is taken from poor people and then funneled into partisan political efforts.”

“ACORN is currently in the process of changing its name and has already transferred resources to several chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and possibly Data and Field Services, the Working Families Party, Change to Win and the Council for Unity,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.

The federal government has awarded at least $53 million to ACORN and its affiliates since 1994, according to an analysis by the House Republican staff.

ACORN GOP Forum: Lake County Indiana voter fraud investigation

ACORN GOP Forum: MonCrief testimony

ACORN GOP Forum: Rokita testimony

More here.


ACORN must be fought not only in Washington DC, but in every state of the nation. Kris Kobach, GOP candidate for Secretary of State in Kansas, gets it. I’ve said before we need 50 of him. Now more than ever:

In years past, some voters have treated the Secretary of State’s election as an afterthought—viewing the office as peripheral to what they really care about. However, in 2010 the choice of Kansas’s Secretary of State will have unprecedented consequences.

1. Stopping Voter Fraud

Voter fraud is a very real problem in Kansas. Election crimes have been documented across the state—from fraudulent registrations, to vote-by-mail fraud. As the activities of ACORN have demonstrated, organizations that promote voter fraud have burrowed into every corner of our country. In Kansas, the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive.

And that is only half the problem. The manipulation of election contests by unscrupulous attorneys has resulted in the stealing of close elections. The pseudo-election of Al Franken is a case in point. The Minnesota Secretary of State played a pivotal role in the heist—manipulating the process to pacify a leftist mob.Convention

The problem is only going to get worse, unless the country’s secretaries of state take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of our elections. The threat is real, and time is short.

Kansas’s next Secretary of State must possess the experience to begin addressing this crisis immediately. As former Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General, I have the law enforcement background to combat this criminal activity. As a law professor who teaches in the field, I know where the legal loopholes are—loopholes that must be closed. We must enact a statute requiring photo ID to vote. But that is only the first step. Our voter rolls must be purged of thousands of deceased individuals, illegally-registered aliens, and felons. And regulations must be promulgated to ensure honest elections and recounts.

If we do nothing, voter fraud will continue to rise; and close elections in Kansas will be stolen. My mission will be to transform the Kansas election system into the most secure in the country. In four years, I will accomplish this objective.

2. Guaranteeing Voter Access

Just as important as the honesty of elections is the accessibility of elections. Every legally-eligible voter must be able to vote. Unfortunately that is not always the case. I am appalled that members of the U.S. military often face significant obstacles in exercising their right to vote—the very right that they are risking their lives to protect in other countries. I will do everything possible to eliminate such obstacles.

3. Improving Civics Education

As a law professor, I see a wide spectrum of civics education. Some students come to law school with a thorough understanding of our country’s history and institutions. Others come woefully unprepared. The office of Secretary of State is uniquely positioned to address this issue. Education is a lifelong passion of mine; and I will use the office to engage a new generation of citizens in Kansas.

Finally, I believe strongly in leading with a servant’s heart. I can think of no greater privilege than serving the people of Kansas as their next Secretary of State. I ask you for your support.

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