FBI investigating ACORN voter fraud; Obama indisputably linked to ACORN

October 18, 2008, 12:18 pm


By Andrew L. Jaffee

The FBI has opened an investigation into ACORN’s alleged voter registration fraud. The Obama camp is desperately trying to distance itself from ACORN, but there’s no question that Obama is linked to the group. Obama is also seeking to distract attention from the fraud allegations by trying to paint the ACORN investigation as “politically motivated.”

From the Voice of America:

… U.S. media report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether a group called ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, coordinated a national effort that produced flawed registration applications. …

Obama has denied having significant ties to the group. …

Obama does indeed have significant ties to ACORN. From Fox News:

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… Obama conducted training sessions for ACORN workers a decade ago, and his campaign also recently paid an ACORN subsidiary for canvassing efforts.

Plus his work with a group called Project Vote back in 1992 raises questions about whether he was involved with ACORN back then.

Project Vote was one of Obama’s earliest political successes. As director of Illinois Project Vote, Obama helped register 150,000 new voters in Chicago, and he was heralded for his efforts in local media.

ACORN was also registering voters at that time, and its relationship with Project Vote casts some doubt on Obama’s statement that his involvement with ACORN didn’t begin until three years later. …

But as to Obama’s statement that his ties to ACORN are contained to his legal work, it has already been widely reported that his campaign paid more than $800,000 to a group called Citizens Services Inc., an ACORN subsidiary, to “augment” Obama’s grassroots organizing efforts in the Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania primaries. …

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According to The New York Post:

… Obama was right there by ACORN’s side all along.

“I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career,” he told the group last November.

Indeed, in the early ’90s, Obama was recruited by [ACORN's Madeline] Talbott herself to run training sessions for ACORN activists.

ACORN also got funding from two charities, the Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation, when Obama served on their boards, and from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge – the radical “education reform” outfit Obama ran from ’95 to ’99. …

The Obama camp is seeking to change the subject regarding his ties to ACORN and the group’s alleged voter registration fraud. From The New York Times:

Seeking to portray law enforcement investigations into reports of fraudulent voter registrations in several states as an extension of the controversial firings of United States attorneys, the Obama campaign on Friday called for a review by a special prosecutor.

Bob Bauer, general counsel for the Obama campaign, sent a letter to Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and Special Prosecutor Nora R. Dannehy, who is investigating the attorney firings, requesting that Ms. Dannehy also look into the whether F.B.I. investigations of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or Acorn, were politically motivated.

In a conference call with reporters on Friday, Mr. Bauer suggested that there was “an unholy alliance of law enforcement and the ugliest form of partisan politics.” …

If even The New York Times uses the term, “Seeking to portray,” there’s certainly a real fire causing all the smoke. The Obama camp has been caught with its pants down on this one.

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