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ACORN/Project Vote voting drive targeted states Obama needs to win

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updated 4:41 Chicago time with McCain campaign react
WASHINGTON--In 1992, Barack Obama worked for Project Vote for about seven months; now Project Vote and ACORN--a coalition of community organizations serving low income families--just wrapped up a voter registration drive targeting battleground states Obama needs to win the White House.

Though officially non-partisan, the focus of the ACORN/Project Vote voter drive was on groups leaning Democratic in the presidential contest: African American, young, Latino and low income earners. They are called "historically underrepresented in elections" in a press release issued by the group on Monday. Republicans would call these target groups Democrats.

ACORN/Project Vote ran voter registration operations in 21 states; included are the battlegrounds Colorado, Florida, Michigan (since move to Obama) Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

McCain campaign spokesman Ben Porritt released this statement after this item was posted.

"ACORN is one of the largest radical organizations in America that represents another questionable association of Barack Obama's. Obama's campaign has been endorsed by ACORN's political action committee and their sister corporation received nearly $1 million from Obama's campaign which they originally misrepresented on their FEC report. ACORN masquerades their efforts as good yet the endless examples of voter fraud and wrongdoing makes clear that their true mission is to poison the political process. ACORN's efforts are reminiscent of the sleazy Chicago politics that Barack Obama embraces."

Acorn press release......

ABOUT ACORN'S VOTER REGISTRATION PROGRAM

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is the largest grassroots community organization in the United States, comprised of over 450,000 member families organized into 1000+ neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the country. The mission of ACORN is to empower low and moderate-income people by building effective and solidly rooted organizations capable of winning concrete improvements for low-income communities.

ACORN's non-partisan voter registration program is about empowering local low- and moderate-income people by bringing them into the democratic process, ensuring that they have a say in the issues that affect them most.

Voter Registration Program Overivew

In 2004 ACORN helped over 1.1 million people register to vote.
In 2006 ACORN helped over 547,000 people register to vote (a record for an off-year election cycle). In 2006 ACORN was the largest single 3rd party registrant of young people under the age of 30.
In 2007-2008 ACORN has already helped register over 1.27 million people nationwide.
The majority of ACORN registrants are low-income, about 75% are African-American, 25% are Latino and 50% are under 30 years old.

Voter Registration Quality Control

· ACORN employs the most sophisticated quality-control system in the business.
· Every single application collected is examined by independent quality control staff for completeness, and tagged and bundled to associate it with the crew member who gathered it. Registrations are entered into a database by an outside vendor, and locally-based call centers make several attempts to call each registrant to verify information.
· In most states, ACORN is required to turn in ALL cards, even if the cards have been identified by ACORN as problematic, incomplete, or duplicates. ACORN's quality control system routinely flags incomplete or potentially problematic applications for boards of election. These cards are submitted separate from others, with "Problem Card" cover sheets, and are tagged to the worker who collected them.

About Allegations Against Acorn

· In a few cases ACORN has caught part-time workers falsifying cards in an attempt to get paid for doing work they didn't do. When this happens, ACORN fires the workers involved, alerts election officials and law enforcement about the problem, and cooperates fully and enthusiastically with investigations and persecutions.
· Such cases constitute employee fraud, not election fraud.
· Nearly all of the former ACORN workers who have ever been investigated or convicted were uncovered and turned-in by ACORN itself.

ACORN

2007-2008 VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
GOALS AND SUCCESS TO DATE
State

Voter Registration

Goal

Progress

as of 9/28/08

AZ

12,000

12,018

CA

45,000

37,550

CO

60,000

64,720

CT

20,000

20,081

FL

144,000

147,134

KY

14,200

14,200

LA

12,000

12,452

MI

206,500

208,601

MN

38,000

41,152

MO

53,000

47,362

NV

85,000

86,368

NM

69,000

73,758

NC

30,000

22,746

OH

220,00

237,589

PA

133,500

149,035

TX

39,400

43,160

WI

32,000

31,203

TOTAL

=SUM(ABOVE) 1,265,600

=SUM(ABOVE) 1,271,150

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31 Comments

What a spin, a few cases of fraud. Let's see, 14 states are investigating ACORN fraud and I think we'll see that number expanded significantly in the coming weeks. Just google ACORN Obama and ACORN Housing Obama to see the stories the public is already learning about; over one million hits and counting.

Strangely enough, a search on ACORN at factcheck comes up empty. Meanwhile news organizations are sounding the alarm of the role ACORN played in the mortgage crisis & with fraudulent voter regs.

I'm not surprised that this blog left out that Obama worked as both a lawyer & trainer for ACORN teaching it how to extort banks with the race card.

So, in the view of the modern Republican party, registering low income voters and providing social assistance is "radical activity" now?

No wonder our democracy is in the shape it's in right now.

Goddess bless ACORN. The more they scream about ACORN, the more you can be sure they're doing good work.
Fox snooze is doing a classic smear job on ACORN. Mortgage crisis? It's the banking lobby's abuse of their power to get 'cram down' eliminated from bankruptcy proceedings that is hurting the economy.

MCCAIN YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE, KEATING 5
TO YOU, YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE TO PRISON, OBAMA IS
GOING TO CLEAN YOUR CLOCK TUESDAY NIGHT!
STOP CRYING OVER SPILLED MILK, ACORN IS REGISTER-
ING PEOPLE TO VOTE, AND YOU KNOW THEY AREN'T FOR
MCCAIN!
THE GOP CAN SLING MUD, BUT THEY CAN'T REGISTER
VOTERS, YOU SEE MUD DOESN'T VOTE, BUT PEOPLE DO!

I have been investigating ACORN for the last 24 hours on the web. They routinely fight having to pay minimum wage and victimize their own workers, including not allowing them to organize into a union. They have forced many banks to make bad loans, a large part of the current financial crisis. Obama denies ever working for them, despite the fact that the Voting organization where he was executive director has same address as ACORN offices on repeated government reporting forms. Search Obama ACORN online and you will see. Rotten Acorn .com has a whole PDF file about how this organization exploits the poor and submits registrations for voters who are inelgible (convicts) or don't exist. 29th Sep New York Post had an article by Stanley Kurtz about the ills of ACORN and Obama's connections to them (including approx $40,000 per year from the Woods Fund when Obama was on their board). Please wake up and let's learn the TRUTH and spread it around.

Nevada offices were raided today - files and computers removed...it'll be interesting to see what they find.

Obama and Ayers funded ACORN through the Woods Fund and through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
ACORN is a radical organization that isn't shy about using strong arm tactics to get what they want. ACORN and Obama both joined the socialist New Party in the mid-nineties. Obama got the support he wanted- didn't actually need it though because he eliminated his opponents in that election.

SunTimes archives about Madeline Talbott:

”And Talbott continued her effort to, as she put it, drag banks "kicking and screaming" into high-risk loans. A September 1993 story in The Chicago Sun-Times presents her as the leader of an initiative in which five area financial institutions (including two of her former targets, now plainly cowed - Bell Federal Savings and Avondale Federal Savings) were "participating in a $55 million national pilot program with affordable-housing group ACORN to make mortgages for low- and moderate-income people with troubled credit histories."

Maybe some of you think ACORN is a good organization - but fraud, intimidation, and strong arm tactics are going to get them in hot water...and we'll be watching.

Here's something else you should see

http://wewillnotbesilenced2008.com

News from AP, Tues, Oct. 7

LAS VEGAS - Nevada authorities seized records Tuesday from a group they accused of submitting fraudulent voter-registration forms — including for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Kurtz article(commentary) was nothing more than partisan pornography. Trying to blame an organization like ACORN for the current financial crisis is idiotic. If there were any truth to the allegations that Kurtz levels it would be published by any other legitimate news organization, rather than a right wing political organization like the National Review. ACORN did not invent Collateralized Debt Obligations, or Credit Default Swaps, both are directly responsible for the mess we are in. Do not forget that just because it says it on the internet does not mean it is true.

This is a scary story. I've started looking into exactly what's going on with this ACORN group, and this just has all the markings of a major coordinated effort to subvert the election process. It almost looks like Obama and his nefarious pals trying to export the corrupt Chicago political machine across the country. Vote early, vote often--even if you're deceased!

This isn't just some local Chicago corruption. This is international communism stealing at the polls what it cannot hope to win.

The plan is for the reds of Europe to sieze control of the American economy so that the lazy losers of France, Germany & Belgium can continue to fund all their precious social programs with OUR hard work... China & Russia are in this too, in order to eliminate a world rival. Obama is their tool.
Hollywood is loaded with their fools.
This man must be stopped.

ACORN WOULDN'T BE A STORY IF OBAMA WAS LOSING!
HE'S WINNING AND THE GOP WANTS TO GRASP AT STRAWS
AND CRY ME A RIVER!
TWENTY PLUS DAYS TO GO AND THE CRYING WILL END
FOR GOOD AND MCCAIN CAN GO INTO RETIREMENT!
CINDY MCCAIN YOUR HUSBAND VOTED NO TO FUND THE
TROOPS AS WELL, GREAT ACTING JOB LAST NIGHT!
WITH THE STOCK MARKET NO DOING WELL YOU PROBABLY
ARE LOSING A FEW BUCKS AS WELL, IT WILL BE OVER
SOON!
BETWEEN YOU AND PALING I DON'T KNOW WHO IS THE
BEST ACTRESS!

It should come as no surprise that Republicans are targeting ACORN; they know that low voter turnout typically favors them. Thank the Gods that national intelligence is so far outweighing the national stupidity that seems to have gripped our great country for the last 8 years.

Smear tactics and misinformation campaigns of these despicable operatives are the hallmarks of just about any Republican campaign, the difference this time is that we now know how to fight back against them. We also know that Republicans have much to hide after their last 8 horrendous years in destroying our country, our alliances and our standing in the world. They will go down fighting, and fighting hard, but keep the faith and they will go down.

Obama 08, baby.

I live in OH, and I have seen first hand what ACORN has done here. It's common knowledge that they were picking up people in homeless shelters to register and vote (I believe OH is the only state that, for one week,could register and vote in the same day) There was an interview with an "impartial" driver where she stated that they would pick up people at the shelters, drive them to the polls, and tell them to vote for Obama. I'm all for getting the vote out, but this is disgusting. I have lost all faith in the mainstream media. This is something that is actually happening and should be reported. This is not a smear on Obama, but just one more questionable association. If you want more, check out
http://www.worldnetdaily.comindex.php?pageId=57231. I may be able to forgive one association, but when you add them all up (Rev. Wright, ACORN, Ayers, AAAN) we have a problem.

Voter fraud has been going on for some time. I saw in first-hand some years ago when democrat volunteers picked up voters that could not drive and brought them to the voting facility and helped them fill out the ballot. None of these people could read or write which is not so uncommon BTW. They were TOLD where to put the X. It is every person's right to vote, but do we really want uninformed voters to vote when so much is at stake? Many voters barely know what day it is let alone any of the issues. That is because our educational system is broken in this country and the City of Chicago is a prime example. The political arm of this city is intent on keeping that voting public in the dark so they can be manipulated. ACORN is most certainly in the tank for Obama and all democrats not because of their policies, but because that is where they receive their money and support to keep the program alive. The dems are more than happy to keep the money rolling because ACORN works for the dems and thus gets the party more votes. Do I think that ACORN has a fail safe program that assures voter registration is honest - NO WAY. I will ask again. Does anybody think it is sad and frankly extremely disappointing that Obama has spent how many years representing the city of Chicago and yet the drop-out rate amongst blacks is still over 50 percent? Is this an accident or is it in the best interest of politicians to keep the voting public educationally challenged?

I don't think that Mr. Obama's connection with ACORN will hurt him as much as the fact that he got his political training with Sol Alinsky (the radical communist guru that Barack Obama idolized), if anyone will look at Obama's philosophy they will see the same doctrines as in Karl Marx 'Communist Manifesto"

http://tiny.cc/76EpA

Barack Obama's closet
By Dateline D.C.
Sunday, January 14, 2007

http://tiny.cc/h1USn

Obama to amend report on $800,000 in spending
By David M. Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, August 22, 2008

This attact on acorn is an attemp by the right to recreate what happened in 2000 and that is to take the rights of legal voters away. this time it wasn't as bold as it was in 2000 i mean why aren't these same people,crying about acorn,saying anything about what happened in florida. And how can they exspect anyone to believe that the morgage problem was caused by this group. This was the SL Scam under regan but now it was taken to a global level. No one told these bank to sell bonds backed by high risk realestate ventures. Sound familay macain. This time no ones going to jail.

Information on ACORN and how it works is very hard to find, but it is out there. I wonder why there is not one comment on FACTCHECK.com on subject, censorship? The Worst is yet to come please wake up, one vote each!!!!!!!!! Please vote. Your vote will effect 350 million people In USA, us it wisely!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The scariest part of the ACORN scandal is that there are people out there who are supportive of the voter fraud that is taking place. Typical leftist philosophy, the ends justify the means.

Acorn needs to be investigated for both voter fraud and its role in this financial mess. The democrats caused the financial mess with Acorn's help. Obama worked for Acorn, and they are supporting him now.

STEALING THE VOTES OF AMERICANS IS OUTRAGEOUS !!!
Acorn's voter fraud registration must be investigated. Also, Obama's involvement must be investigated. With the increasing number of anti-American racists and crooks surrounding Obama, we must insure that he does not steal this election. We must also investigate the legitimacy of Obama's foreign and domestic campaign contributions.

SPREAD THE WORD PEOPLE.DON'T BE FOOLED.THIS HAS BEEN A PLAN IN THE MAKING.OBAMA WANTS TO MAKE US A SOCIALIST NATION.THIS WILL BE THE END OF ALL OF OUR FREEDOM.

Of course, the RNC and right-wing wack-jobs are in full-throated hysteria about the crazy idea that a community organization like ACORN would have the temerity to register large numbers of typically under-represented voters (i.e. poor people and minorities), so they can actually have a say in the democratic process in their country. The reason, of course, is not because the right-wing is truly outraged by voter fraud, irregularities, or election tampering. If that were the case, they would have called for the investigations of Ken Blackwell in Ohio (2004) or Katherin Harris in Florida (2000). No, theirs is a much more cynical one: right-wingers don't like the idea of poor people and minorities having so much influence over a democratic process they view as their birthright. All current indications are that they are going to lose this one, and so the "Hail Mary" plans and core tactics are in full swing: (1) attack the evil liberal media, (2) gin up the internet rumor mill to create doubt about Obama as "the questionable other", and (3) when low on actual facts...just make shit up...and repeat, and repeat, and repeat. Just watch Fox, listen to right-wing talk radio, or read the right-wing bloggers here and elsewhere on the net and one can see their methodology in action. Hey nut-jobs, here's a ("Palinesk") news flash for ya: NO REASONABLE PERSON FAVORS VOTER FRAUD NOR SUPPORTS PEOPLE WHO PURPETRATE VOTER FRAUD! The fact that some ACORN employees have submitted false forms to make their quota does NOT make ACORN a criminal organization any more than the indictments and convictions of multiple Bush administration officials make George W. Bush a criminal. Until anyone on this blog or in the right-wing punditry comes forward with ACTUAL EVIDENCE of ACORN instructing or training its employees to submit fraudulent voter registration form, then the claims about ACORN's "fraudulent" activities are nothing more than the usual right-wing bullshit.

Typical democratic fraud! At least the fraudulant names weren't deceased, a practice by democrats in past elections.
It appears as if was step one in ACORN'S attempts to commit fraud on election night! I wonder how much money the person(s) were going to get paid to vote at numerous locations.

ARE THE POLLS TO BE BELIEVED ???
I, like many Americans believe that character, honesty, and integrity really do go to the foundation of who the next president should be.Obama is ahead in the polls because Obama is dramatically outspending McCain with television advertising ... he has a biased media in the tank, who provides him with more and better exposure, and editorial endorsement ... Obama has 96% of the black vote ... he enjoys the relentless support of a completely biased entertainment industry, plus the left wing educational community, plus massive illegal, or unethical fund raising, and voter registration drives, by groups like Acorn ... not to mention the fact that thanks to democratic propaganda, McCain has to carry Bush's weight. At this point in time, many Americans are also beginning to question the validity of the POLLS. Are they skewed, like the biased media? Do they truly reflect reality? Are the sample groups mostly black voters? If the Democrats are so sure they've already won, how come they keep trying so hard to make the rest of us believe it? Just like they did against Hillary! There is a good chance that if we can keep voter fraud out of this election, that on November 4th, the actual voters, in the privacy of their booths, will elect McCain/Palin, by a comfortable margin.
On November 4th cast your vote for McCain/Palin !!!

Juan posted:

"Strangely enough, a search on ACORN at factcheck comes up empty."

That's because factcheck.org was set up by democrats specifically to counter anti-obama media. Ask yourself why wouldn't it be on factcheck? The answer is clear.

ACORN POLITICAL PRANK

Saw this on craigslist:
Listed on craigslist with an ACORN office address with a free stuff ad.
Office closing, slow economy, everything tagged with a green, brown or white tag is free for pickup at xxxx xxxxxxx,xxxx,. After 6:00 everyday for next 2 weeks or all taken. Take all you want, so bring a truck. Door is open or key above door. Our loss is your gain. PS bring this ad with you.
Craigslist addresses
www.newyork.craigslist.org
Acorn addresses
www.acorn.org

The ACORN plan is simple.
a) over work clerk and recorders office and create situations where voter fraud will be rampant so they can protest when Obama loses.
b) inflate the Democratic party registrations through fraud to convince people that Obama will win
c) if the vote is within a few thousand challenge and recount until Obama wins (WA Governor 2004 and FL 2004)
d) promise race riots when Obama loses (Kenya 2007)

If it ain't close they can't cheat. If they riot in our neighborhood we still have the 2nd amendment out here.

I AM ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH ROBERT,

BABY OBAMA JR., HAS LESS EXPERIENCE, DO NOT HAS AN OBVIOUS FAMILY TREE - ANCESTORS, OUT OF TOUCH, NOT READY TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2008 - 2012,

I suggest, Baby Obama Jr., wait till he is 96 years old, at that time , Baby Obama Jr., will get more mature, more stronger leadership, and self confident of himself. That means for the USA presidency election era of 2058 - 2062.


End of discussion.

Thanks

T.

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