The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is a well-known and documented organization. They are at the center of numerous investigations into its illegal voter registration practices and at last count over 14 states have charges pending against the group. And this is not the first time. Employees of ACORN have been found guilty on numerous occasions.
** St Louis City election officials discover almost 1,500 fraudulent voter registration cards turned in by ACORN workers (AP, October 11, 2006)
** St Louis County election officials find hundreds of fraudulent address changes, most of which were submitted by ACORN (Post-Dispatch, October 25, 2006)
** Secretary of State Robin Carnahan orders St. Louis Elections Board to approve more than 5,000 of fraudulent voter registration cards submitted by ACORN. (http://www.mogop.org/media/sos-stlletter.pdf)
** FBI launches investigation into ACORN voter registration fraud (KC Star, October 24, 2006)
** ACORN workers caught on tape admitting they were urged to solicit votes for Claire McCaskill’s campaign for U.S. Senate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ6SrZODbHg)
** Four ACORN workers indicted for submitting as many as 1,000 fraudulent voter registration cards in the Kansas City area Each later pleads guilty (KC Star, November 2, 2006)
** Kansas City ACORN worker indicted for election fraud and identity theft (AP, January 6, 2007)
** Eight employees of ACORN plead guilty to election fraud in federal court. Their activities included submitting registration cards with forged signatures and false names. (Post-Dispatch, April, 2, 2008)
** Jackson County reports 100s of fraudulent registrations from ACORN (AP, October 9, 2008)
** FBI launches national investigation into ACORN voter registration fraud, seeks evidence from Kansas City elections board (KC Star, October 17, 2008)
ACORN worker pleads guilty to federal charges for submitting fraudulent voter registrations. (AP, March 24, 2009)
From the Washington Post yesterday (5/7/2009):
Pennsylvania ACORN Workers Charged: Seven Pittsburgh area ACORN workers were charged with falsifying voter-registration forms, with six accused of doing so to meet the group’s alleged quota system before last year’s general election. District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said he is hoping that the workers charged Thursday will help authorities determine whether Allegheny County ACORN officials will be charged with requiring the illegal quotas or otherwise directing that voter registrations be faked.
During this time, congress held hearings into some of these allegations. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) claimed that what he had heard was serious enough to warrant a full investigation. Some in the House have introduced legislation to ban ANY group under investigation from receiving federal money. It seemed as though this bipartisan effort to root out the issues was going to hit ACORN hard and thus be a great day for the American Justice system.
Like all good combat, though, the struggle moved back and forth, each side sparring and parrying the blows from its opponent. At the last second, defeat is yanked from the jaws of victory and we find ourselves having to regroup and determine what the next course of action. Such was the case recently when said Rep. decided that pursuing ACORN’s corruption was not the thing to do.
Say again? Since when is corruption not an issue to be investigated?
Oh. Wait. Most ethical and transparent congress ever. Right. I had forgotten.
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