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ACORN And Project Vote

During, and after the 2008 election cycle, ACORN and Project Vote were investigated for widespread electoral crimes in Americaís closely contended states for filing millions of fraudulent Democratic voter registrations, and throwing out those of Republican voters. 

One ACORN executive was found guilty of submitting an amazing 400,000 bogus registrations in Nevada, a state with 2.6 million voters.  Amy Adele Busefink was convicted of voter fraud in Las Vegas.  She was given a two year sentence, which was regrettably, suspended.

The "community organizing" group has a long history of flooding low- and middle-income neighborhoods in election years with temporary workers instructed to register 20 to 25 voters per day -- or risk getting fired -- while most states prohibit paying per signature, but ACORN workers earning $8 to $9 an hour still have to hit their quotas.  And many need the money - including ex-cons in work-release programs, who have driven intimidated citizens into early voting by telling them how to vote.

ACORN's controversial tactics were fueled by Barack Obama, whose campaign paid an ACORN spinoff, Community Services Inc., about $800,000 for their 2008 General Election operations and then lied about it.  The money enabled Obots to knock on doors and urge people to vote for Obama in four key primary states: Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

In his pre-politics days, Obama ran the Illinois chapter of Project Vote in 1992, before it hooked up with ACORN.  Obama promised in 2007 to let ACORN and related groups "help shape the agenda" of his presidency.

Voter registration fraud complaints mounted all through the campaign for the group, that was under scrutiny in 11 states where hundreds of thousands of new registrations were questioned.  ACORN volunteers have been found to register dead people and even put members of the Dallas Cowboys on the Nevada lists.


Michelle Malkin reported on an entire houseful (photo) of young, non-Ohioan Democrat activists who used an Ohio address to register themselves to vote in the Buckeye State and secure absentee ballots under extremely shady circumstances -- all while mobilizing a large effort to register thousands of others for absentee and early voting.  The activists were leaders of a group called "Vote From Home '08."  The group self-identified themselves as having "extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics."

In Connecticut, the State Elections Enforcement Commission has opened an investigation into allegations that ACORN submitted false voter-registration cards in Bridgeport.  One of the phony registrations was for a 7-year-old girl in the Marina Village housing complex, whose age was listed as 27 on the voter card.

In Indiana, new voter registrations closed Monday in Lake County with possible record-breaking numbers and simmering allegations of fraud and racial discrimination.  Elections board Director Sally LaSota said more than 12,000 voter registration forms were waiting to be processed before the county knew how many potential voters were ready to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.  "It may be a record," she said.

Instances of voter registration fraud also occurred in Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The Democrats were so eager to elect Obama at any cost, that they conspired, abandoned every pretense of fairness, broke every election law, and even posted thugs at polling stations to ensure their man won.

And now, according to a new article in The Nation, Frances Fox Piven of "Cloward-Piven Strategy" fame, recently joined the Project Vote board of directors.  "Progressives" are planning to do it again in 2012.  After all, to these people, "the end justifies the means."
Project Vote
Obama worked as executive director of ACORNís voter-registration arm, Project Vote, in 1992.  Joined by two other community organizers on Chicagoís South Side, Obama conducted the voter-registration drive that helped elect Carol Moseley-Braun to the Senate that year.

The next year, 1993, Obama joined the civil-rights law firm Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, where he sued the state of Illinois on behalf of ACORN to implement the federal "Motor Voter" law, which the GOP governor at the time refused to do.  Then-Gov. Jim Edgar argued, presciently, that the Clinton law would invite voter fraud.

Obama downplays his ties to ACORN, and his campaign denies coordinating with ACORN to register voters.

For a man with a short track record, Barack Obama spends a lot of time disassociating himself from political partners.  He spent most of the campaign misrepresenting his years-long working relationship with William Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist of the Weather Underground and a man who still wants the overthrow of the capitalist economic system in the US.  Now he wants to hide his work over two decades with an organization that should be looking at the business end of a federal RICO prosecution.

ACORN admits Project Vote is part of ACORN and Michelle Malkin outlines the scope of their criminal behavior.

In 1992, Senator Obama served as Illinois Executive Director of PROJECT VOTE!, an effort that added over 100,000 newly registered voters in Illinois.  He later received the 1995 Legal Eagle Award from IVI-IPO for his work in bringing Illinois into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (Motor-Voter).

By 2001, Obama was on the board of several organizations including the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where he was chairman, the Joyce Foundation, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and Public Allies.
More Project Vote
FrontPage magazine's "Discover the Networks" has the 411 on Project Vote.

Project Vote is the voter-mobilization arm of ACORN. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose professed purpose is to carry out "non-partisan" voter registration drives; to counsel voters on their rights; and to litigate on behalf of voting rights -- focusing on the
rights of the poor and the "disenfranchised."

Project Vote's major program areas include the following:

Voter Participation Program: "[Since its inception],
Project Vote has helped more than 4 million Americans in low-income and minority neighborhoods register to vote, including 1.1 million in 2003-04. In the same period, Project Vote reached more than 2.3 million low-income and minority voters to educate them about the importance of voting.  Our methodology is based on face-to-face contact between voters and trusted community messengers, generally a representative of a local community organization."

Election Administration Program: "[This program] encompasses every aspect of election implementation, from voter registration application design to voting booth placement to vote counting and everything in between.  Working in neighborhoods nationwide, Project Vote documents voting problems and works closely with elections officials, secretaries of state, and state legislators to enact proactive, pragmatic solutions.  A central component of our work is the inclusion of low-income and minority voters through the involvement of our community partners."

NVRA Implementation Project: "[This] partnership between Project Vote, ACORN and Demos aims to improve voter registration services at public assistance agencies. Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires states to offer voter registration to public assistance clients upon application, recertification or renewal, and change of addresses.  The Project ... offers technical assistance."  The National Voting Rights Institute and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have recently become co-administrators of this initiative.

The stated purpose of Project Vote is to work within the system, using conventional voter mobilization drives and litigation to secure the rights of minority and low-income voters under the U.S. Constitution.  However, the organization's actions indicate that its true agenda is to overwhelm, paralyze, and discredit the voting system through fraud, protests, propaganda and vexatious litigation.  In this respect, Project Vote is following the so-called "crisis strategy" or Cloward-Piven Strategy pioneered during the Sixties by Columbia University political scientists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.

As a follow-up to their effort to collapse the welfare system in the 1960s, in 1983 Cloward and Piven founded the Human Service Employee Registration, Voting and Education campaign Fund (Human SERVE Fund).  Its objective, they said, was to increase voter turnout among the poor.  But unlike Project Vote, Human SERVE did not rely on conventional door-to-door canvassing, or even on the more effective method of registering people in food stamp and unemployment lines which Project Vote had pioneered.  Rather, Human SERVE lobbied government officials directly to enact laws and regulations directing public employees to offer to register citizens applying for services at government agencies.  This effort realized its grandest ambition on May 20, 1993, when President Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 -- commonly called the "Motor-Voter Act."  It ordered every state to provide resources enabling people to register to vote at state agencies, at the same time they applied for drivers' licenses, welfare, Medicaid and disability benefits.  In June 2000, Cloward and Piven dissolved Human SERVE, leaving to ACORN and Project Vote the task of making the Motor Voter "crisis strategy" work at the polls.  It did, in fact, fuel an explosion of fraudulent voters.

In 1996, Project Vote became involved in Teamstergate -- a criminal conspiracy to embezzle funds from the Teamster treasury, launder them through outside organizations, and then siphon them back into the re-election war chest of Teamsters President Ron Carey in 1996.  According to trial testimony, the operation was approved by high-level White House and Democratic Party officials.

A persistent pattern of lawlessness has followed ACORN/Project Vote activists over the years.  For example, one Project Vote contractor -- a single mother of three -- forged 400 voter registration cards in 1998.  "Some of the addresses listed on these applications were traced to vacant lots, boarded-up buildings, abandoned buildings, and nonexistent house numbers," notes a report by the Employment Policies Institute. Former Miami-Dade field director for ACORN's 2004 voter mobilization Mac Stuart has testified that fraud is standard procedure for ACORN/Project Vote canvassers -- behavior that is not only tolerated but encouraged by supervisors.  "[T]he voter registration project has been operating illegally since it started," Stuart told investigators.

In the 2004 election cycle, ACORN and Project Vote canvassers fanned out by the thousands across battleground states, turning up repeatedly in press reports and on police blotters in connection with fraudulent petitioning and voter registration.  Canvassers were caught or accused of filing registrations in duplicate, filing them for deceased or imaginary people or, in some cases, destroying large numbers of Republican registrations.
Project Vote -- What Could Go Wrong?
In his article, "Frances Fox Piven Joins Board of Project Vote -- What Could Go Wrong?," Kyle Olson reports that while ACORN has earned much of the scorn of the press and public in recent months, its voter registration arm, Project Vote, is actually the entity that has been conducting the questionable voter registration drives.

Project Vote has been accused of voter registrations fraud in more than a dozen states.  Its parent group ACORN, along with a staff member, are scheduled to be tried for fraud in Nevada in a matter of days.  Recently, ACORN was nailed under the RICO Act in Ohio and ordered to never come back to the state.  More importantly, the settlement also said ACORN couldnít simply morph into another organization and cause the same type of trouble in Ohio.

In short, Project Vote is at the root of ACORNís voter registration fraud problems.

So as ACORN is transforming, Project Vote is transforming, too.  According to a new article in The Nation, Frances Fox Piven of "Cloward-Piven Strategy" fame, recently joined the Project Vote board of directors.

Continue reading here . . .
Stealing CT
The State Elections Enforcement Commission has opened an investigation into allegations that a community activist organization submitted at least 10 false voter-registration cards in Bridgeport.

One of the phony registrations was for a 7-year-old girl in the Marina Village housing complex, whose age was listed as 27 on the voter card.

Another registration came from a man who later said he couldnít have completed the voter card purported to be his because he was in jail on the date of the document.

Joseph J. Borges, the cityís Republican registrar of voters, filed the complaint with state officials after months of local complaints on the tactics that ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was regularly filing applications that were ruled ineligible.

In response, a Bridgeport leader of ACORN on Tuesday night called the charges "part of a concerted and coordinated campaign by conservatives and the GOP to attack and discredit ACORN."
Stealing IA
New voter registrations closed Monday in Lake County with possible record-breaking numbers and simmering allegations of fraud and racial discrimination.

Elections board Director Sally LaSota said more than 12,000 voter registration forms are waiting to be processed from recent days before the county knows how many potential voters are ready to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.

"It may be a record," she said.

Porter County has processed at least 3,500 voter applications since the spring primary in May, officials there said.

However, the large influx has brought new controversies.

LaSota said Monday representatives of ACORN, dropped off 2,000 new voter applications last week in Lake County.

"About 1,100 are no good," she said.

This is one of those news stories you can hardly believe.  In Lake County, Indiana, ACORN turned in 5,000 new registrations.  The authorities there started reviewing them, and quit after they found that the first 2,100 were all fraudulent.  The mind boggles: ACORN turns in thousands of new registrations, and not a single one represents a legitimate voter. (video)
Stealing MI
The Michigan Secretary of State told the press in September that ACORN had submitted "a sizeable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications."
Stealing MO
Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.

Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.

"I donít even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy," Davis said. "We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that donít exist, people who have driverís license numbers that wonít verify or Social Security numbers that wonít verify. Some have no address at all."

The nonpartisan group works to recruit low-income voters, who tend to lean Democratic. Most polls show Republican presidential candidate John McCain with an edge in bellwether Missouri, but Democrat Barack Obama continues to put up a strong fight.

Jess Ordower, Midwest director of ACORN, said his group hasnít done any registrations in Kansas City since late August. He said he was told three weeks ago by election officials that there were only about 135 questionable cards ó 85 of them duplicates.

"They keep telling different people different things," he said. "They gave us a list of 130, then told someone else it was 1,000."

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the agency has been in contact with elections officials about potential voter fraud and plans to investigate.
Stealing NV
Earlier this month, Nevada's Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller requested a raid on ACORN's offices, following complaints of false names and fictional addresses (including the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys). Nevada's Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said he saw rampant fraud in 2,000 to 3,000 applications ACORN submitted weekly.
Stealing OH
Teenager Freddie Johnson said he was offered smokes and dollar bills to fill out voter registration cards.

And now the Cuyahoga County Elections Board has 73 cards with Johnson's name on them.

Johnson and another prolific registrant were subpoenaed to testify at a meeting Monday as the Elections Board continued its look at possible fraud by ACORN, a national organization that tries to get low- and moderate-income people to register.  ACORN's methods have drawn interest in a number of states this presidential election year.

Johnson, 19, said he mostly was trying to help ACORN workers who begged him to sign up because they needed to keep their jobs.

"They'd come up with a sob story why they needed the signature," said Johnson, of Garfield Heights.

An initial review found that about 200,000 newly registered voters reported information that did not match motor-vehicle or Social Security records.  Close to one in every three newly registered Ohio voters will end up on court-ordered lists being sent to county election boards because they have some discrepancy in their records, an elections spokesman said Wednesday.

ACORN leaders have acknowledged that workers paid by the hour were given quotas to fill. 
Stealing PA
A retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice says that she is "not confident we can get a fair election" in the state come November.

Justice Sandra Newman, accompanied by Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and Pennsylvania Republican State Chairman Robert Gleason, expressed her concerns at a Harrisburg press conference this morning.  A thick document replete with photo copies of phony registrations and aerial shots of vacant lots used as "addresses" for "voters" was handed out to journalists.

Gleason was even more explicit.

"Between March 23rd and October 1st, various groups, including ACORN, submitted over 252,595 registrations to the Philadelphia County Election Board" with 57, 435 rejected for faulty information.  "Most of these registrations were submitted by ACORN, and rejected due to fake social security numbers, incorrect dates of birth, clearly fraudulent signatures, addresses that do not exist, and duplicate registrations. In one case, a man was registered to vote more than 15 times since the Primary election."

According to city officials, close to 8,000 applications turned in by ACORN are problematic, including the 1,500 already sent to the U.S. Attorney, and officials expect the number to climb.  Greg Voigt says so far his office is catching them, making sure no bad registrations lead to bad votes, but admits he has limited staff.

ACORN has said it is actually identifying these problematic registrations in advance and trying to notify authorities.  In Philadelphia, ACORN said it flagged, I guess, 5,000 applications before the officials found them.

Not according to the city officials, not true.  Officials say that ACORN came in with a bundle of 1,100 that they thought were suspect.  Actually, it turned out a couple of hundred of them were actually good voter registration cards that they processed and sent voter cards out to.  So, there are a lot of disparities between the number that ACORN is getting and what city officials checking the actual records are getting, and that number is only going to grow as they continue to process more of these for this election.

"Voter fraud is no longer just a Philadelphia problem," Gleason said, with ACORN targeting key counties across the state. Counties specifically cited included:

More here . . .
Stealing WI
Milwaukee County prosecutors Tuesday charged a convicted felon with illegally registering himself and others to vote between his conviction and his sentencing.

The complaint accuses Adam Mucklin, 22, of registering to vote in June, after he was convicted of battery in April, and after a judge told him he couldnít vote as a convicted felon. Later in June, Mucklin signed up to work as a paid voter registrar for the Community Voters Project, something else he couldnít do as a convicted felon, the complaint says.

A recent opinion from the staff of the state Government Accountability Board says no one convicted of a felony can ever serve as a registrar, a stricter standard than the previous interpretation that registrars only had to be eligible to vote.

Under Wisconsin law, felons canít vote until after they have completed their sentences and are off probation or parole. For Mucklin, that would not be until Jan. 10, 2012, the complaint notes.
Voter Fraud

Michelle Malkin reports on an entire houseful (photo) of young, non-Ohioan Democrat activists have used the Brownlee Avenue address to register themselves to vote in the Buckeye State and secure absentee ballots under extremely shady circumstances -- all while mobilizing a large effort to register thousands of others for absentee and early voting.  The activists are leaders of a group called "Vote From Home Ď08."  The group is self-identified as having "extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics."  They were hailed as the "Justice League" by a Daily Kos blogger.  Their Facebook page brags: "Want to turn the Presidential election blue in a key swing state?  Vote from Home is a political organization that was founded by a team of young people for the purpose of assisting, aiding, and tracking voters to elect progressive candidates to the White House.  Encouraged by the excitement of the 2008 elections and the movement around the Democratic candidates, Vote From Home will be in Ohio seeking to deliver 10,000 votes to Democratic candidates statewide."

Palestra.net, a network of young reporters who have been doing the voter and registration fraud reporting that the MSM has been slow to do, have a breaking investigative report on how several members of the Democrat Vote From Home team -- all Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholars studying abroad -- are turning up on Franklin County voter rolls despite having no bona fide residence in Ohio and admittedly having little to no knowledge about the state before descending on it in August to sign up other new voters in a rush to put 10,000 Obama supporters on the rolls.

 

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