Barack Obama and ACORN Voter Fraud

October 14, 2008 · Filed Under ACORN, News ·  

There are currently 14 states investigating ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) for voter fraud, and Barack Obama is moving swiftly to distance himself from his old comrades.

But Obama has extensive ties to the militant liberal group, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Which brings us to Mr. Obama, who got his start as a Chicago “community organizer” at Acorn’s side. In 1992 he led voter registration efforts as the director of Project Vote, which included Acorn. This past November, he lauded Acorn’s leaders for being “smack dab in the middle” of that effort. Mr. Obama also served as a lawyer for Acorn in 1995, in a case against Illinois to increase access to the polls.

During his tenure on the board of Chicago’s Woods Fund, that body funneled more than $200,000 to Acorn. More recently, the Obama campaign paid $832,000 to an Acorn affiliate. The campaign initially told the Federal Election Commission this money was for “staging, sound, lighting.” It later admitted the cash was to get out the vote.

The Obama campaign is now distancing itself from Acorn, claiming Mr. Obama never organized with it and has nothing to do with illegal voter registration. Yet it’s disingenuous to channel cash into an operation with a history of fraud and then claim you’re shocked to discover reports of fraud. As with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers, Mr. Obama was happy to associate with Acorn when it suited his purposes. But now that he’s on the brink of the Presidency, he wants to disavow his ties.

The ACORN doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it?

ACORN Not the Group Obama Knew

October 11, 2008 · Filed Under ACORN, Ethics ·  

There were many stories in the news this week about ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and voter fraud in Missouri, Ohio, and other parts of the country. Good thing this group has no ties to any of the Presidential candidates, right?

As the RedState blog points out, the Barack Obama campaign has sought to minimize the ties between ACORN and Obama.

I’d urge you to read the truth about Obama’s ties to the left wing, community organizer group.

Just a few weeks ago, Obama supporters were so proud of his work as a community organizer - the work he was doing then with ACORN.

There were shirts and buttons proclaiming that Jesus was a community organizer.

When it comes to supporting ACORN, WWJD?

Barney Frank Doesn’t Like the Taste of His Medicine

October 3, 2008 · Filed Under Economy, Jimmy Carter ·  

Barney Frank, Democrat representing Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district since 1981, has been grandstanding over the economic crisis for the past week or so. To watch him, you would find it hard to believe that the situation started under the Democrats, and when Bush tried to fix it, Barney Frank stood in the way.

The mess dates back to the Carter administration where the Community Reinvestment Act came into being.

Later, when President Clinton came to office in 1993, he allowed the Community Reinvestment Act to increase the number of mortgage loans by 39 percent, while other loans increased by 17 percent.

And then we had President Bush, who was concerned about Fannie and Freddie, and proposed changes that would not bail them out if they ran into difficulty.

What did Barney Frank say to this?

“Fannie and Freddie are not facing any crisis.”

At the same time, left-wing groups like ACORN worked to increase the scope of the Community Reinvestment Act.

So, it was a bit entertaining to watch Bill O’Reilly grill Barney Frank on the issue.

Read the transcript from the discussion between Barney Frank and Bill o”Reilly

Barack Obama, ACORN, and the Killing of the Economy

September 30, 2008 · Filed Under ACORN, Economy, News ·  

Barack Obama has been talking a big game over the past week about his concerns for Main Street, but he actually played a key roles in an organization that contributed significantly to the financial crisis.

No, I’m not talking about the Democratic Party, though the Democrats were certainly prominent in this mess with the Community Reinvestment Act.

I am talking about a group called ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), an activist group that pressured banks into lending money to high-risk applicants, in addition to voter fraud, according to the Wall Street Journal:

Acorn, one of America’s most militant left-wing “community activist groups,” is spending $16 million this year to register Democrats to vote in November. In the past several years, Acorn’s voter registration programs have come under investigation in Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Washington, while several of their employees have been convicted of voter fraud.

That same ACORN group with close ties to Barack Obama since his storied community organizer days, and the group he represented ACORN as a lawyer.

Anyhow, Stanley Kurtz wrote an insightful article on ACORN and Obama in the New York Post, “O’s Dangerous Pals, Barack’s ‘Organizer’ Buds Pushed for Bad Mortgages.”

What exactly does a “community organizer” do? Barack Obama’s rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here’s a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it.

The seeds of today’s financial meltdown lie in the Community Reinvestment Act - a law passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later decades.

More on Obama and ACORN from CBS News.

I am not sure what is more troubling… how deep Obama is in with this fringe group that helped implode our economy, or the lack of coverage by the mainstream media about what Obama was actually doing as a community organizer.