10/13/08

ACORN: From the Inside

More ACORN stories: hereVoter-fraud stories: here

Union-backed voter fraud group puts Obama in position for victory

Since there have been questions raised about just how involved Barack Obama and ACORN have been in the past, the degree of his affiliation with ACORN, whether or not Obama was called upon to train ACORN personnel, as well as questions of just how much importance ACORN placed on the direction and management oversight ACORN’s field volunteers and paid canvassers, the following excerpts are taken from an article written by Chicago ACORN leader and national Board member Toni Foulkes published in the Winter 2003/Spring 2004 edition of Social Policy quarterly review, found here (free subscription required) and titled ”Case Study: Chicago – The Barack Obama Campaign”
ACORN’s history of nonpartisan electoral work (voter registration and voter turnout) and leadership development combined during the March, 2004 primary season to make a big difference in the level of participation of our communities in that important election.

ACORN is active in experimenting with methods of increasing voter participation in our low and moderate income communities in virtually every election. But in some elections we get to have our cake and eat it too: work on nonpartisan voter registration and GOTV, which also turns out to benefit the candidate that we hold dear…

Obama started building the base years before. For instance, ACORN noticed him when he was organizing on the far south side of the city with the Developing Communities Project. He was a very good organizer. When he returned from law school, we asked him to help us with a lawsuit to challenge the state of Illinois’ refusal to abide by the National Voting Rights Act, also known as motor voter. Allied only with the state of Mississippi, Illinois had been refusing to allow mass-based voter registration according to the new law. Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won…

Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus, it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for State Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends…

ACORN members were involved in three activities around the primary:

1) Block captains were identified, as early as the summer before the March primary, and provided with lists of registered and unregistered voters and voter registration materials. We attended trainings and accountability meetings to receive our materials and make plans to get the people registered. Then we came back to report on our progress. We also hired voter registrars in the final three weeks to work the supermarkets in our communities. By the February 17 voter registration deadline for the primary, ACORN had registered 12,984 new voters. This was an organizational best for us. (As of this writing, we have added over 27,000 new voters).

2) Block captains then went to work to turn out the vote. They were all volunteers until the last few days, when we received funding to pay some of our block captains in some precincts of the 24th ward (North Lawndale) and the 15th ward (West Englewood) to get out the vote on the last Saturday before the election and on election day.

3) In some precincts in the 15th ward, we were able to hire canvassers to work on voter turnout for a full two weeks before the election. Each canvasser worked two to three precincts during that time.
It sure would be interesting to find out where the above referenced “funding” came from
… As it turned out, Obama won the primary handily, pulling white wards as well as African American. But no one knew that that would be the case. In each election we must act as if our work is critical for our communities. That is what we did in the primary, and we learned something in the process.
There is little doubt that Barack Obama has had an intimate relationship with ACORN since well before that 2004 election, that Barack Obama was highly regarded by ACORN, enough so that they had him train their personnel, yearly. It is also obvious that Obama has been ACORN’s candidate of choice for years, no matter what office he was running for. That makes his campaign’s $832,000 payments to ACORN all the more questionable. So too the Democrats’ attempts to fund ACORN with taxpayer money in the “Bailout” bill

Ms. Foulkes’ article also makes clear that voter registration efforts by ACORN are not the unsupervised forays into strange territories with little or no supervision of the paid canvassers, as ACORN and Obama would have us believe

And the fraud that has been discovered, in a dozen states thus far, is not some haphazard happenstance. As Foulkes points out ACORN’s efforts are carefully monitored and its personnel obviously well-trained

A federal Special Prosecutor with RICO experience is the only way to get to the bottom of this deliberate, on-going attempt to subvert the American electoral process

(kxmc.com)

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