10/8/08

Liberal group’s fraud shows voter ID need

More ACORN stories: hereVoter-fraud stories: here

The most fraudulent election in U.S. history

What do Barack Obama, Cynthia Tucker and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) have in common? I’ll tell you a few facts and you decide.

I’ll try not to load my words, as Cynthia Tucker did in her Sunday column blasting voter ID laws as the product of “pseudo-facts” and “overhyped allegations of voter fraud.” Readers of my column will, I hope, be outraged by their own thinking, not feelings emanating from pejorative terms.

My introduction to ACORN was in the 1990s. When the savings and loan debacle occurred and large numbers of S&Ls had to be taken into receivership, I was the eastern U.S. director of investigations for the Resolution Trust Corporation, the agency established to clean up the mess.

My staff of investigators worked with the FBI, federal prosecutors and local law enforcement on criminal matters and with internal and external lawyers to bring civil claims against those who caused major S&L losses.

The RTC took control of assets, such as foreclosed real estate, to sell on behalf of taxpayers.

That’s where ACORN came in. As an advocate of the poor, ACORN wanted RTC’s foreclosed homes and apartment buildings to be made available for free housing, rather than sold for market value to recover taxpayer funds. To make their point, instead of jawboning with Congress where the RTC mandates were made, they demonstrated and intimidated at RTC offices.

In our office in King of Prussia, Pa., for a time we had police officers on site to escort staff to and from their cars to reduce the chance of violence to their person or automobile by ACORN thugs.

Before last week’s Senate-sponsored credit market “rescue” legislation was passed and signed into law, the failed House version had a slush fund provision for ACORN.

The Republicans screamed “foul!” referring to ACORN as leftist, radical, a Democrat ally, corrupt and discredited. Personally, I agree, but you decide for yourself.

In July last year, seven ACORN workers were charged with felonies in the largest voter fraud case ever in Washington state. Their enthusiasm for registering Democratic voters led them to submit more than 1,800 fraudulent voter registration forms, filled out from the telephone book. Five pled guilty. ACORN paid a fine.

“This was an act of vandalism upon the voter rolls of King County,” said Dan Satterberg, King County prosecuting attorney.

After the smoke cleared in the 2004 Ohio presidential election, election officials reported that ACORN made a repeated practice of submitting large stacks of voter registration documents at the last minute, filled out months prior but held so late that any verification was impossible.

The Wall Street Journal wrote in that same 2004 Ohio election, an ACORN worker “was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters and pillars of the community named Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey.”

The history of ACORN fraud and intimidation makes a long list. While Cynthia Tucker makes readers mad at mean Republicans trying to intimidate voters by asking them to show ID that proves who they are, ACORN is just one example that proves the need, for those of you who need proof.

I’m among all the rest who know instinctively that showing ID to prove who you are when you vote is not only the simplest form of common sense, it’s common courtesy to your fellow voters. If you need an ID, and if you aren’t so blinded by your rights that you can’t see your responsibilities, getting one before the election is pretty simple common sense, too.

What about Obama? His involvement with ACORN began in the early 1990s in training staff and providing legal representation. ACORN’s political action committee has endorsed him and is now working to support his campaign.

If you have been watching the news about Democrat-sponsored, high-energy, same-day registration and early voting, you might have noticed ACORN is involved. I suspect fraud, but to be fair and accurate, I don’t know.

If there are any real journalists left, maybe they could check it out and report the facts without loaded words.

- Terry Garlock, a certified financial planner, lives in Peachtree City.

(ajc.com)

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