10/14/10

Rehabilitating ACORN, Van Jones

Wade Rathke cited in smear factory exposé
Steve Kest, who was executive director of the organized crime syndicate ACORN, has become a senior fellow at John Podesta's Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP is heavily funded by radical philanthropist George Soros and subprime mortgage hucksters Herb and Marion Sandler.

CAP is behind President Obama's bizarre smear attack against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that claims the trade association is using foreign money to influence the election. The smear smacks of "reptilian desperation" and "oozes of slime and innuendo," says Charles Krauthammer. More on that in a moment.

Kest joins self-described "communist" and 9/11 truther Van Jones who is also a senior fellow at CAP. Kest participated in the eight-year long coverup of a million-dollar embezzlement at ACORN perpetrated by Dale Rathke, brother of disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke.

Under Kest's leadership, over time ACORN embraced progressively more brutal tactics such as the 1995 storming of a congressional hearing on the Community Reinvestment Act. ACORN national president Maude Hurd and other ACORN members caused such a ruckus they were arrested by Capitol police. ACORN researcher Stanley Kurtz says Hurd’s temper tantrum helped "save" the CRA, which Congress was then considering weakening.

(by Matthew Vadum from newsrealblog.com)

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