ACORN is being investigated

Oct. 20, 2008

by Roz Kohls

One of our most precious rights, the right to vote, has been under siege the last couple of weeks.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN, is under investigation in at least eight states for fraudulent voter registration, according to the Oct. 10 New York Post. Freddie Johnson, 19, for example, was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering 72 times in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition, ACORN allegedly registered a 7-year-old girl to vote in Bridgeport, CT. Lateala Goins said she had registered multiple times also, using fake addresses, Jeane MacIntosh reported in the Washington Post.

Election officials in Kansas City, MO have been bogged down sorting through the allegedly fake registration forms they received.

“I don’t even know the entire scope of it, because registrations are coming in so heavy,” said Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is located, as she was quoted in the Oct. 9 Star Tribune.

“We have identified about 100 duplicates and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify, or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all,” Davis added.

Authorities in Nevada seized records Oct. 7 from ACORN after finding fraudulent registration forms that included the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys, reported Bill Draper in the Star Tribune article.

ACORN’s political wing has endorsed Barack Obama for president, but Obama’s campaign is claiming ACORN has no role with it. However, Obama paid $832,598 during the primary to Citizen Service Inc., which shares the same board of directors as ACORN.

Obama is saying he has never worked for ACORN in anything other than a 1995 lawsuit on its behalf.

However, Toni Foulkes, a Chicago ACORN leader, wrote an article in 2004, in the journal Social Policy, according to the Cleveland Leader, that says otherwise.

“Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won,” Foulkes said.

“Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992, that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign. (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them), Foulkes said.

“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 US Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for US Senate, we were old friends,” Foulkes said.

Old friends? Are ACORN’s allegedly fraudulent registrations on Obama’s behalf?

It’s time for Obama to fully explain his relationship with ACORN.