ACORN-slayer James O’Keefe’s latest undercover video shows Census Bureau officials condoning fraud. O’Keefe signed up as a temporary Census employee and told his superiors that he hadn’t worked hours for which he was going to be paid.
For the most part Obama Census officials didn’t care and ignored O’Keefe’s admission.
The Census had to act because it’s important to keep dishonest and incompetent workers far away from the nation’s once-a-decade head count.
The data gathered are used to help determine who gets what and how much in the nation’s federalist system of governance. Population figures arrived at through the Census decide which states gain and lose seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the redistricting of state legislatures, county and city councils, and electoral districts.
False or inflated population figures can water down or negate entirely the value of an individual’s vote just as effectively as stuffing ballot boxes.
That’s why Americans were outraged last year when they learned the Obama administration bent over backwards to give ACORN a major role as a “national partner” in the 2010 Census.
In March, after the Obama administration tried unsuccessfully to consolidate control over Census operations in the White House, officials downplayed the significance of ACORN’s participation in the head count.
But Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the administration and discovered that ACORN’s involvement gave it ample opportunities to influence how the count would be conducted.
ACORN’s status as a “national partner” in the Census entitled it to “[i]dentify job candidates and distribute recruiting materials,” and “[p]rovide space to train new employees.”
Just what the Census needs: radical left-wing community organizers as employees, recruiters, and trainers.
The “national partner” status also would have helped ACORN to pose as a respectable group by allowing it to “[u]se census drop-in articles, messages and logos in newsletters, mailings, etc.” (See page 113 of the Census Bureau’s May 15, 2009 Freedom of Information Act response to Judicial Watch.)
“Given its history of illegal activity and fraud, ACORN should be nowhere near the 2010 Census,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said last year.
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