HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan is a longtime ally of ACORN and has been since his days as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s housing development commissioner. The mainstream media doesn’t care about Donovan’s unsavory connections so the ethically questionable cabinet member continues doling out millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to his old friends at ACORN. Donovan is just one of several Obama cabinet members who kissed Al Sharpton’s ring at the convention his group, National Action Network, held recently in Washington, D.C.
Various ACORN front groups (Working Families Party, New York Communities for Change, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) were deeply involved in organizing and participating in Occupy Wall Street protests and they’re gearing up right now to reelect President Obama in November.
Meanwhile, the ACORN front group New England United for Justice, which is headed by former national ACORN president Maude Hurd, has filed suit against Massachusetts.
The group accuses the Bay State of violating the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. Motor-Voter law). The accusation is hard to believe because in Massachusetts Obama’s close personal friend and fellow leftist Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democrat-controlled state legislature routinely bend over backwards to enforce all the latest politically correct diktats. The lawsuit itself (which may be viewed here) may be, among other things, an attempt to shake down the Commonwealth for money.
The plaintiffs are demanding several remedies including that more food stamp recipients and other individuals dependent on taxpayer largesse be placed on the voter rolls.
The plaintiffs are represented by several attorneys, among them Sarah Brannon and Sabrina Khan of Project Vote, the affiliate of ACORN that President Obama worked for in 1992. Khan is Project Vote’s election counsel and Brannon is director of the group’s Public Agency Registration Project whose mission is to carry out the Cloward-Piven Strategy of swamping the voter rolls with welfare recipients. (ACORN improved on the strategy by also registering illegal aliens, dead people, and cartoon characters.)
ACORN leaders have also been lobbying the Obama administration and working with Eric Holder’s Justice Department to water down laws that protect the integrity of the electoral system. ACORN operatives and many on the Left believe voter fraud is a myth invented by supposedly racist conservatives to prevent minorities from voting.
Perhaps Project Vote’s director of advocacy, Estelle H. Rogers, discussed efforts to undermine electoral integrity with administration officials during her visit to the Obama White House. Official visitor logs showed Rogers was to meet with a senior aide to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and with Van Jones’s former chief of staff.
Although ACORN petitioned for bankruptcy in November 2010, it never actually went away.
Months before the bankruptcy filing 13-year ACORN veteran Nathan Henderson-James, then-director of ACORN’s online campaigns, explained the subterfuge ACORN was using to dupe Americans into believing the group was shutting down.
“It is definitely true that over the next week or so we should see a dozen or more organizations launched on the state level by staff who used to work for ACORN and leaders who developed their skills as ACORN members. These are not just simple name changes, but reimaginings of how best to organize low and moderate income constituencies without any of the legal problems and funding issues dogging ACORN, not to mention the brand damage,” Henderson-James wrote in a leaked email.
It is a “tactically smart . . . reaction to the global situation that helps the work of building power for poor people to continue,” he wrote.
ACORN’s ruse was designed to keep tax dollars and foundation grants coming in.
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