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Rotten ACORN & Voter / Bank Fraud

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Photo ID: ACORN Voter ID Scandal in 2006 Could Have Been Avoided

People are still bombarded with phrases from politicians like, “make every vote count!”

While there are significant complaints from groups affiliated with radical leftist organizations in the the United States, these organizations are often the most significant offenders who disenfranchise the votes of other citizens through watering down the ballots via voting fraud.

Washington State speaks out against one such organization which has been caught and convicted of disenfranchising voters and a plan to keep it from ever happening again.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/05/02/voter-fraud-watch-could-acorn-scandal-in-washington-have-been-avoided-with-photo-id/

…if photo I.D. requirements had been the law in Washington state, the voter fraud scandal involving ACORN in 2006 would never have happened. According to Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, the incident “was the worst case of election fraud in our state’s history. It was an outrage.”

Two years ago ACORN submitted just over 1,800 new voter registration forms, but there was a problem. The names were made up — all but six of the 1,800 submissions were fakes. Reed said he was appalled.”

This is not a recent or isolated matter with ACORN.

As a reminder, ACORN was founded in 1970 and successfully lobbied the the Democratic Party in 1977, to create an indirect funding mechanism, in which political activities would be donated in return, which apparently included voter fraud. The legislation was called “The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977” – the root of the cause of the Sub-Prime Loan Crisis in 2007. In the words of Rev. Wright, “the chickens came home to roost.”

ACORN abuses this Carter/Democratic legislation by organizing followers of their special interest group to complain to the regulatory agency, to starve banks which did not donate money to their politically affiliated community groups or perform enough bad loans to their politically affiliated community group followers.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo125.html

Other examples of this far-left Marxist organization disenfranchising American voters include:
http://www.rottenacorn.com/activityMap.html

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  • 2005 – Two ex-ACORN employees were convicted in Denver, Colorado of perjury for submitting false voter registrations.
  • 2005 – Four ACORN employees submitted as many as 3,000 potentially fraudulent signatures on the group’s Albuquerque, New Mexico ballot initiative. A local sheriff added: “It’s safe to say the forgery was widespread.”
  • 2005 – the Virginia State Board of Elections admonished Project Vote and ACORN for turning in a significant number of faulty voter registrations. An audit revealed that 83% of sampled registrations that were rejected for carrying false or questionable information were submitted by Project Vote. Many of these registrations carried social security numbers that exist for other people, listed non-existent or commercial addresses, or were for convicted felons in violation of state and federal election law.
    In a letter to ACORN, the State Board of Elections reported that 56% of the voter registration applications ACORN turned in were ineligible. Further, a full 35% were not submitted in a timely manner, as required by law. The State Board of Elections also commented on what appeared to be evidence of intentional voter fraud. “Additionally,” they wrote, “information appears to have been altered on some applications where information given by the applicant in one color ink has been scratched through and re-entered in another color ink. Any alteration of a voter registration application is a Class 5 Felony in accordance with § 24.2-1009 of the Code of Virginia.”
  • 2004 – An ACORN employee admitted to forging signatures and registering three of her friends to vote 40 times on Colorado.
  • 2004 – A Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesman said ACORN was “singled out” among suspected voter registration groups for a 2004 wage initiative because it was “the common thread” in the agency’s fraud investigations.
  • 2004 – In Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported that “overzealous or unscrupulous campaign workers in several Michigan counties are under investigation for voter-registration fraud, suspected of attempting to register nonexistent people or forging applications for already-registered voters.” ACORN-affiliate Project Vote was one of two groups suspected of turning in the documents.
  • 2004 – North Carolina officials investigated ACORN for submitting fake voter registration cards.
  • 2004 – An ACORN employee registered a 13-year-old boy to vote. Citing this and other examples, New Mexico State Representative Joe Thompson stated that ACORN was “manufacturing voters” throughout New Mexico.
  • 2004 – In Ohio, a grand jury indicted a Columbus ACORN worker for submitting a false signature and false voter registration form. In Franklin County, two ACORN workers submitted what the director of the board of election supervisors called “blatantly false” forms. In Cuyahoga County, ACORN and its affiliate Project Vote submitted registration cards that had the highest rate of errors for any voter registration group.
  • 2004 – In Minnesota, during a traffic stop, police found more than 300 voter registration cards in the trunk of a former ACORN employee, who had violated a legal requirements that registration cards be submitted to the Secretary of State within 10 days of being filled out and signed.
  • 2004 – In Pennsylvania, Reading’s Director of Elections received calls from numerous individuals complaining that ACORN employees deliberately put inaccurate information on their voter registration forms. The Berks County director of elections said voter fraud was “absolutely out of hand,” and added: “Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registration but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations.” The Berks County deputy director of elections added that ACORN was under investigation by the Department of Justice.
  • 2004 – In Texas, ACORN turned in the voter registration form of David Young, who told reporters “The signature is not my signature. It’s not even close.” His social security number and date of birth were also incorrect.
  • 2004 – In Wisconsin, the district attorney’s office investigated seven voter registration applications Project Vote employees filed in the names of people who said the group never contacted them. Former Project Vote employee Robert Marquise Blakely told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had not met with any of the people whose voter registration applications he signed, “an apparent violation of state law,” according to the paper.
  • 2003 – In Missouri, of 5,379 voter registration cards ACORN submitted in St. Louis, only 2,013 of those appeared to be valid. At least 1,000 are believed to be attempts to register voters illegally.
  • 1998 – In Arkansas, a contractor with ACORN-affiliated Project Vote was arrested for falsifying about 400 voter registration cards.

The historical message is clear – The Radical Leftists are doing well in the United States through their corruption via the Democratic Party. The protection of the Republic through reasonable means of ensuring that only valid citizens are voting can easily be managed through Photo ID.

In most States of The Union, you need a photo id in order to travel by car or plane as well as purchase alcohol, tobacco, and even medication. Only the most subversive wish to “game” the election system – protecting the integrity of the voting system via Photo ID is not too much to ask.

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The Most Experienced Executive In History

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According to a news item this morning, George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was the worlds most experienced executive!  George Romney?  Yes, I kid you not.  His Chairmanship of American Motors, Governor of Michigan and several campaigns for the Presidency make it so. He is followed closely by those well-known titans of industry, Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey.  You didn’t know Nixon and Humphrey were executives?  You thought they were well-known politicians/office holders?  Well that’s because you don’t believe in change!  You’re an antiquated relic from the past, perhaps…even…..perhaps even a distraction….

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The news item I spoke of above was an interview with Barack Obama. The  Chosen One.  On Anderson Cooper’s show @ CNN Mr. Obama made some pretty amazing assertions, after the obligatory Hurricane Gustav concerns:

Now the video, aside from proving the man cannot speak easily without a teleprompter, is to me, absolutely stunning.

Obama: Well, you know, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about 3 times that just for the month. So I think our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear…

Obama compares the size of his campaign to the small Alaskan town Governor Palin was mayor of and suggests that since his campaign has more employees and will spend more money, that he is then the more experienced and more qualified executive!  Stop and think about those exact words.

Obama apparently forgot that Governor Palin is also a governor. And perhaps he didn’t know (but of course he does), but the number of state employees in Alaska dwarfs anything his campaign could ever hope to hire. And the Alaska state budget is some 22 times higher than the budget of the Obama campaign. And the investment boards and total revenue invested for the Alaska Trust (these are the mandadated investment of all mineral revenues) is in the tens of billions of dollars!

Oddly enough, Obama doesn’t site his days as a “community organizer” or his service in the Illinois State Senate, where presumably he did have a staff, as part of his executive experience.

In his very own words, Senator Obama concedes that the only executive experience he has had is that of running his campaign for President, these scant past two years. He is actually suggesting that the experience he has gotten from running his campaign is a major part of what qualifies him to be president!

John McCain’s spokesman called the suggestion “laughable.”

“For Barack Obama to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and its laughable. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy as comparable to Governor Sarah Palin’s executive experience managing a budget of over $10 billion and more than 24,000 employees,” said spokesman Tucker Bounds.

This is the first that I could find, in hours of searching, of Barack Obama claiming to take a personal role in running his campaign, being in effect the CEO of it.  All previous mentions by Obama reference his campaign manager, media people, and all that.  I did find a video of him in his Chicago HQ remarking how he barely recognized the faces, the place had grown so. I have run some pretty large campaigns, and have yet to run across a candidate one could compare to a CEO/COO/Chairman.

Using only Obama’s standard, it is crystal clear Governor Palin has the far greater executive experience. She controls a budget of almost $10 billion and a state work force of some 20,000+ employees – ten times the number Obama employs in his campaign. And a budget some 20 times higher than anything Obama will manage in this year’s campaign.

Here are just a few of the duties a sitting governor deals with daily:

* Government administration
* Commerce, Community & Economic Development
* Corrections/Prisons/Criminal Justice
* Education
* Environmental policies
* Fish & Game
* Health and Social Services
* Labor
* Law
* Military and Veterans’ Affairs
* Natural Resources
* Public Safety
* Revenue
* Transportation and Public Facilities
* State College and Universities
* State Legislature/Approving or Vetoing Bills
* Court System Administration
* Fund Capitalization
* Public Education Fund
* Special Appropriations
* Retirement policies

While many on the left are busy denouncing Palin for not having enough executive experience, while noting Obama’s vast experience as a community organizer and a state senator, they overlook the following: that as the governor of a state, even a small  population state like Alaska, you confront issues and have responsibilities that are very much like those you will come into contact with in the White House.

I think it only logical to conclude that experience is even more relevant in Governor Palin’s case, as she is a politician used to being far closer, having more direct contact and feedback with her Constituents than Obama, who as a United States Senator and Illinois State Senator comes from a state with a compariatively huge population base that makes direct contact problematic.

What say you?