ACORN

ACORN is a long-time advocacy group with whom Obama was once
associated.Recently, though, ACORN workers in two states have
pleaded guilty to election fraud, an unlikely recipient of federal largess.
http://republicanleader.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=103865
(Fox News Report, 9/26/08)

Seven ACORN workers were charged with committing the biggest
voter registration fraud in [Washington] state history.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003806904_webvotefraud26m.html
(The SeattleTimes, 7/26/07)

ACORN workers 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. The ACORN workers told state investigators that they went to the Seattle public library, sat at a table
and filled out the voter registration forms. They made up names,
addresses, and Social Security numbers and in some cases plucked names from the phone book. One worker said it was a lot of hard
work making up all those names and another said he would sit at
home, smoke marijuana and fill out the forms.
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/05/02/voter-fraud-watch-could-acorn-scandal-in-washington-have-been-avoided-with-photo-id/
(Fox News 5/02/08)

Late last year, a handful of Acorn canvassers in Washington state admitted that they had falsified voter registrations by illegally filling out hundreds of forms with names such as Dennis Hastert, Leon Spinks and Fruito Boy Crispila.
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121745181676698197.html
(Wall Street Journal, 7/31/08)

Eight workers for a get-out-the-vote effort in St. Louis city and
county have pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting
false registration cards for the 2006 election, authorities said today. The workers were employed by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), gathering voter registrations.
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/795117FA8146E4F08625741F006D15C0?
(Associated Press,
(OpenDocument 4/02/08)

Acorn has had a number of missteps. This month its founder, Wade Rathke, resigned after news emerged that his brother Dale had
embezzled nearly $1 million from Acorn and affiliated groups eight
years ago — information the group kept from law-enforcement authorities and most members. Dale Rathke left the organization only last month.
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121745181676698197.html
(Wall Street Journal, 7/31/08)

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