Recent Judicial Watch investigation reveals nearly $800,000 in funding to fraudulent voter registration organization ACORN despite federal law prohibiting that very thing.
he now infamous and proven fraudulent ACORN organization, the same group responsible for countless phony voter registrations, and who enjoyed strong support from then-candidate Barack Obama in 2007 and 2008 to the tune of a million dollars in contributions, appears to still be enjoying strong support from now President Obama despite a federal ban on funding the far left community activist group.
In July of 2011, Judicial Watch tied nearly $80,000 in federal monies to a newly formed group calling itself AHCOA. (Affordable Housing Centers of America) This organization is actually ACORN – same group, different name. Judicial Watch then traced another $730,000 in federal money having gone to AHCOA/ACORN. It should also be noted that Barack Obama is a former employer of ACORN – having worked with its Project Vote group in the 1990′s.
The following are shocking excerpts of the Judicial Watch Report:
-Tens of millions of dollars in ACORN’s funds and other assets are unaccounted for. This is currently being investigated by the Louisiana attorney general’s office and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, as well as Judicial Watch.
-What was previously called ACORN Housing was renamed Affordable Housing Centers of America (www.AHCOA.org) in early 2010. In every other respect, the organization is unchanged…AHCOA’s headquarters are located at 209 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60606, the former headquarters of ACORN Housing, and its fourteen field offices were the former locations of ACORN Housing. The new corporation also adopted the same Employee Identification Number (EIN 72-1048321)
-Federal investigators have documented fraudulent activity by ACORN Housing/AHCOA. For example, a September 21, 2010, HUD Inspector General report notes that ACORN Housing, “now operating as Affordable Housing Centers of America,” misappropriated funds from a $3,252,399 federal grant
-In a May 2011 interview with The Root, Bertha Lewis, former CEO of ACORN, said that she and her ACORN colleagues have created 18 new independent state organizations around the country covering 25 states – “We have created 18 bulletproof community-organizing Frankensteins that they’re going to have a very hard time attacking,” Lewis boasted.
-In Colorado, 11,805 individuals – non-citizens at the time they obtained a driver’s license – have been identified as registered voters in 2010…In 2008, Indiana election officials discovered more than 4,000 fraudulent registrations submitted by ACORN workers. Elections board director Sally LaSota reported that “ACORN vote canvassers pulled names and addresses from telephone books and forged their signatures… Previously, in October 2008, Philadelphia deputy city commissioner Fred Voight reported that ACORN had submitted approximately 8,000 fraudulent voter registration forms… However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation .
ACORN’s Impact on 2008 and 2010 Elections According to its own assessment of the 2008 election, ACORN – in conjunction with the efforts of Project Vote – submitted registration cards for 1,312,558 voters nationally. The goal was clearly partisan. ACORN and Project Vote targeted voters who were most likely to support left-wing causes and candidates, to the exclusion of others.
The elections in 2012 will be another story. Project Vote is gearing up for the presidential election by threatening lawsuits under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and working to oppose weaker fraud protections in voter registration and voting in a number of states.
ACORN leaders at both the state and national levels seem to have systemically violated numerous laws, and yet, the Obama Justice Department, likely due to the president’s personal and political ties to the organization, refuses to investigate. With many former ACORN staff filling key roles in the state entities and in the ACORN affiliated organizations, these groups should be subjected to close scrutiny, as the previous corrupt practices will almost certainly continue.
NOTE: The same difficulties Judicial Watch is having regarding battling what appears to be open violation of federal law by the Obama administration is what all others who are also attempting to make the Obama regime accountable – all similar roads must first pass through the Department of Justice – Eric Holder has and remains, Barack Obama’s firewall against any and all such investigation. Let us hope 2012 soon finds that firewall to be seriously compromised as AG Holder is almost certain to face the wrath of a culmination of Congressional investigation…
Read the full Judicial Watch Report HERE.