Part I: New Mexico “Progressive” Voter Registration Groups in Trouble: ACORN Again…Surprised?? (UPDATE 2X–Video on ABQ ACORN)

ACORN is now conducting background checks on new hires here in NM since nine of their voting registgration team were found to have criminal records.  A television station unearthed the information, which has been reported by the AP. According to the story,

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, began the background checks this week after a report by an Albuquerque television station revealed that nine people hired to collect personal information from would-be voters had criminal records ranging from forgery to identity theft.

No one knows how many voter registrations the nine handled; ACORN claims to have registered 60,000 voters in the state.  The head of the state Republican Party says ACORN should have been doing background checks all along.

ACORN has a history of suspicious voter registration activity/fraud and in-your-face actions. The group is also embroiled in a corruption/cover up scandal involving embezzlement of funds from ACORN by the brother of the founder.

Barack Obama’s ties to the organization have been documented, mostly by many right-leaning researchers.  Not surprising, given the way things have been going with the media this election season. Suffice to say that Obama has strong ties to ACORN.  He worked as an ACORN “community organizer” and legal representative. In the early 1990’s, he trained ACORN members in Chicago in leadership seminars.

A good overview of many of the reports on ACORN is available at DiscovertheNetworks.org. A couple of the more detailed pieces are by Stanley Kurtz (“Inside Obama’s Acorn”) and Elias Crim and Matthew Vadum (“Barack Obama: A Radical Leftist’s Journey from Community Organizing to Politics”).  These articles, plus many more, are linked from the DiscovertheNetworks site. Richard Poe of DiscovertheNetworks.org has also written a short history, “ACORN: History, Activities, Agendas.”

UPDATE

No Quarter has also done a recent piece entitled “Obama’s Acorn.”

UPDATE 2

Here’s video report from an Albuquerque TV station which details the ACORN staff who registerd voters…inlcuding those who had been in trouble because of identiy theft!

TOMORROW:

Another NM  “progressive” youth group in trouble…but will Bill Richardson bail them out?

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7 Responses

  1. The awfulness of the ACORN stuff isn’t just the current corruption, bad enough as that is, but the danger to those in ACORN , in earnest, who were told to break the law for “the higher good” .
    At any time, they can now be prosecuted for these actions, attaching a criminal record to themselves.

    In short, ACORN has the potential of wiping out a generation of young leaders.

    So we have criminals working already and the creation of criminal records going on . I think that was part of the plan…it certainly is an added bonus to anyone who wants to control the masses .

  2. Actually New Mexico families and taxpayers have ACORN to thank for a more real minimum wage, homes protected from foreclosures, and lots of other benefits. While ACORN themselves have fired and turned in people that they hired who they caught falsifying voter registration forms, there have been no cases of actual voter fraud — no one has actually cast votes as a result. The fact that the Republicans have been attacking this group so hard is a shame, it just shows they don’t have any interest in getting people registered to vote and having a voice in elections.

  3. Now I know the source of accusations from The Republican Party’s talking points about voter fraud. I never knew any of this and now we know why they have been able to make the voter ID laws that is responsible for the disenfranchised. They (ACORN)apparently have only themselves to blame for the horrible new laws affecting voters all over the country. Here in South Florida, The League of Women Voters have given up their voter registration drives because of this stuff.

  4. I have to echo what meadow wrote about past activities of ACORN in New Mexico, at least from what I know. The unfortunate truth is that there are always a few dishonest people in almost any group. The question is how do you deal with it? Also, any national organization, such as ACORN or NARAL or NAACP, will have different levels of activities. The local group may have almost no connection with the national organization as far as day-to-day activities go. So, do bad decisions at the national level have to destroy good work at the local level? Does a poorly run local group have to tarnish the reputation of a national organization? Not easy to answer. As far as Obama and ACORN go, I suspect that he used them–much as he uses anyone he thinks will help him on his way. Also, local illegalities must be condemned (and stopped) by the national group.

  5. […] Part I: New Mexico “Progressive” Voter Registration Groups in Trouble: ACORN Again…Surprised?? (by GRL at InsightAnalytical) ACORN is now conducting background checks on new hires here in NM since nine of their voting registgration team were found to have criminal records.  A television station unearthed the information, which has been reported by the AP… ACORN has a history of suspicious voter registration activity/fraud and in-your-face actions. The group is also embroiled in a corruption/cover up scandal involving embezzlement of funds from ACORN by the brother of the founder. Barack Obama has long been associated with ACORN. […]

  6. Accusations of improper voter registration by the Obama campaign itself, not to mention the improprieties during the caucuses are plentiful.

    The fact that he was trained in these tactics is not surprising… the fact that the MSM ignores them is.

  7. […] of the reports of ACORN voter registration irregularities in New Mexico brought to light by GRL at Insight Analytical comes a new report about irregularities in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes (aka […]

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