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Klein: Obama website lies about ACORN ties. Campaign tries to distance senator from group convicted of voter fraud


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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday October 13, 2008, 10:09 am

It isn't voter fraud until someone shows up at the polls and tries to vote under the name of the 'fake' person on the fraudulent registration form. Acorn is under investigation, not convicted of anything, but falsely accused of a lot.

GOP Attacks on ACORN Are Based on Their Fear of 1.3 Million New Voters

ACORN's members are largely people of color. It is a network of community groups that work on many issues, such as housing and helping people get home loans from local banks. McCain's attack seeks to confuse some bad home loans by community banks with the global practices of investment banks that bought, bundled and sold mortgage-based securities. It is apples and oranges. ACORN, in fact, warned clients not to borrow from "predatory lenders," a term it coined. Poor people, and people of color, did not cause 2008's credit crisis and stock market meltdown.

But blaming the poor for others' misdeeds in nothing new, just as stoking stereotypes based on the fear of minorities gaining power is also an old and ugly American tradition. That is the other part of McCain's attack on ACORN, which ran the most successful voter registration drive outside of the political parties in 2008.

ACORN registered more than 1.3 million people in 2008 including 148,000 voters in Pennsylvania, 152,000 voters in Florida, 217,000 voters in Michigan, and 238,000 voters in Ohio. To achieve this, it hired 13,000 people. Some of those hires tried to defraud ACORN by turning in voter registrations with fake names, which ACORN found, tagged and turned over to local police and urged them to prosecute. Most states require all voter applications, even ones with obvious mistakes, to be turned it. It is that record, compiled and released by ACORN, which the GOP is using to accuse ACORN of "massive voter fraud."

At most, the number of questionable voter registrations flagged and submitted by ACORN across the country was under 10,000, according to knowledgeable estimates. None of these registrations will lead to anybody voting, however, as they would be rejected by election officials who process registrations. No "massive voter fraud" has been perpetuated. If anything, the screening process, both by ACORN and election officials, works.

Moreover, compare ACORN's error rate to the number of petition signatures that get gathered and rejected in ballot initiative drives by other groups that hire campaign workers. States and counties routinely reject tens of thousands of signatures when qualifying ballot measures and no one screams "massive voter fraud."

The McCain ad is an attack on the under-represented people in America who ACORN has succeeded in bringing into the political system - young people, minorities, low-income people. McCain is blaming them and their community organizations for Wall Street's excesses, just as he is attacking their legitimacy as voters. In 2008, this is political racism.

Why the GOP Is Nuts About ACORN--- Attacks on ACORN appear to be part of a broader GOP strategy to shrink the number of Dem voters and sow doubts if the election turns out to be close. (Remember how McC stressed the importance of knowing the difference between a tactic and a strategy ?)


Blue Bunting (855)
Monday October 13, 2008, 1:13 pm
Guilt By Association

I wanna play :1. Joe Vogler 2.Pastor Muthee 3.Ted Stevens 4.G. Gordon Liddy 5.Pastor Rod Parsley 6.John Hagee 7.U.S. Council for World Freedom 8.Shelley Shannon 9. Charles Black 10. Charles keating 11. Phil Graham(sp) 12.Rick Davis .... must I go on? That was toooo easy ! let's play another game: Count the number of voters who will be disenfranchised by GOP dirty tricks!!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 8:37 am
MARK KARLIN ON BUZZFLASH Republican Leaders Who Participate in Attacks on ACORN Could be Prosecuted as Part of a Criminal Conspiracy
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