President Obama has taken great pains to act as if he is barely aware of Acorns' existence. In fact, his association with them goes back twenty years.
In 1991, he took time off from his law firm
to run a voter registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that later came under the Acorn umbrella. He became a top trainer at Acorns' Chicago conferences.
In 1995, he became Acorns' attorney,participating in a landmark case to force the State of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That laws' loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by Acorn employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names.
In 1996, Obama filled out a questionaire listing key supporters for his campaign for the Illinois Senate.
He listed Acorn first.
It was not an alphabetical list.
In 2007, he gave a speech to Acorns' leaders, prior to their endorsement of his presidential campaign. Obama stated: "I've been fighting alongside issues you care about my ENTIRE career."
The Obama campaign also gave Citizens Consulting Inc., the accounting arm of Acorn, $832,000 for Get-Out-The-Vote activities in key primary states. In filings with the F.E.C., his campaign listed the payments as "staging, sound, and lighting." After the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reveiw revealed the true nature of the contributions, the Obama campaign "corrected" their filings.
Given the facts of Obamas' long-standing, intimate relationship wth Acorn, his professions of ignorance, and more than that, non-interest, are preposterous.
And if, in some Twightlight Zone version of reality, actually true, what does that say of the competence of this President to lead our nation through these perilous reefs, when he does not recognise that it is his closest allies that are the Sirens calling our ships to founder on the fatal rocks.
Acorn in 2006, estimated the monetary value of its' successful activism over the previous decade at $15 billion.
Not worthy of your notice? Indeed, Mr. Obama.
Sorry, not great at this yet, don't even know what a thread is, or how it happened to get posted twice. Mea Culpa!
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