What is ACORN’s Trade Secret of Corruption?

Posted by Bridgette

“GOP Lawmakers Hit ACORN With New Report Alleging Misconduct. The Republicans’ latest report contains documents that they say confirms previous findings that ACORN is responsible for thousands of fraudulent voter registrations across the country and has used taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda.”  FOXNews.com

A second report issued by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his fellow Republicans on the US House Oversight Committee further accuses ACORN, a non-profit organization, and its partner SEIU of multiple crimes. Among them are voter-registration fraud, using taxpayers’ money for political purposes, and violating election laws by having an unlawful partnership between a major labor union and ACORN and its many affiliates. The report says ACORN operates as a “Criminal Conspiracy” in conjunction with SEIU. Not only do they share the same the same office space in many cases, they also co-mingle monies that transfer from one arm to another. According to an audit, one organization, American Institute for Social Justice transfers federal funds to ACORN’s national organization for political purposes. The report also states that the Department of Justice (Eric Holder, Attorney General) and the FBI should be investigated for not delving into this issue of corruption and criminal activity. This is a 68 page report and the following are some of the salient points.

“Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies”

Staff Report
US House of Representatives
111th Congress
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Released February 18, 2010

I. Executive Summary
Since the first ACORN Report issued on July 23, 2009, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee staff has reviewed over 50,000 pages of documents: from ACORN offices in California and Oklahoma, from ACORN insiders in Missouri, Colorado, New York and Louisiana, and from Secretary of State investigations in nearly every state in the continental United States.

Ranking Member Darrell Issa’s leadership of the Committee’s ACORN investigation has been enhanced by the efforts of several Members of the Committee:

1. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) requested ACORN election documents from the Secretary of State in Ohio. 2. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was the first to dispute the Census Bureau’s relationship with ACORN
3. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) used the example of ACORN’s corruption to propose legislation requiring the Census Bureau to partner with the U.S. Post Office.
4. Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) called on Chairman Towns to conduct an investigation of ACORN and its affiliate corporations.
5. Additionally, Committee staff has worked with investigators from several federal Inspector General Offices, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of Legislative Affairs at the United States Department of Justice, the Louisiana Department of Justice and several local and state-level prosecutor’s offices. 6. Attorneys from the Kings County District Attorneys office, which is currently investigating ACORN in New York, told the Committee staff that the first ACORN Report had been “invaluable” to their investigation. David Caldwell, the Assistant Attorney General of Louisiana, stated that his office was able to develop probable cause in its investigation in large part due to the findings of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority Staff.

Since the publication of the first ACORN Report, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Darrell Issa’s Motion to Recommit (MTR) to end the federal funding of ACORN, now known as the Defund ACORN Act. Thereafter, Congress passed and the President signed Section 163 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2010, Division B of Public Law No. 111-68, which cut federal funds to ACORN.

After the Continuing Resolution (CR), Congress passed and the President signed the following laws ending ACORN funding: FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriation Act, Pub. Law 111-117, §§ 418, 534, & 511; Section 427 of the Department of the Interior, Environmental and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010, Pub. Law 111-88; and Section 8013 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010, Pub. Law 111-118.

Since release of the first report, Committee staff met with insiders from both ACORN and the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) in addition to obtaining and reviewing documents from virtually every state, including California, Missouri and Oklahoma.

THE REPORT MAKES FOUR CRUCIAL FINDING:

First, ACORN and SEIU’s illegal agreements and the crimes committed in furtherance of these agreements, constitutes a criminal conspiracy.

ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, Exec. Dir. Steven Kest, and Political Operations Dir. Zach Polett have actual or apparent authority for ACORN’s illegal acts. The Committee’s investigation has confirmed previous findings as well as identified a method behind ACORN’s criminal activities.

Second, there is a pattern, signature or “trade secret” of corruption common to all ACORN affiliates called “Muscle for the Money.”

Muscle for the Money involves using non-profit corporations for electioneering activities and an SEIU strategy to threaten corporations and banks into brokering deals for ACORN’s financial benefit SEIU and Project Vote used litigation to force demands from government officials. ACORN, through Project Vote, threatened State Secretary of State offices with lawsuits, thus forcing political compromises at the expense of taxpayers.

SEIU and ACORN are substantially intertwined.

SEIU aided and encouraged ACORN to put pressure on banks to use its federally-funded affiliates to target political candidates, and to threaten public officials with litigation. ACORN took the lead in these activites and SEIU was the willing accomplice. The nexus between SEIU and ACORN constitued an agreement between both organizations to engage in fraudulent activities which ACORN perpetuated through the use of its affiliates.

The Committee investigation found ACORN prepared for these fraudulent activies by issuing membership letters documenting which banks caved-in to ACORN’s pressure; through political plans targeting congressional districts to get sympathetic candidates elected, and via emails and legal complaints reflecting ACORN’s ability to coerce and compel public officials to meet certain demands. These findings reflect a pattern, signature or trade secret COMMON to all ACORN affiliates. This signature crime is known as Muscle for the Money.

ACORN has received $5,609,338. from SEIU. Anthony Hill, a State Senator from Florida, was simultaneously employed by SEIU and ACORN. Newly reviewed documents show Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO), former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), have received the support of SEIU’s ACORN affiliates. Insiders claim that despite SEIU Treasurer Anna Burger’s statement to the contrary, SEIU has never cut ties to ACORN.

Third, ACORN, as a corporation, is responsible for thousands of fraudulent voter registration cards and the sheer amount of fraudulent cards obstructed election administration efforts in many states.

Fraudulent voter registrations are not isolated incidents; they reflect ACORN’s criminal motive to compromise the system of free and fair elections promised in the Constitution of the United States.

Fourth, ACORN contributed to the risky lending that led to the financial collapse.

ACORN drafted language to loosen underwriting standards and decrease down payments in the housing industry, pavying the way for the high rate of subprime loans millions of Americans eventually defaulted on.

ACORN used provisions in the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 that allowed community groups to challenge bank mergers and acquisitions if a bank did not adequately invest in its own community. These challenges, which featured ACORN’s standard intimidation tactics, successfully forced banks to make lending agreements with ACORN Housing. If banks refused ACORN’s demands, they jeopardized approval of mergers in a timely manner. ACORN Housing moved to become a conventional service provider for the loans. ACORN reaped profits from over a billion dollars in loans to low- income neighborhoods. Because of the policies and financial instruments developed, in part through ACORN’s lobbying activities, borrowers eventually defaulted on the loans. The end result was the bursting of the housing bubble.

ACORN Housing received a total of $39,925,620.13 from Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., CitiBank, HSBC, CapitalOne, and SunTrust. These lenders and banks also provided ACORN with grants, address and bank account information of at-risk homeowners so ACORN could provide free counseling services. Instead, ACORN used the address and bank account information to target struggling Americans who would be signed up as dues-paying members of ACORN. ACORN’s membership recruiting brought in $48 million a year for ACORN—a boon for their Muscle for Money program.

II. Findings

There is no distinction between ACORN and any of its affiliates. Affiliates share staff, funds, office space, responsibilities, and common controls–there is no real separation between the parts, making it impossible to consider them as truly separate organizations. All of ACORN’s non-profit affiliates give substantial amounts of money to Citizens’ Consulting, Inc., an arm of ACORN that commingles funds from ACORN’s nonprofit organizations and transfers this money to organizations to use for political purposes. ACORN receives large amounts of money from its nonprofit affiliates without making substantial returns to the affiliates. An examination of the accounting documents shows the American Institute for Social Justice (AISJ) transfers a particularly large amount of its funds, which come in part from the federal government and other ACORN affiliates receiving federal money, to ACORN’s national organization, presumably for political purposes.

There is a pattern, method or “trade secret” of corruption common to all ACORN affiliates called “Muscle for the Money.” One method is the use of litigation and commingled funds to engage in prohibited electioneering activities. The other method is an SEIU-funded enterprise involving threats and litigation aimed to secure ACORN’s corporate financing. ACORN filed corporate income tax with the Internal Revenue Service and failed to file a Form 990, a requirement for non-profit status in several states where ACORN does business. In some states, ACORN fraudulently informed state Secretary of States that it was tax-exempt in order to avoid state corporate taxes.

SEIU and ACORN are not only financially but also politically codependent. ACORN directly runs two of the most prominent SEIU locals. ACORN has received several million dollars from SEIU. SEIU shares offices with ACORN in nine cities across the United States, utilizing SEIU staff and resources to advance both organizing and political goals.

SEIU/ACORN has leveraged its size, influence, and wealth to advance its policies and agendas through a complicated web of political connections, backroom negotiations, public relations, intimidation and litigation. SEIU/ACORN has spent millions of dollars and man hours supporting union friendly federal and state candidates and legislation. These connections are then used to entice employers into neutrality agreements with offers of government subsidies and union concessions.

ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC) used agreements with banks to provide a variety of benefits for their organization, creating policies that were not necessarily beneficial to and sometimes exploited, the low-income citizens they claim to help.

The AHC used the Community Reinvestment Act to force banks into lowering loan underwriting agreements that funneled profits to ACORN.
III. Timeline of the House Oversight Committee ACORN Investigation

On December 1, 2009, Ranking Members Issa and Smith co-chaired a forum on ACORN which included the following witnesses: Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell of Louisiana, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, former ACORN employee Anita MonCrief, and former Department of Justice and FEC official Hans A. von Spakovsky. The following findings were made at the December 1 hearing:

There needs to be oversight over the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to address and put an end to ACORN’s illegal activities.
• Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita informed the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Northern District of Indiana as well as the FEC about violations of federal law in Indiana, neither office took any action against ACORN.
• There are 691 bank accounts of ACORN and ACORN affiliates at Whitney Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana. • ACORN owns stock at Whitney Bank.
• In 2006, Whitney Bank inexplicably wired several million dollars to an ACORN Bank of America account in San Francisco.
• The City of New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, gave ACORN 121 pieces of property which ACORN was to give to low-income families but, instead, ACORN rented out these properties for a profit.
• ACORN Housing owns millions of dollars worth of property.
• ACORN uses its membership drives to raise revenue and build political power.

VII. Conclusion

Information about ACORN’s funding sources and secretive financial infrastructure provides critical insight into the organization’s true purpose: political activity and increasing the power of ACORN’s top officials. Committee investigators have identified hundreds of ACORN bank accounts, shell organizations incorporated under different sections of the internal revenue code, and even an ACORN controlled accounting firm (Citizens Consulting Inc.) that helps ACORN obscure the true use of charitable donations and taxpayer funds.

Documents and testimony from ACORN whistleblowers reveal that ACORN activities – despite contentions that they are intended to help the poor – fulfill a more self-serving and political purpose for ACORN.

Until recently, ACORN has largely been able to hide the extent of its most serious legal problems from scrutiny by media and public prosecutors. Nevertheless, ACORN is well aware of these problems as ACORN’s own attorneys have acknowledged and outlined the potential for criminal and civil violations in private documents for senior ACORN officials.

In the past, the reluctance of prosecutors and other public officials to challenge ACORN’s illegal activities may have stemmed from concern about the perception of bringing legal action against an organization that purports to serve the poor.

More disturbingly, it could also be the fear of challenging an organization that has waged savage public campaigns and delivered subtle private threats to large banking institutions for its own financial gain, defeated former political allies who lost the senior leadership’s favor, and formed powerful alliances with the SEIU, state officials like former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and the Barack Obama White House.

Now, however, as official investigations of ACORN have begun to begun to expose wrongdoing, more ACORN whistleblowers are coming forward with documented accounts of ACORN’s criminal conduct and partisan political aims. A much clearer picture of ACORN has emerged that is changing public perception of the organization. ACORN is a not a bumbling and disorganized non-profit whose employees made mistakes during voter registration drives, but rather a complicated and sophisticated conglomerate of for-profit and non-profit entities with ties to and allegiance from key public figures. Its senior leadership uses low level employees and the poor it purports to serve to fill the organization’s coffers and empowers the senior leadership to sit at the same table as the political candidates it helps elect.

This should be very troubling to all Americans. Political campaigns, taxpayer funds, and charitable donations are subject to regulations designed to protect their integrity. By abusing the rules of all three in furtherance of a political agenda, ACORN exploits the poor and vulnerable who are intended to derive benefit from public and private aid by diverting these resources to corrupt the democratic electoral process. Only by investigating and exposing the extent of this wrongdoing can prosecutorial officials across the United States understand the full scope of ACORN’s crimes – not as isolated misdeeds but as part of a coordinated effort to violate Federal, State, and local statutes designed to protect Americans from machine politics and cronyism in government.

Read the full Report:
http://republicans.oversight.house.gov/images/stories/Reports/20100218followthemoneyacornseiuandtheirpoliticalallies.pdf


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47 responses to “What is ACORN’s Trade Secret of Corruption?

  1. Excuse you, ACORN/SEIU

    http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html

    Who among us has standing? Money we are mandated to provide regardless of our own circumstances or desire to contribute.

    Non Profit Reform Now.

  2. For Your Information

    http://acorn.org/index.php?id=2716&L=1%2Fpublic%2Fammi…Fgaleria2%2Fgalery.txt%3F%20%20%2F%2F%3Fpath%5Bdocroot%5D%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.whinercentral.com%2Fmodules%2FNeos_Chronos%2Fmodules%2Fadmin%2Fmawar.txt%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F

  3. When is Barry Soetero going to take over the Sports and Entertainment indusry?

    Lots of Loot there. Whats the delay?

    There’s production companies, SAG, AFTRA, 6 figure deals for showing up for a fashion show, there’s magazines, entertainment TV shows, lots and lots of real estate, bling galore, movie theatre franchises, beauty supplies, plastic surgery, intenational travel, private jets, advertisers, insurance, ticket sales, ticket wholesalers, venues, stadia, sound stages, bucks in the bank, dates on the calendar, and thousands of flapping barky lips.

    Go for it. And leave us alone. We buy your wares and attend your attractions with our hard earned taxed dollars.

    Move D.C .to Los Angeles and leave us be. Create your own new America right there on the border of Mexico and secede from our United States. Europe will love you all the better.

  4. Instead of AIDS, Dafur, Haiti, Future Leaders of Africa, the DNC, the Clinton Foundation, Act Blue, Save the Whales, One, ETC., why doesn’t Hollywood just pool all their donated money and create their own State and give all their dough to Barky.

    Then they can fix everything and make the World a perfect place. We can call it the State of yes, we can because we’e rich and sexy.

    YECBWRS of the USA. Arnold Schwarzenegger can be the person in charge of your own special and distinctive foreign accent. He can be a regular on the Meet The Press. Plus, he’s married to Maria Shriver. Wow.

  5. Sacrifice. How hard would it be for you and your family to say NO to Hollywood?

    Do not purchase their supermarket magazines… do not purchase their tickets. Do not turn on their channels. Do not buy their CDs, DVDs. Do not buy their infomercial products. Do not read their books, articles. Do not go to a movie theatre. Do not read their websites. Do not give them an iota of your time and close your wallet. Do not visit their YouTubes.

    Impossible? Go on a 120 day Hollywood diet. Wonder what the impact would be if we shut them down for a couple of months. Visit the Library if you need a fix.

    Shut Hollywood up. Keep your money. That’s all they care about besides brainwashing your children.

  6. YEAH…HOORAY for Georgia…Standing up against voter fraud!!! Now, all the other states need to do the same!

    ~~~~~~~
    Georgia Plans Federal Lawsuit Over Voter Checks

    Atlanta – Georgia plans to sute the Obama Administration after the Justice Department for the third time blocked the state’s efforts to check the citizenship of newly registered voters.

    Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp accused the feds of “playing politics” with Georgia’s election process. Kemp said Tuesday the state would ask the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to clear the state’s system of using Social Security numbers and driver’s license data to confirm whether prospective voters are U.S. citizens.

    Under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Georgia and other states with a history of discriminatory voting practices must preclear any changes to election rules with the Justice Department or through the federal courts.

    “The state of Georgia will no longer watch the Obama Justice Department play politics with our election processes and protections,” Kemp said in a statement released Tuesday.

    Kemp said the state will also ask the court to clear a separate law which passed last year in Georgia requiring newly registering voters to provide proof of citizenship.

    It has yet to take effect because it needs federal approval.

    Rest of article:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/georgia-plans-federal-lawsuit-324388.html

  7. Yay for Georgia!!

    Let the Congressional Hearings begin.

  8. Rosemary Woodhouse

    HEADS UP: ON DRUDGE
    Check out the missile defense logo

    Drudge links here:
    http://www.mda.mil/index.html

    It’s a DOD website

    • I posted this logo this morning on my way out to work on another thread.

      Makes me sick.

      At least we no longer need wonder.

      • Papoose,

        You posted your comment on the logo here –

        https://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/hypocrisy-thy-name-is-obama/

        I am re-posting your comment to this link, along with my response to your comment. (This is front page news)! Do we have an OUTRAGE link?

        Papoose // February 24, 2010 at 7:53 am | Reply

        OK, please do tell.

        What is this?

        A new logo?

        http://www.oilforimmigration.org/facts/?p=5666

        ————————————————

        Leza // February 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Reply

        Good catch Papoose!

        Obama=Hitler

        New Missile Defence Agency Logo Causes Online Commotion

        http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2458337/posts?q=1&;page=1

        *Excellant comments regarding the logo
        ————————————–

        Leza // February 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply

        Obama Admits He Is A Muslim

        • Leza, though I am not on my knees, I am trembling and fighting the urge to sob.

          I am watching The Diary of Anne Frank on TMC.

          A new perspective ringing horror.

          Miep, RIP. just a week ago.

          Thank God, we have Pamela Geller in this new day, new age. Our very own Miep.

          Its horrific. Only 65 years later…and here we are, America, the Liberators, being held hostage by the enemy within. A crescent moon and a political candidate’s personal symbol taking over Old Glory.

          It’s a crying shame.

          • Papoose,

            I so agree with you. We try’ed Papoose, we try’ed to tell the people “who” and “what” they were voting for. Unfortunately they bought his message of “Change” without knowing his true meaning behind his agenda of change.

            • Yes, Change.

              Who the hell do these thugs think they are?

              Criminals. I hope we live to see the day that what we bloggers have discovered and uncovered will be entered into the record as Exhibit One.

              How dare they CHANGE what has been established as a Government for We The People.
              Immigrants were never a problem until they coughed up their demands.

              Ingrates and Greedy Imposters fostering votes leeching and living as middle class whilst they await the US postal service.

              May we all live to see the day the prosecution enters and offers their opening statement.

              TUCC Chicago’s mission statement has been scrubbed for a reason. Lt. Quarles Harris is dead because he was a witness. Cold case? Not. RIP and thank you.

    • First the 9/11 Shanksville memorial and now this? The DoD website mentions FOIA requests:

      http://www.mda.mil/

      See at the bottom of the page. It would be interesting to see what’s behind that logo redesign. You know, the specs, who designed it, and why. What it’s supposed to represent. Can EVERYBODY involved with this be that OBTUSE?

  9. (Off subject)

    Pill,

    Your mentioning awhile back about the I-9 form, I do not know if you brought this up or not….But like you the question about Obama and the I-9 has bothered me since he took office.

    I just happened to look it up at Answers.com

    Documentation
    A variety of documents acceptable for I-9 purposes. The employee must supply either:

    One document that establishes both identity and employment eligibility (on List A on the I-9) OR
    One document that establishes identity (on List B), together with another document that establishes employment eligibility (on List C)
    All documentation must be unexpired as of April 3, 2009[2]
    Documents that may be used under “List A” of the I-9 form to establish both identity and employment eligibility include:

    U.S. Passport
    U.S. Passport Card
    An unexpired foreign passport with an I-551 stamp, or with Form I-94 attached which indicates an unexpired employment authorization
    A Permanent Resident Card (often called a “green card”) or Alien Registration Receipt Card with photograph
    An Unexpired Temporary Resident Card
    An Unexpired Employment Authorization Card
    An Unexpired Employment Authorization Document issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security that includes a photograph (Form I-766)
    Documents that may be used under “List B” of the I-9 to establish identity include:

    Driver’s license or I.D. card issued by a U.S. state or outlying possession of the U.S., provided it contains a photograph or identifying information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
    Federal or state I.D. card provided it contains a photograph or identifying information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
    School I.D. with photograph
    Voter’s registration card
    U.S. Armed Services identification card or draft record
    U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
    Native American tribal document
    Driver’s license issued by a Canadian government authority
    For individuals under the age of 18 only, the following documents may be used to establish identity:

    School record or report card
    Clinic, doctor or hospital record
    Day-care or nursery school record
    Employees who supply an item from List B must also supply an item from List C

    Documents that may be used under “List C” of the I-9 to establish employment eligibility include:

    A U.S. Social Security card issued by the Social Security Administration (Note: cards that specify “not valid for employment” are not acceptable.)
    A birth certificate issued by the U.S. State Department (Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350) Original or certified copy of a birth certificate from the U.S. or an outlying possession of the U.S., bearing an official seal
    Native American tribal document
    U.S. Citizen I.D. Card (Form I-197)
    An I.D. Card for the use of a Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)
    An unexpired employment authorization card issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security (other than those included on List A)
    U.S. citizens who have lost their social security card can apply for a duplicate at the Social Security Administration.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/i-9-form

    —————-

    ~ Native American tribal document ~

    Catch that?

    BINGO!!

    The reason he had the Crow Tribe adoption….

    The only way he could pass this clearance!!

  10. Miep, “God” love you and may you remain in the bosom of Mother Goddess, forever and ever. Bless you for your honorable courage and stamina for the good fight called Civilization in this “modern” age.

    Miep, Please stay on the peripheral and shine your loving humanity upon us forever and ever… until Niagra Falls.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miep_Gies

    Valerie Jarrett, take note, Fraud.

  11. Great post.

    Just to add a little satrical touch from Freaking News.

    Here is proof that Obama is with Acorn.

    The Acorn Scout http://www.freakingnews.com/Acorn-Scout-Pictures-56630.asp

  12. According to C.I.A. report, we’re broke.
    CIA Factbook ^ | February 24, 2010 | Central Intelligence Agency

    Country Comparison :: Current account balance This entry records a country’s net trade in goods and services, plus net earnings from rents, interest, profits, and dividends, and net transfer payments (such as pension funds and worker remittances) to and from the rest of the world during the period specified. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2458763/posts

    Out of 190 Countrys listed United States is the 190th .

    190 United States $ -380,100,000,000 2009 est.

  13. Off topic but I found this sad, and the Daniel Duke with false ID interesting. This is a horrible story.

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/22659901/detail.html

  14. SEIU Boss Open to Serving on Obama Deficit Reduction Commission, Supports More Deficit Spending
    By Christopher Neefus
    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, speaks with the Associated Press during an interview in his Washington office, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. (AP photo)
    (CNSNews.com) – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern said he was open to serving on President Barack Obama’s proposed deficit reduction commission, after it was reported that the White House was considering him for the post. He was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday advocating for additional deficit spending to stimulate job creation.

    “I’d be honored, if I was asked,” Stern told CNSNews.com, “but I don’t know anything more than you’ve been able to read.”

    Stern, who runs one of the largest unions in the nation, has come under scrutiny for being a close ally of the Obama White House.

    When the White House released its visitor logs last October, Stern was found to be the most frequent guest, stopping by 22 times—more than advisor John Podesta or former Majority Leader Tom Daschle—to visit Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, budget chief Pete Orszag, and seven times, President Obama.

    read the rest of the article:
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/61888

  15. I’m open to serving, too. I’d LOVE to be on that commission.

  16. On the logo
    Go here
    http://errortheory.blogspot.com

    This kind of stuff, this geometry,
    this political-sciennce stuff, is what Alec Rawls nails exactly.
    Nobody does it better

  17. dont i say dont put errortheory in moderation

    please

  18. NY prosecutor clears U.S. liberal group ACORN workers

    NEW YORK

    Mon Mar 1, 2010 7:29pm ESTNEW YORK (Reuters) – Employees at the U.S. liberal grass-roots group ACORN who were caught on video giving tax advice to a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, New York prosecutors said on Monday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62102Q20100302

    • Yes, and Charles Hynes, the investigator, received the endorsement of the Working Families Party, which just happened to be organized by and in coalition with, wait for it . . . ACORN!!!! Isn’t that special?

      So a supposedly unbiased investigator, who perhaps owes his job to votes and donations (?) from WFP, “investigates” and then clears ACORN.

      I heard Andrew Breitbart on Dana Loesch’s radio show this morning. He said the people leading the investigation and the Grand Jury were more interested in finding out who, if anybody, funds Breitbart and James and Hannah. They turned what was supposed to be an investigation of ACORN into a open-ended political investigation of the whistleblowers.

      But Breitbart is standing his ground. There are more tapes and he promised that if Holder doesn’t do something about this corruption throughout the government, those tapes will come out at the most inopportune of moments–for the Administration, that is.

  19. Didn’t We the People investigate Working Families Party before? Sounds mighty familiar.

  20. An April Fools Joke!

    Behavior Was `Highly Inappropriate’ But Not Criminal In California!
    April 01, 2010

    Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown [Democrat supporting ACORN] said in a report Thursday that the community organizing group ACORN engaged in “highly inappropriate behavior” in the state but violated no criminal law.

    Brown’s office launched an investigation of ACORN’s California operations at the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last September after the release of videos that appeared to show ACORN employees advising people about how to engage in prostitution and other other illegal activity. ACORN … disbanded Thursday after months of controversy over the videos and various government investigations.

    “ACORN in California was disorganized and very poorly managed,” Brown’s report said. “It failed to recruit, train and monitor its employees to ensure compliance with California law.”

    The report said ACORN probably violated state civil laws by disposing thousands of pages containing confidential information about employees, members and other individuals, failing to file a 2007 state tax return and engaging in four instances of possible voter registration fraud in San Diego.

    ACORN also was unable to document how it used charitable funds raised for the victims of Southern California wildfires, the report said. But the probe “determined that ACORN spent more than it likely raised for the fire victims and therefore further action into this issue is not a wise use of the state’s resources,” the report said.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/04/attorney-general-jerry-brown-acorns-behavior-was-highly-inappropriate-but-not-criminal-in-california.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29

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