Obama and ACORN: Another Obama Lie

Posted on October 13, 2008. Filed under: B. Hussein Obama's real record as a "reformer", Elsewhere in liberal politics., Examination of Obama's past and present associations with questionable characters |

Across the country, there is a concerted effort to steal the election through voter fraud. Almost daily, there are more reports about fraudulent voter registration efforts through the group, Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN.) ACORN boasts from their website that they have registered over 1.3 million new voters for the November election, mainly from low-income, minority communities which almost exclusively vote Democrat. Over the previous weeks, there have been frequent news reports of ACORN submitting multiple registrations in different voting precincts for individuals. In fact, many voters registered by ACORN are quoted as saying that ACORN’s members pressured them to sign multiple registration cards and some have even admitted to being paid with money and cigarettes to register multiple times. In several states, it has also been discovered that ACORN worked to add many felons to the voter rolls in states where felons are not allowed to vote. Obama’s claims of never being associated with ACORN are just plain false. He partnered with ACORN with his Project Vote during his early years in Chicago and he also served as ACORN’s attorney for several matters. In fact, the FEC discovered that Obama’s campaign attempted to hide an $800,000 payment for voter registration services to an ACORN front group. As more reports continue to surface of blatant voter fraud committed in crucial swing states, it is becoming more and more obvious that Obama supporters will use any means to put Obama in the White House. ACORN has a long history of committing voter fraud and they even have plenty of dirt on their hands from the subprime mortgage meltdown through their efforts to intimidate banks into lowering their lending standards to increase the amount of subprime loans made to people who obviously could not afford them.

An editorial from Investors Business Daily’s website, IBDeditorials.com from October 8, gives a good overview of the current investigations into ACORN and even touches on the group’s history of running afoul of the law with their voter registration drives. The FBI has raided ACORN offices in Nevada and North Carolina, which are two states that the current polls show McCain and Obama are neck-and-neck. The raids in Nevada and North Carolina followed discoveries of fraudulent voters registered by ACORN in both states. The worst part is that these are not the only two states where serious problems have been discovered concerning ACORN. Investigations are also underway in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. ACORN officials have also recently been indicted in Wisconsin and Colorado. Questions arose in Nevada when ACORN submitted voter registration cards made out with the names of the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys. Similar problems have been discovered in Missouri where one registrant’s name was submitted eight different times and all of the submissions carried the same signature. In Kansas City alone, 15,000 registrants have been questioned. St. Louis has sent out 5,000 letters requesting clarification for the voter registration cards submitted by ACORN. In many states, ACORN has also registered convicted felons and even inmates who are ineligible to vote. On ACORN’s website, they boast to have registered 1.3 million new voters nationwide which should sound alarms to every American about the validity of the new voters registered by the group.

Obama’s website denies that Obama ever had any relationship with ACORN. However, audio has surfaced of Obama addressing ACORN in 2007 when he told them, “[W]e’re going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda … so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.” Sounds pretty clear that Obama understood who ACORN was and the agenda they promote. Contrary to the Obama campaign website, Obama has a long affiliation with the liberal activist group that goes all the way back to his first days in Chicago. In 1992, Obama partnered his Project Vote efforts with ACORN and focused on registering low-income and minority voters. Not only did Obama help with Project Vote, he also directed grant money to the group while he sat on the board of the board of the Chicago-based Woods Fund. (One of the boards he shared with unrepentant domestic terrorist, William Ayers.) He also served as attorney for ACORN while practicing law in Chicago.

Obama’s work as an attorney was to assist ACORN in their primary method of raising money which is to intimidate companies with lawsuits and charges of racism. The corporate intimidation policy pursued by ACORN which has probably affected the most Americans was their efforts to coerce lenders to lower lending standards in an effort to exploit the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. An article by Stanley Kurtz in the New York Post on September 29, 2008 discusses how Obama associate, Madeline Talbott, worked to intimidate banks into giving loans which are now responsible for the current economic meltdown. Talbott was a director of Chicago ACORN and she has long expressed her affinity for Obama. After ACORN teamed up with Obama’s Project Vote in 1992, Talbott was so impressed with Obama that she hired him during the early 1990’s to train her personal staff and also conducted leadership-training seminars for ACORN’s new aspiring leaders. ACORN also turned to Obama to represent them in lawsuits that the group had initiated. One case in 1992 was the Illinois “motor voter” case which had the purpose of facilitating voter registration at all government assistance offices and any offices that provided state-funded assistance programs. There is no argument that the law would disproportionately assist in registering Democratic voters. In 1994, Obama was also one of the attorneys to represent ACORN in a class-action suit against Citibank with the purpose of forcing the bank to lower lending standards and make more subprime loans to low-income minorities. The lawsuit was only a part of Talbott’s assault on the lending industry which ultimately resulted in the $700 billion bill that the taxpayers are now forced to pay for.

ACORN began their assault on the lending industry by using the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA.) According to the Federal Reserve’s website, “The Community Reinvestment Act is intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations.” As Kurtz says in his New York Post article, “The seeds of today’s financial meltdown lie in the CRA…made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings.” ACORN recognized that any bank looking to merge or expand must complete and pass a CRA review and the approval process can be greatly delayed by complaints filed by groups like ACORN. Talbott did not only use lawsuits and claims of CRA violations to intimidate banks into making subprime loans, she also coordinated stunts like sit-ins in bank lobbies, harassing bank executives at their offices and homes, and making public accusations that uncooperative banks were guilty of racist lending practices. Kurtz discusses how Talbott’s efforts culminated in the, “…first-ever state hearing to consider blocking a thrift merger for lack of compliance with CRA.” The target was Bell Federal Savings and Loan and they protested Talbott’s actions claiming that they were being required to implement an “affirmative action lending policy.” Kurtz goes on to say that Talbott was in dozens of articles in the following years about pressuring banks to making more subprime loans. ACORN continued in the early 1990’s to pressure banks into lowering lending requirements for low-income minorities. To meet ACORN and other activists groups’ demands, banks ended up lowering down payment requirements and lowering credit history requirements to receive loans. This environment was only exacerbated by the Clinton administration’s pressure to increase homeownership rates among low-income minorities. Through ACORN’s efforts, banks had been pressured to extend hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to people the banks, otherwise, would have never approved to borrow the money. The negative results of ACORNS agenda are now making themselves clear to the American taxpayers. Who is Obama blaming for the crisis? It’s certainly not ACORN. In fact, Obama is out blaming corporate greed for the subprime meltdown. Obama completely dismisses the actions of ACORN to pressure lending institutions to make loans to people who did not meet lending requirements and he completely forgets that he was one of the attorneys in 1994 suing Citibank because they would not lower their lending standards enough to please ACORN. Talbott stated that she was dragging banks “kicking and screaming” into the subprime market and the Chicago Sun-Times ran an article in September 1993 which presented Talbott as triumphant in regards to forcing banks into these loans.

Kurtz describes a national $55 million pilot program that was started in 1993 where banks were urged to participate with ACORN to make mortgages for low and moderate-income people with bad credit histories. This is the pilot program that introduced Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the subprime mortgage industry and everyone now knows how awful the consequences of the relationship were. Talbot was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times stating, “If this pilot program works, it will send a message to the lending community that it’s OK to make these kinds of loans.” This shows how ACORN, with the help from Obama, actually worked to create the economic problems America is currently working to solve. Obama had worked to train Talbott’s staff through leadership seminars and even assisted through his legal services. However, no one, especially Obama, wants to admit how the nation wound up in this situation. It was not the complete fault of corporate greed. Rather it was the result of years of coercion to force banks to lend to people who had no business receiving a loan.

ACORN has several different organizations under their name. The voting registration efforts come from a different arm of the organization than the arm of their organization involved in housing policies. The Democrats in Congress attempted to direct money to ACORN’s housing arm in the economic bailout package. Republicans fought this effort and had them removed from the bill. Even though the voter registration actions are separate from the housing policies, it is not hard to see how funding one section of the organization makes it easier for the other section to operate. ACORN has proven to be a detriment to the American people and now they are attempting to steal the election for Barack Obama. Despite Obama’s claims to have never had any affiliations with the group, the evidence shows that once again, Obama is covering the truth about the association. The Obama-friendly press does not mention the FEC findings that the Obama campaign attempted to hide $800,000 in payments to ACORN for voter registration services. The payments were labeled as being for “advance work” made to Citizen’s Services, Inc. Obama needs to be questioned by voters for his past involvement with ACORN and the assistance he provided in forcing banks to enter into the subprime loans that have now wrecked the economy. Now, as the ACORN voter registration offices are being raided in almost every swing state, Obama needs to answer for the $800,000 he paid to the organization that is out committing rampant voter fraud for Obama’s benefit. The worst case scenario for Obama is that he knew about the illegal voter registration practices of the group and those practices are why he paid nearly a million dollars to ACORN to help them register sympathetic voters for him. The best case scenario shows that Obama is guilty, yet again, of having very poor judgment when it comes to those he trusts for help. Either way, ACORN, with Obama’s help, has done enough to hurt Americans. It is now time for the American voters to show Obama and the Democrats that they will not allow this trend to continue.

 

 Update: This article appeared in the New York Post showing that fraudulent voters who signed up multiple times through ACORN actually did so with the purpose of voting multiple times. How many of these voters were not caught by the election authorities?
 

 

 

 

 

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