This morning John Fund gave a most interesting speech at the Defending the American Dream summit. He talked about vote fraud and ACORN, which are the subject of his article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Acorn volunteer Frank Beaty immediately claimed the raid, which removed computers and files from the group’s offices, was a conspiracy designed to prevent the registration of new voters. Acorn’s national chief Bertha Lewis called the raid “a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than [to] discredit our work registering Nevadans and distracting us from the important work ahead of getting every eligible vote to the polls.”
Reverting to the rhetoric of the 1960s voting rights struggle in the South may be politically useful, but it bears precious little resemblance to the reality of Acorn today. The group has constantly faced charges it mistreats its employees and even broke up their internal efforts to unionize their workplace.
Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax told the Sun that Acorn has been registering voters in Las Vegas since January and “we started having problems with them almost immediately.” His staff met with Acorn and was offered promises that fraudulent registrations would no longer be turned in. “But those controls weren’t sufficient,” Mr. Lomax said.
Indeed, the more his office and that of Nevada’s Secretary of State looked into Acorn’s effort, the more worried they became. Jason Anderson rose to the rank of supervisor in Acorn even though he was a convicted felon. Other employees had served time for identity theft. Another former inmate who worked for Acorn told authorities his co-workers were “lazy crack heads.”
Acorn’s activities are under investigation or suspicion in a dozen states, with one of its workers indicted just last week in Wisconsin. Perhaps the Nevada raid will spur authorities elsewhere to dig down and conclude their investigations by Election Day — before Acorn can do even more damage to the integrity of the vote
This is happening right in front of our eyes in every state.
Here’s a brief roundup:
ACORN fraud in Pennsylvania
“Between March 23rd and October 1st, various groups, including ACORN, submitted over 252,595 registrations to the Philadelphia County Election Board” with 57, 435 rejected for faulty information. “Most of these registrations were submitted by ACORN, and rejected due to fake social security numbers, incorrect dates of birth, clearly fraudulent signatures, addresses that do not exist, and duplicate registrations. In one case, a man was registered to vote more than 15 times since the Primary election.
Jeffrey Lord’s article, Stealing Pennsylvania: “Massive Fraud” has a county-by-county list (h/t Maggie).
Tampa FL: Local Voter Fraud Claims Rise
New York Times: On Obama, Acorn and Voter Registration
The rest of the lamestream media (John’s words)? Fretting that Sarah Palin fired a political appointee.
The McCain campaign’s latest ad points out that the Obama campaign paid ACROM $800,000 for a get-out-the-vote effort.
Via Beltway Blips,
The smarmy ACORN guy overwhelmed the interview – the moderator should have controlled him better.