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ACORN drops tarnished name and moves to silence critics. NEW NAME = COI
Washington Examiner ^ | 9/15/09 | Kevin Mooney

Posted on 09/14/2009 10:17:16 PM PDT by American Dream 246

Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) leaders are using the threat of a law suit to silence and intimidate critics, according to current and former members of the liberal activist group.

In a letter dated June 11 an attorney for ACORN advised top whistleblowers that their unauthorized use of the organization’s name could make them liable for monetary damages and injunctive relief.

ACORN executives have also changed their organization’s name, which was tarnished by investigations in at least 14 states of allegations of voter registration fraud during the 2008 presidential campaign, and charges by current and former members of financial mismanagement and misrepresentation.

The new name will let ACORN leaders continue their operations without worrying about prior bad publicity, according to Marcel Reid of ACORN 8, a group of present and former members.

“We’ve known for many months now that the name ACORN is going to be retired,” Reid said. “The name has been so damaged to the point where the leadership knows it simply can’t go on as it has with the ACORN label out front and center, especially after all of the reporting.”

In fact, the process has already begun, she noted. Wade Rathke, who founded the organization, announced on his blog that ACORN International has officially changed its name to “Community Organizations International.”

Reid also said ACORN is in the process of dismantling Citizen’s Consulting Inc. (CCI), a New-Orleans based non-profit, which has been used to maintain centralized financial control, ACORN 8 activists claim. Tax records show that CCI is interlinked with several ACORN affiliates.

Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, embezzled almost $1 million from the organization in 1999 and 2000, while he was employed as the organization’s chief financial officer with the CCI affiliate.

For almost a decade Wade Rathke and other staff members concealed the embezzlement from ACORN’s board of trustees, according to the criminal complaint ACORN 8 members filed against the organization.

ACORN’s national leaders withdrew a lawsuit Reid filed with fellow board member Karen Inman last October seeking access to internal financial records. Reid and Inman were also expelled from their board positions; a move they say was illegal. Reid and Inman then came together with six other colleagues to form ACORN 8. “ACORN has to be decapitated,” Reid said. “The senior staff and current national board should be dismantled.

The only way to have reform is for the current leadership to be removed completely. We also need a forensic audit.”

Arthur Schwartz, the general counsel for ACORN, has sent a “cease and desist” letter to Reid and Inman instructing them to discontinue using the name ACORN in a connection with their activities. This same letter threatens legal action if the ACORN 8 members do not provide written assurances that they will comply with this demand by the end of June.

“It is a violation of federal and state law for you to use the ACORN name and mark without the written permission of ACORN,” the letter states. “Should you continue to do so, you will be liable for monetary and injunctive relief.”

Reid told The Examiner that ACORN 8 will not comply. “We have no intention of not using the name ACORN 8, it is not a trademark infringement,” she said. “This get tough attitude is part of larger attempt to silence people and shut them down. We are not going to be silenced.”

Meanwhile, ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate has filed suit against Anita MonCrief, a former employee, who has testified under oath on voter registration allegations. ACORN is currently under investigation in at least 14 states for electoral irregularities. The Project Vote suit claims that Anita MonCrief and an unidentified accomplice gained access into private e-mails from group executives and stole the group’s name without permission. It also accuses Moncrief of using a company credit card for her own purposes.

“ACORN is attempting to silence me, and the allegations in the lawsuit are false,” MonCrief said in statement emailed to The Examiner.

ACORN 8 has released its own statement on “whistleblower retaliation” through its national spokesman Michael McCray that expresses support for new protective legislation.

“On behalf of the national board of ACORN 8, we are all saddened by and express great concern due to ACORN’s court action filed against whistleblower Anita MonCrief,” the statement reads. “While we do not express an opinion on the merits of ACORN’s complaint; we as reform advocates decry the tactic of suing whistleblowers – especially, low to moderate income people who do not have the financial means to effectively fight back in courts of law. Moreover, this is yet another example of why congress must enact strong corporate, government and tax-payer funded whistleblower protection laws.”

ACORN 8 has endorsed H.R. 1507, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009.


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1 posted on 09/14/2009 10:17:16 PM PDT by American Dream 246
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To: American Dream 246

A turd by any other name....


2 posted on 09/14/2009 10:19:03 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: American Dream 246

Am I the only one that doesn’t think they’re going to disappear quietly into the night by simply changing their name?

Like roaches in a suddenly lit back room. You can run, but you can’t hide.


3 posted on 09/14/2009 10:20:24 PM PDT by TheZMan (White male, short hair, armed Patriot. Keep pushing.)
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To: American Dream 246

I prefer to think of them as “Community Organizations International Networks” or COIN for short because it really is all about the money.


4 posted on 09/14/2009 10:20:29 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: MarineBrat

Thank you, I couldn’t clean it up that well.


5 posted on 09/14/2009 10:20:33 PM PDT by politicalmerc (If Birthers are so silly, then why not show the BC and put them to shame?)
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To: American Dream 246

I’m going to refer to them as ACORN/COI from now on so that no one will forget who they are.


6 posted on 09/14/2009 10:22:13 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: American Dream 246

ACORN drops tarnished name and moves to silence critics. NEW NAME = COI
___________________________________________

COI = Caught Out Inside

COI = Caught, Out Witted, and Indicted

COI = Canned, Outed, Incarcerated


7 posted on 09/14/2009 10:24:02 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: American Dream 246

ACORN drops tarnished name and moves to silence critics. NEW NAME = COI
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COI = Caught Out Inside

COI = Caught, Out Witted, and Indicted

COI = Canned, Outed, Incarcerated


8 posted on 09/14/2009 10:24:04 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: American Dream 246

So... Um, WHERE do I need to go to set up my new brothel now? I don’t want to pay taxes on it and I need a good loan. COI? Ok, thanks.


9 posted on 09/14/2009 10:24:13 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: American Dream 246

COI = Acornus Interruptus.


10 posted on 09/14/2009 10:27:13 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Lorianne

11 posted on 09/14/2009 10:27:14 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: American Dream 246

ObamaCOM, ...Community Organizing Mob. They are the street thug wing of the NeoComs, criminal punks plundering taxpayers, scam slime, slithering into our Democratic system to break it down.


12 posted on 09/14/2009 10:27:54 PM PDT by pallis
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To: American Dream 246

COI = Council of Idiots


13 posted on 09/14/2009 10:28:06 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: American Dream 246
COI or KOI? Sounds FISHY to me: Image and video hosting by TinyPic
14 posted on 09/14/2009 10:29:31 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Tennessee Nana

Crap On It (America that is)


15 posted on 09/14/2009 10:29:46 PM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: American Dream 246

COI? Criminal Organizations International?


16 posted on 09/14/2009 10:31:34 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Yaelle

So does that bill: Johanns Amendment Passes 83-7 includes COI?

Can someone pass that to Glenn Beck please.


17 posted on 09/14/2009 10:32:42 PM PDT by American Dream 246
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To: Yaelle

LOL, I’ve never understood the appeal of those fish.
But that picture is a perfect metaphor for this organization.


18 posted on 09/14/2009 10:33:13 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: American Dream 246

ACRIME has a nice ring to it??

PRay for America


19 posted on 09/14/2009 10:33:53 PM PDT by bray (He's a Divider not a Uniter)
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To: American Dream 246

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, run by the bishops, which has funded pro-abortion political candidates, ACORN, and lots of ACORN-like organizations, didn’t stop funding ACORN until the embezzlement came to light. All the radicalism, Communism, pro-abortion activism—that was hunky-dory to the left-wing bishops who have always maintained control of the bishops’ conference in Washington.


20 posted on 09/14/2009 10:34:29 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy’s America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: American Dream 246; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ..

We knew these slimey worms would just
find new angles and names. Keep COI
in your vocabulary.


21 posted on 09/14/2009 10:35:45 PM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: American Dream 246

COI = Community Organizers International


22 posted on 09/14/2009 10:36:11 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: American Dream 246

Will we be able to set up our whore house with the new and improved ACORN? Will I still get the Obama/ACORN tax break?


23 posted on 09/14/2009 10:36:39 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: American Dream 246
C -Commie

O - Operatives

I - International
24 posted on 09/14/2009 10:37:00 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (“Cap and Trade bill tells us how to live.. Health Care bill tells us how to die.” Bauer and Rose)
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To: bray
Maybe more fitting would be E coli Enemy Community Organization Liars International and we all know where E coli comes from!
25 posted on 09/14/2009 10:37:10 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: American Dream 246

Tovarisch, The Ministry of State Security will henceforth be called The Committee for State Security. (But you might not want to call them, and you certainly don’t want them calling you)


26 posted on 09/14/2009 10:39:28 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's ACORN" - pace Auric Goldfinger)
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To: American Dream 246
So ACORN has officially been cracked opened.

Bwahahahaha.

27 posted on 09/14/2009 10:41:51 PM PDT by winstonwolf33
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To: American Dream 246

I can think of two other controversial organizations that use lawsuits to silence their critics...the Church Of Scientology and Westboro Baptist Church


28 posted on 09/14/2009 10:43:40 PM PDT by murdoog ("Always love your country—but never trust your government" Robert Novak)
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To: American Dream 246; STARWISE

I got to the $1 million dollar embezzlement and had to stop reading ...am taking a deep breath.


29 posted on 09/14/2009 11:17:40 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: American Dream 246
Silence the truth Sayers.

Attack on the Whistle blowers.

30 posted on 09/14/2009 11:27:30 PM PDT by Tempest (I believe in the sanctity of life... As long as you can afford it.)
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To: STARWISE

TY for the ping. I thought they decided to change their name a couple of months ago. It could make lawsuits and charges a nightmare. ACORN or COI, COI or ACORN. I pity the judge that has to deal with this mess.


31 posted on 09/14/2009 11:29:07 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: American Dream 246
“It is a violation of federal and state law for you to use the ACORN name and mark without the written permission ...

These bozos need to buy better lawyers as this TOTAL nonsense.

32 posted on 09/14/2009 11:29:33 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: American Dream 246

Hey are you filming me giving this young girl advice on how to start up her own chld prostitution ring and launder money.

HOW DARE YOUUUUUU!!!!!


33 posted on 09/14/2009 11:29:53 PM PDT by Tempest (I believe in the sanctity of life... As long as you can afford it.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

You win!


34 posted on 09/14/2009 11:30:26 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

Just as Glenn Beck stated months ago... ACORN will “disappear” someday, and come back under a new name...


35 posted on 09/14/2009 11:44:52 PM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: American Dream 246
that ACORN International has officially changed its name to “Community Organizations International.”

Hmm. Pretty darn close to COMINTERN.

36 posted on 09/15/2009 12:07:44 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Hey Obama. Where is Osama Bin Laden?)
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To: American Dream 246

Is it COI or CCI?


37 posted on 09/15/2009 12:10:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: usmcobra

A -— coin — is that how you say ACORN in the south? In Brooklyn?

LOL!


38 posted on 09/15/2009 12:11:42 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Arthur McGowan
U.S. Bishops Cut All Funding to ACORN, Activities Funded Hard to Determine
Bishop discusses reasons behind cutoff of ACORN funding
Catholic Church drops ACORN funding

39 posted on 09/15/2009 12:13:37 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: American Dream 246

i think crucial question if it follows the succeeding legal entity. otherwise its cosmetic.


40 posted on 09/15/2009 12:17:41 AM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: American Dream 246
Changing ACORN to COI, boy is that ever going to trip us up. The crooks running ACORN really think we are as stupid, and I mean real stupid, as their employees in the video.
41 posted on 09/15/2009 12:18:26 AM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: American Dream 246
“Community Organizations International.”

Well at least their new name reflects their true loyalty - to the world and not their country.

42 posted on 09/15/2009 12:32:34 AM PDT by torchthemummy (Sam opens bar late: "If the Post Office ran its business like yours...never mind." - Cliff Clavin)
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To: American Dream 246

Being a government funded institution, it has to be Department of ....

How about DABAVoF.

Department of Adolescent Brothels and Voter Fraud.


43 posted on 09/15/2009 12:35:44 AM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: Grizzled Bear
C.O.I. = Communist Obama Instigators.
44 posted on 09/15/2009 1:20:17 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: TheZMan
As Beck has pointed out, this is their M.O. These folks keep breaking up and reorganizing under different names so it is difficult to "follow the money". Like all criminals they do it with a purpose. No matter, it is always the SAME PEOPLE. We the people need to insist on criminal charges for these folks. How many brothels were included in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac fiasco last year? One wonders now.

Μολὼν λάβε


45 posted on 09/15/2009 2:13:37 AM PDT by wastoute (translation of tag "Come and get them (bastards)" or "come get some")
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To: American Dream 246

COI? How very, well, er, coy of them...not too obvious.


46 posted on 09/15/2009 2:48:30 AM PDT by Centaur (Never practice moderation to excess.)
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To: wastoute

The money to fund these groups is partially from offshore sources. Guess where.


47 posted on 09/15/2009 2:53:41 AM PDT by x_plus_one (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: wastoute

The money to fund these groups is partially from offshore sources. Guess where.


48 posted on 09/15/2009 2:53:44 AM PDT by x_plus_one (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: American Dream 246
I had heard they were changing it to ACOFN (pronounced "A coffin..."), for Association of Community Organizers for Fraud Now"

;-/

49 posted on 09/15/2009 3:17:22 AM PDT by Gargantua (Sarah Palin: The only Republican to take on Zer0bonehead and WIN!)
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To: American Dream 246

Wrong story date. Look at the source, it is 6/21/09.


50 posted on 09/15/2009 3:30:17 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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