Skip to comments.Sen. Cornyn Seeks Nationwide Criminal Probe of ACORN
Posted on 10/14/2008 1:00:01 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
WASHINGTON— In the wake of numerous reports of widespread election fraud by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey requesting that the Department of Justice immediately launch a nationwide criminal probe into ACORN’s voter registration activities and investigate ACORN as a “criminal enterprise.”
In his letter, Sen. Cornyn, a former State Attorney General and Texas Supreme Court Justice, said, “Election fraud imposes a real cost on our system, beyond the obvious consequence of subverting a free and fair election. Fraudulent voter registration on this scale seriously strains state and local elections resources and distracts elections officials from preparing to conduct an orderly election. Of course, ACORN’s nationwide voter registration fraud provides an opportunity for individuals to vote who should not, or for some to vote more than once.”
Sen. Cornyn closed his letter highlighting the various aspects of federal law that may have been violated by ACORN and said “because the violations of federal voting laws by ACORN employees appear to be so widespread, ACORN and its affiliates should be investigated as a criminal enterprise.”
The full text of Senator Cornyn’s letter to the Attorney General today is below. In addition, a .pdf copy of the letter is available here: http://cornyn.senate.gov/doc_archive/Mukasey-ACORN-letter.pdf
The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear General Mukasey:
I am increasingly concerned by reports of widespread election fraud by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (“ACORN”), which seem to emerge on a daily basis.
Specifically, I call your attention to state and local investigations into potentially hundreds of thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications filed by ACORN in North Carolina, Ohio, Nevada, Michigan, Florida, New Mexico, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and my home state of Texas. In Harris County, Texas, which includes the City of Houston, election officials either rejected or discovered serious deficiencies with nearly 40 percent of the 27,000 registration cards filed by ACORN from January through July of this year.
Most recently, election officials in Lake County, Indiana, found more than 2,100 fraudulent voter registration applications that were filed at the deadline by ACORN. According to a CNN report, at least one of ACORN’s applications in Lake County attempted to register a dead man. In addition, The St. Petersburg Times (FL) reported today that Mickey Mouse tried to register to vote in Florida this summer. Although Orange County elections officials rejected his application, it is notable that Mickey Mouse’s application had an ACORN stamp on it. In addition, The [Raleigh, NC] News & Observer also reported today that ACORN conducted a voter drive that registered nearly 28,000 people in North Carolina. But according to local election officials some of the forms it filed had information that may have been copied from phone books.
Election fraud imposes a real cost on our system, beyond the obvious consequence of subverting a free and fair election. Fraudulent voter registration on this scale seriously strains state and local elections resources and distracts elections officials from preparing to conduct an orderly election. Of course, ACORN’s nationwide voter registration fraud provides an opportunity for individuals to vote who should not, or for some to vote more than once.
Given these allegations, as well as the well-documented fraud convictions in recent years of ACORN employees, I urge you to launch a nationwide criminal probe into ACORN’s voter registration activities. As you know, federal law prohibits an individual from (1) providing fraudulent voter registration information; (2) conspiring to encourage false registration or illegal voting; and (3) paying or offering to pay another individual for registering or voting. It is also a crime to knowingly procure or submit false, fictitious, or fraudulent voter registration applications. Finally, I must add that, because the violations of federal voting laws by ACORN employees appear to be so widespread, ACORN and its affiliates should be investigated as a criminal enterprise.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
United States Senator
Sen. Cornyn serves on the Armed Services, Judiciary and Budget Committees. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Border Security and Refugees subcommittee and the Armed Services Committee’s Airland subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.
Thank You, Senator Cornyn!!
We share your concern and have put this on our Nov. 5th list of things to do.
The Honorable Michael Mukasey
IT’S WAY TO LATE but it’s at least a start.
ok Freepers lets get to work send FAX and E-Mails to This
AG....we want an investigation NOW!!!!
Anyone have the fax or number to this AG
Some are worried that any investigations will occur after the election. But if it keeps getting reported that ACORN is a source of voter fraud and if someone (McCain, you idiot) would tie ACORN to Obama in the news, that might open the eyes of those who haven’t decided yet in this election or who are in the squishy middle.
I thought the FBI was already involved.
Good Luck with that. A democratic congress won’t do it.
a President Obama won’t do it. A President McCain will be to busy reaching across out to his good friends at Acorn.
Hooray! Go get ‘em!
There needs to be a special prosecutor or the next president and Congress will fire the US Attorneys and sweep this all under the rug while funding Acorn again.
Americans were idiots, listening to bullcrap about firing a few US Attorney and now this corrupt Chicago leftist will fire their asses so fast and we’ll all be hearing how this is teh “acceptable” way to do it. They’ll all be fired and replaced by cover up artists.
How quickly can they get that going? It surely needs to be done before the election, and these things usually drag on and on, don’t they?
Acorn needs to be dismantled, first until the investigation is over and then, due to obvious reasons, forever.
I sent my Senators, Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, and e-mail last week asking for this too. I hope some people are prosecuted, and the funding of ACORN is eliminated.
Why would you ever say its too late?
Its never too late....they may uncover other things!!!
We must write and fax Michael Muckersey?
Still won't make up for his voting for the bailout.
Well, that steps it up a notch.
Barring an injunction requiring states to immediately cease accepting 'registrations' submitted by the acorn mafia,
and cross examining all current voter rolls against acorn's lists of 'registrations' submitted and nullifying the frauds,
this is a good gesture but only that, and WAY too late.
Sen. John Cornyn for President!!!
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