Skip to comments.Republican Party lawmaker wants Corbett to probe ACORN ('Home Staying Campaign' & trespassing)
Posted on 06/14/2009 6:36:18 AM PDT by Libloather
Republican Party lawmaker wants Corbett to probe ACORN
By Brad Bumsted
STATE CAPITOL REPORTER
Thursday, June 11, 2009
HARRISBURG A Delaware County lawmaker is asking his colleagues to co-sponsor a House resolution urging the state attorney general to investigate ACORN, an organization whose members are charged with voter registration fraud in Allegheny County and elsewhere.
"I believe the activities of this organization have raised significant questions, and my resolution asks that ACORN be investigated by the attorney general to determine whether they are in compliance with the law," Rep. Stephen Barrar, a Republican, wrote in a June 3 memo made public Wednesday.
Ali Kronley, a Pennsylvania spokeswoman for ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, said the organization's quality control measures stopped the activities of seven people accused of crimes by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.
Barrar said in an interview that one thing he wants Attorney General Tom Corbett to look at is ACORN's tax-exempt status as a nonprofit corporation. "If they are doing political activity, I don't think they should be able to be tax-exempt," he said.
"If there are allegations of wrongdoing, we'd be happy to look at it," said Kevin Harley, a spokesman for Corbett. "We would need specific allegations or a fact pattern to investigate. We can't investigate an organization because someone thinks they've done something wrong."
Barrar told colleagues ACORN has begun a " 'Home Staying Campaign' in a number of major cities, which organizes individuals to trespass on foreclosed residential property. Their Web site indicates that there are plans to expand this program to encourage illegal activity in Pittsburgh."
"I have no idea what that's about," Kronley said. She said it is the "most successful anti-foreclosure program in the nation."
(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...
Isn't there a law against this?
ACORN's Illegal Activities and Mafia-Style Tactics in Congresss Spotlight
Family Security Matters | March 23, 2009 | Chris Carter
FR Posted 03/27/2009 by Crush
Members of Congress heard testimony against the activist group ACORN on Thursday, exposing the group's illegal activity and mafia-style tactics. Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh appeared before the a House Judiciary subcommittee alleging that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has violated campaign finance and tax laws in addition to their protest-for-hire and coerced donations.
The source of the accusations was from the sworn testimony of ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief, who was a clerk for ACORN's sister organization called Project Vote.
MonCrief, a Democrat and Obama supporter, testified last year that Barack Obama's campaign gave Project Vote a "donor list" of people who had contributed the maximum amount allowed by federal law. According to Heidelbaugh's testimony, the donors were to be targeted to donate to ACORN's "Get Out the Vote" efforts and finance voter registration drives.
Heidelbaugh revealed in her testimony that there is virtually no separation between ACORN and Project Vote, as employees working for one group would perform work for the other. (Excerpt) Read more at familysecuritymatters.org ...
ACORN is a criminal enterprise MichelleMalkin.com
6/1/2009 | Michelle Malkin
FR Posted Monday, June 01, 2009 by mojito
ACORN is a criminal enterprise. These are the five simple words that every conservative candidate officeholder should be repeating often and loudly. Its about the fraud. Its about the coordinated corruption. Its about the effect on housing, the economy, and the entire electoral landscape.
Does the GOP get it yet? At least one Republican candidate does. Kris Kobach, the former Bush administration national security/immigration enforcement official and constitutional lawyer, announced that he will run for Kansas Secy of State last week. His prime motivation: stopping the ACORN racket: Kris Kobachs desire to be Kansas Secy of State can be summed up in one word: ACORN, he told a modest audience that gathered Thursday for lunch at Salinas Western Sizzlin restaurant. Salina is one of eight cities Kobach, who until recently was chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, is visiting to announce his desire to be secretary of state.
ACORN the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is an aggressive get-out-the-vote organization that represents low- and moderate-income people nationally. Since 1970, ACORN has been building community organizations that are committed to social and economic justice, its Web site says.
Kobach describes it differently. ACORN is a criminal enterprise, he said Thursday. He said 12 ACORN workers in Missouri were convicted of violating voter laws in connection with 2006 elections. Voter fraud was the central theme of Kobachs campaign stop. He warned of the rise of ACORN and said it was only after the November election that he learned ACORN has three offices in Kansas. We didnt find out until after the election how busy they have been in Kansas, he said.
ACORNs Web site lists offices in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita. None of the telephone numbers listed works, nor do the e-mail addresses.
Kobach said he plans to push for a photo identification law, which would require voters to present an approved photo ID before they vote. He also wants to require that people prove they are citizens before they are allowed to register to vote." We need a Kris Kobach in every state in the country.