Skip to comments.ACORN Cleared by Brooklyn DA in Big "Pimp/Prostitute" Probe [ACORN-front WFP endorsed DA in 2009!]
Posted on 03/02/2010 12:32:36 PM PST by ETL
Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes has concluded his investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and companion. (Though the right-wing gadflies who made the hidden camera video edited it to suggest that James O'Keefe was posing as the woman's pimp, the couple actually told ACORN employees he was trying to protect her from the pimp [PDF].) Yesterday Hynes cleared ACORN of any criminality, while perpetuating the misconception that O'Keefe had posed as a pimp and worn a cliche pimp costume during the meeting (he did not):
"On September 15, 2009, my office began an investigation . The three had been secretly videotaped by two people posing as a pimp and prostitute, who came to ACORNS Brooklyn office, seeking advice about how to purchase a house with money generated by their business. The couple later made the recording public. That investigation is now concluded and no criminality has been found."
(Excerpt) Read more at gothamist.com ...
Party Backs New Crop of Community Organizers Turned Candidates
The Working Families Party (WFP) today announced its endorsement decisions in dozens of New York City Council races, as well as District Attorney and Borough President contests.
The Partys City Council endorsements this year place a premium on organizers, activists and leaders who come directly from the communities they seek to represent, following in the footsteps of Americas Community Organizer-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.
Were proud to be supporting so many candidates who know firsthand the struggles of working people in New York City from fighting for good jobs and affordable housing to standing up for equality and being a voice for under-represented communities, WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor said today. We believe that these candidates will put the working families of the city first, ahead of big-money interests or their own political gain.
More than 100 NYC candidates applied for the WFPs support. The partys endorsements are the product of an intense grassroots selection process that included the completion of a thorough questionnaire and in-person interviews with screening committees composed of WFP members from each candidates borough.
The WFPs strong campaign operations, ability to mobilize grassroots and institutional support, and impressive record of electoral victories at the city and state level make its endorsement highly sought-after by political candidates.
The full list of 2009 New York City endorsements made by the Working Families Party thus far is as follows:
Brooklyn - Charles Hynes
Note: I've only included from the list DA Charles Hynes.
If you're interested in who else Working Families Party endorsed last year, click on the link -ETL:
From David Horowitz's
PROFILE: WORKING FAMILIES PARTY
* Front group for ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)
* Functions as a political party in New York State and Connecticut, running or cross-endorsing candidates for local, state, and federal office
* Works closely with Hillary Clinton
Currently composed of some 30,000 members, the Working Families Party (WFP) is a front group for ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). WFP functions as a political party in New York State and Connecticut, promoting ACORN-friendly candidates. Unlike conventional political parties, WFP charges its members dues -- about $60 per year -- a policy characteristic of ACORN and its affiliates.
According to the party's website, WFP is a coalition founded jointly by ACORN, the Communications Workers of America, and the United Automobile Workers. However, ACORN clearly dominates the coalition. New York ACORN leader Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party, and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN's national office, at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.
An outgrowth of the socialist New Party, [Working Families Party] WFP was created in 1998. According to a 2000 article by the Associated Press, its objective was (and still is) to "help push the Democratic Party toward the left." In pursuit of this goal, WFP runs radical candidates in state and local elections. Generally, WFP candidates conceal their extremism beneath a veneer of populist rhetoric, promoting bread-and-butter issues designed to appeal to union workers and other blue-collar voters, Republican and Democrat alike.
The Working Families Party benefits from a quirk of New York State (and Connecticut) election law which allows parties to "cross-endorse" candidates of other parties. Thus when Hillary Clinton ran for the Senate in 2000, she ran both on the Democratic Party ticket and on the Working Families Party ticket. Of the 3.4 million popular votes Ms. Clinton received from New Yorkers, the Working Families Party delivered 103,000.
"Candidates know that when they're on our line, they're committed to certain things," explains Bertha Lewis, who moonlights as WFP co-chair and New York ACORN Executive Director. Speaking days before Mrs. Clinton won her Senate seat in 2000, Lewis noted, "Hillary knows that if she wins, we're going to be knockin' on her door. She won't be able to hide."
In the November 2000 election, WFP cross-endorsed Al Gore and Hillary Clinton. WFP won 80,000 votes for Gore and, as noted above, some 103,000 votes for Clinton.
During the campaign, Mrs. Clinton spoke at numerous WFP events, most memorably at the party's debut convention, held March 26-27, 2000 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany -- an event which the Communist newspaper People's Weekly World approvingly called "a turning point in New York politics." After receiving WFP's endorsement, Clinton vowed to wage a "people's grassroots campaign." "[T]here have been few candidates in history more supportive of our issues than Al Gore and Hillary Clinton," proclaimed WFP campaign literature.
In the 2004 election cycle, a new force entered New York politics: billionaire financier George Soros. The Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance -- a drug legalization lobby through which Soros often funnels political contributions -- gave $81,500 to the Albany County District Attorney campaign of Democrat David Soares. Instead of donating the money directly, however, the Drug Policy Alliance laundered Soros' contribution through the Working Families Party -- an illegal act according to New York State law.
WFP expanded into Connecticut in 2004, and promised that it would soon be active in all ten states where "fusion voting" -- that is, cross-endorsement of candidates by multiple parties -- is still legal. Those states include Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.
In 2006, WFP exhorted voters to help stop the Bush agenda and elect a Democratic majority to the House of Representatives by supporting its Take Back Congress project.
In 2008, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were listed on the WFP presidential ticket as well as the Democratic Party ticket.
In 2009, WFP supported New York State's newly increased "millionaire's tax" on the income of individuals earning $500,000 or more per year. When New York billionaire Tom Golisano (whose tax liability rose to $13,000 per day as a result of the tax hike) announced that he would be moving to Florida (which has no state income tax), WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor Called Golisano's move "selfish." "It's a disgrace," said Cantor, "that this is how he pays back the state where he was presumably educated and that's been so good to him. Taxes are the price you pay for civilization."
Nothing to see here, move along.
I knew there was a reason the “unnamed source” yesterday (noted as a law-enforcement employee) attacked those who made the video.
B’klyn ACORN cleared over giving illegal advice on how to hide money from prostitution
The New York Daily News ^ | 03/01/10 | Scott Shifrel
While the video by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles seemed to show three ACORN workers advising a prostitute how to hide ill-gotten gains, the unedited version was not as clear, according to a law enforcement source. “They edited the tape to meet their agenda,” said the source.
Friends say Brooklyns top prosecutor, Charles J. Hynes, has the mindset that only psychopaths belong in jail, and that other defendants oftentimes just need some extra help.
And another reason why NY continues to implode....like California, Illinois, etc., etc.
Thanks for the additional info.
And did you catch this from the WFP excerpt above...
“The Partys City Council endorsements this year place a premium on organizers, activists and leaders who come directly from the communities they seek to represent, following in the footsteps of Americas Community Organizer-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.”
I didn’t because I was in a hurry when I posted this.
Yep they ruled he said yo blood too many times, therfore any real pimp would have been more sincere..puking,
No illegal activity and yet the workers were fired. Wrongful termination then?
that article on Gothamist needs to be freeped...(some more... ( : >)
Thanks for the information. I’ll check it out.
But I don’t think the Gothamist article mentions that the DA was endorsed last year by the Acorn front, Working Families Party.
I'd like to see O'Keefe release this "unedited" tape - destroy this "law enforcement source"/DA's credibility for good...
The article isn’t going to mention it because Gothamist backs ACORN.
Check comment 12 and others at the gothamist link.
I should have said “freep the comments”.