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  • Cuomo, Schneiderman duke it out over $600 million fund (pol pork-fest)

    01/19/2014 4:41:12 AM PST · by Liz · 20 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/18/14 | Carl Campanile
    EDITED......Albany pols are in a boiling dispute over who gets to spend a $600M housing foreclosure settlement from JP Morgan Chase. Sap-happy lefties want to help underwater homeowners victimized by the subprime Gov Cuomo's infected with "higher office brain disease" -- plans $2 billion in tax cuts – though his plan doesn’t count on the $600M settlement money. Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Insitute and former head of ACORN, said, “What I want to know is WTF? Why take our funds? This settlement money was intended to help struggling homeowners in New York, too many of whom are...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Other Party: How the Working Families party took over New York City

    01/15/2014 7:21:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2014 | John Fund
    As recently as 1998, New York State’s Republican party controlled the governorship, a United States Senate seat, and the mayor’s office in Manhattan. Today, it is greatly diminished, with its sole beachhead of influence in the state senate, where it shares a majority with four independent Democrats. In contrast, the Working Families party (WFP), a 15-year-old left-wing, union-fueled group with just 20,000 members, now holds the whip hand over much of the dominant Democratic party in New York — and is already spreading its wings to other states. The WFP not only was a major force behind Bill de Blasio’s...
  • U.S. $ponsors Event Featuring Ex ACORN Chief Trashing Whites

    09/26/2013 10:37:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 26, 2013
    President Obama and more than a dozen U.S. government agencies participated in a Washington D.C. conference that featured a keynote speaker—a black activist who headed the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)—who made racist remarks about whites. It gets better; American taxpayers helped fund the annual event, put on by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), a group that aims to improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities. Each exhibitor paid $2,000 to participate in the yearly showcase which is billed as one of the largest gatherings of African American professionals. Eighteen federal agencies...
  • ACORN’s former chief calls for more immigration to boost black power

    09/21/2013 8:03:26 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2013 | Neil Munro
    ACORN’s former CEO Bertha Lewis urged Africans-Americans to support increased immigration as a strategy to gain political power. “We got some Latino cousins, we got some Asian cousins, we got some Native-American cousins, we got all kind of cousins,” said Lewis, who spoke Thursday at the annual political conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Cousins need to get together because if we’re going to be [part of the non-white] majority, it makes sense for black people in this country to get down with immigration reform,” said Lewis, whose ACORN group was formally disbanded in 2010 after a series of scandals....
  • Shocker. Obama’s Top Political Advisor Directly Linked to Occupy Wall Street Protests

    10/11/2011 9:34:05 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Oct. 11, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Obama’s ACORN operative in the White House Patrick Gaspard, a former Working Families Party associate, is helping shape domestic policy– Obama political advisor Patrick Gaspard holds the same White House position his Bush-era predecessor, Karl Rove, did. But before he was the White House political czar he worked in several far left organizations as activist and agitator. reported: One of the more disturbing aspects of the Obama-ACORN connection is that the White House political affairs director is one Patrick Gaspard. Gaspard doesn’t register on the media radar screen in the way that his immediate Bush-era predecessor, Karl Rove, did....
  • Former ACORN Employees Tell FBI Of Deliberate Election Fraud; “Working For the Democratic Party”

    06/10/2010 5:36:54 PM PDT · by · 11 replies · 641+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/10/2009 | Joe Schoffstall
    New documents have been obtained and released by Judicial Watch, a watchdog organization that keeps an eye on government corruption, that shines more light on the dismembered ACORN organization. The documents show of election fraud as an employee told the FBI that ACORN was “working for the Democratic Party.” Here is the documents from Judicial Watch: “ACORN HQ is wkg [working] for the Democratic Party” Washington, DC — June 9, 2010 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) related to the...
  • Bertha Lewis Arrested at NY Immigration rally [VIDEO]

    05/26/2010 11:00:15 AM PDT · by UAConservative · 11 replies · 575+ views
    Youtube ^ | May 24, 2010
    Text of description: "Thity-seven clergy, labor, elected, and community leaders were arrested in front of 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan today, in a second round of civil disobedience intended to escalate pressure on President Obama and Comgress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Among those arrested, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York State Assembly member Adriano Espailla, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, Chair, Churches United to Save and Heal, Hector Figueroa, Secretary Treasurer, SEIU 32BJ, and Bertha Lewis, President, The Black Institute. Thirty-seven persons were arreste, 21 male and 16 female." You can see the arrest at ~7:45
  • Fmr ACORN head calls Tea Parties “bowel movement” and claims “they’re coming after you”

    04/22/2010 3:20:25 PM PDT · by Hanen2010 · 38 replies · 920+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 4/21/2010 | J.P. Freire
    Former ACORN head Bertha Lewis told a group of the Young Democratic Socialists on that they should "do everything [they] can" to build their organization, and then insisted that our times are worse than internment under the Japanese and the years of Jim Crow laws (h/t Morgan Richmond at BigGovernment): Any of these groups that says, "I'm young, I'm Democratic, and I'm a socialist," is okay with me. You know that's no light thing to do -- to actually say, I'm a socialist. You've got to know, actually, we are living in a time that's going to dwarf the McCarthy...
  • Court in NY gives government victory against ACORN

    04/21/2010 6:58:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,963+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/21/10 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK – A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed the government a victory by temporarily blocking a judge's finding that Congress was wrong to halt federal funding to the activist group ACORN. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also agreed to expedite the government's appeal of U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon's rulings that the funding cutoff was unconstitutional. Oral arguments were likely to occur before July. The appeals court's one-paragraph decision to freeze Gershon's two rulings that found Congress acted unconstitutionally will remain in place until the 2nd Circuit rules on the merits of the government's...
  • Bertha Lewis unleashed: Bashes Conservatives and tea party, promotes socialism

    04/21/2010 2:43:25 PM PDT · by blueyon · 6 replies · 615+ views
    big goverment ^ | 4/21/10 | Morgen Richmond
    Apparently CEO Bertha Lewis said of ACORN yesterday “we’re on life support”. Well, I think ACORN’s remaining benefactors might be a little closer to pulling the plug once and for all after watching this bizarre rant from Ms. Lewis from just a few weeks ago. She is speaking at the Winter Conference of the Young Democratic Socialists on March 25, 2010 – As I’ve said elsewhere, I think it is unbecoming of conservatives to engage in hyperbole and personal attacks. We should allow this to remain the primary tool of our opponents. Lewis is clearly a bit unhinged here, but...
  • ACORN’s Bertha Lewis: Socialism is the right thing, TEA party is a bowel movement

    04/21/2010 12:52:33 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 75 replies · 2,452+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Arpil 21, 2010 | Steve McGough
    I’m not sure how relevant the CEO of ACORN is anymore, but at least she’s not hiding her stripes. She attended a Young Democratic Socialists meeting in late March and said we are living in a time -- referring to the TEA party movement -- that will dwarf the era of Jim Crow and segregation. Watch the video...
  • Bertha Lewis Confirms ACORN Has No Intention of Closing

    03/23/2010 3:36:04 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 411+ views
    The Lid/Congressman Issa/NPR ^ | 3/23/10 | The Lid
    Sometimes the news one hears just smells. Such was the case yesterday when the story broke that ACORN was bankrupt and was going under as of April first. The fact the official closing date was April Fool's Day was not a coincidence, because if you really believed that ACORN was going to cease operations I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. In the past we reported that ACORN was going to change its name in an attempt to shake off the "bad image" it earned through the embezzlement stories, the voter fraud and of course the amazing efforts...
  • You’re Invited…to Help Scrub ACORN’s Image (NYC patriots alert!)

    02/23/2010 9:45:32 PM PST · by Grammar Nazi · 7 replies · 330+ views
    Big Government ^ | Feb 23rd 2010 | Mike Flynn
    Yesterday came the news that ACORN was ‘dissolving’ its national structure, allowing many of its local chapters to go ‘independent’. ACORN’s destruction of its brand had threatened the existence of every ACORN office in the country. Shedding the ACORN brand will give them a chance restart the flow of public money and leftist donors. Make no mistake, however, that while their names may change, the personnel groomed by ACORN and the tactics they employ will remain the same. To paraphrase a famous verse, “A Rose by any other name…has just as many thorns.” Below is an invite to New York...
  • Bertha Lewis: O’Keefe’s Arrest Equals ACORN is Innocent (WTH?)

    01/31/2010 4:37:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,062+ views ^ | January 31, 2010 | Doug Giles
    Because Hannah Giles (the femme fatale of the ACORN sting) is my daughter, as soon as the news of her ACORN companion James O’Keefe’s arrest in the Big Easy hit the fan, our phone lines lit up like a Christmas Tree with inquiries from friends and family, talk show hosts, bloggers and the Associated Press wanting to know what the heck was going on. Matter of fact, my cell phone vibrated so much that when I got sick of answering it I put it to work on my shoulder to massage a knot the size of a monkey’s fist that...
  • White House Spokeswoman Says Different Bertha Lewis on Visitor’s Log

    01/05/2010 6:25:52 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 24 replies · 1,735+ views ^ | 1/5/09 | Andrew Breitbart
    According to Politico’s Ben Smith, the Bertha Lewis who went to the White House is not ACORN’s CEO but another woman named “Bertha Lewis.” I contacted Smith to tell him that Big Government would offer a correction if the “administration official” who offered the information went on record and told us who the “other” Bertha Lewis is and got the unnamed administration source to come out from behind the veil of anonymity and use his/her name. So far, according to unnamed White House sources, “different” people with the familiar names of Malik Shabazz, Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers were discovered...
  • The Most Dishonest White House In American History

    01/04/2010 8:37:49 PM PST · by Hayrider · 16 replies · 1,186+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 1/4/2010 | MacAoidh
    Yes, I’ll agree that there has been a dispiriting amount of lies told by presidential administrations throughout the country’s 200-plus year history. But has there ever been a White House so contemptuous of the American people as to insult our intelligence the way this crowd does?
  • White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence

    12/30/2009 11:11:24 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 19 replies · 1,438+ views ^ | December 31, 2009 | Publius
    White House Visitors Log: ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis In Obama Residence Week Before Sting Videos Launched This afternoon, on arguably one of the slower news day of the year, the Obama White House released another document dump of “visitor records.” According to the White House, today’s batch total more than 25,000 records, covering meetings between September 16-September 30th. ACORN.Bertha.Lewis You can scroll through the list of records on the White House site OR you can download the raw data. Interestingly, the full download uncovers almost 30,000 records, including many from outside the mid-September time-frame detailed on the White House site....
  • Acorn HQ in New Orleans raided by La Attorney General

    11/06/2009 11:24:09 AM PST · by milwguy · 83 replies · 4,250+ views
    big gov't ^ | 11/06/2009 | capital confidential
    In a fast-breaking development comes word that agents of the Attorney’s General office in Louisiana have raided ACORN’s offices in New Orleans. ACORN’s New Orleans was, for decades, the headquarters of the national community organizing association. News of the raid comes from Marcel Reid and her colleagues at ACORN 8, an association of former ACORN leaders and board members. Many of the individuals involved with ACORN 8 were fired from ACORN for demanding a forensic audit following an embezzlement scandal involving Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke. Check back her for more details, as well as a statement...
  • BREAKING: ACORN’s New Orleans Office Raided by Louisiana

    11/06/2009 2:38:53 PM PST · by MissesBush · 5 replies · 1,522+ views ^ | 11/06/09
    In a fast-breaking development comes word that agents of the Attorney’s General office in Louisiana have raided ACORN’s offices in New Orleans. ACORN’s New Orleans was, for decades, the headquarters of the national community organizing association. News of the raid comes from Marcel Reid and her colleagues at ACORN 8, an association of former ACORN leaders and board members. Many of the individuals involved with ACORN 8 were fired from ACORN for demanding a forensic audit following an embezzlement scandal involving Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke. . Update: Big Government has contacted the Louisiana Attorney’s General office....
  • Ousted ACORN leaders in New Orleans announce new organization

    10/24/2009 4:17:09 PM PDT · by james500 · 15 replies · 1,242+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | 10/24/2009 | Bill Barrow
    Several Louisiana ACORN leaders, including the recently ousted state leader, are expected to announce today that they have started a new organization under the same name after national authorities of the community action network voted to take over the chapter. A notice of a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. in Light City Church, 6117 St. Claude Ave., says the event will include "Louisiana ACORN Executive Director Beth Butler, " who was fired from that post Oct. 12 by national ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis. The document states that Butler will be joined by several Louisiana ACORN officers, board members and...
  • Right has ACORN on ropes, but fight isn’t over: Attorney

    10/22/2009 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 18 replies · 1,214+ views
    The Villager ^ | Oct 21 - 27, 2009 | Lincoln Anderson
    It’s like being in the middle of a “tsunami” or an “avalanche” — or maybe both at the same time. That’s how Arthur Schwartz described his experience as general counsel of ACORN amid the recent right-wing attacks and congressional caving that are bringing the national community-organizing network to its knees. In an interview with The Villager last week, Schwartz, a prominent New York City labor attorney and longtime member of Community Board 2 in Greenwich Village, where he lives with his family, painted a dire picture of ACORN. Speaking in his office in the Unite Here! headquarters building at 26th...
  • Is ACORN's Bertha Lewis Even Capable of Telling the Truth

    10/20/2009 4:07:08 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 363+ views
    Big Government ^ | 10/20/2009 | Mathew Vadum
    Did ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis say anything that was true in her recent speech at the National Press Club? The embattled ACORN CEO deserved an Academy Award nomination for her virtuoso performance in which she not only depicted ACORN as an innocent victim but also as a whistleblower that tried to nip the subprime mortgage crisis in the bud.
  • Big Government Productions Presents Next Chapter in ACORN Sting

    10/19/2009 6:46:48 PM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 42 replies · 2,780+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 19 | Big Government Productions
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew Breitbart's Big Government will hold a press conference featuring James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, the two daring young journalists who, posing as a "pimp" and "prostitute," exposed massive corruption within ACORN's offices throughout the country. The Press Conference will be held at the National Press Club of Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. After suing, Mr. O'Keefe and Ms. Giles in Maryland over the release of the Baltimore tapes, ACORN has issued public statements denying any wrongdoing in its Philadelphia office and lying about what happened there. Mr. O'Keefe...
  • ACORN: A Communist Boogeyman

    10/14/2009 10:03:23 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 350+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 14, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    ACORN: A Communist Boogeyman by: Sarah Carlsruh, October 14, 2009 Bertha Lewis, CEO of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), spoke at a press conference at the National Press Building on October 6th. When asked if this was meant to be an “apology tour” for the recent YouTube video scandal and voter fraud allegations, Lewis replied that it is a “set-the-record-straight tour.” Recently, undercover journalists posing as a pimp and a prostitute received seemingly routine advice from ACORN counselors in several cities on how to evade taxes and establish housing for a brothel employing underage illegal immigrants....
  • ACORN Fires Beth Butler

    10/13/2009 4:18:42 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 509+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 10/13/2009 | Mike Volpe
    This is interesting because Beth Butler is the common law wife of Wade Rathke. Controversial activist group ACORN has fired the longtime companion of founder Wade Rathke over apparent concerns about a lack of "accountability" in her work leading the Louisiana chapter in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Beth Butler was the director of that chapter and close to Rathke, whose brother Dale was accused of embezzling about $1 million from the group a decade ago.
  • SEIU Disavows ACORN, but Long History of Ties Won't Go Away (ACORN/SEIU joined at hip)

    10/13/2009 3:39:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 621+ views
    NLPC ^ | October 13, 2009 | Carl Horowitz
    No organization likes bad publicity. And when allied organizations create it, disavowing ties to them becomes attractive. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has exercised that option - at least on the surface. On Wednesday, September 30, the union's secretary-treasurer, Anna Burger, told a congressional panel that her organization no longer has a working relationship with the New Orleans-based nationwide nonprofit "anti-poverty" network ACORN, an acronym for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN, as almost everyone in this country with a pulse knows by now, has been the target of federal and state investigations into a wide...
  • Video: Bertha Lewis Still Playing The ACORN Race Card

    10/11/2009 8:30:13 PM PDT · by CyberRBTmail · 4 replies · 315+ views
    Common Sense 2020 ^ | 2009-10-11 | LukeAmerica2020
    This afternoon on Fox News, Eric Shawn reviewed the timeline of problems with ACORN including a clip of Bertha Lewis (CO) deflecting focus from their systemic criminal activities to right-wing concerns over voter registration of minorities. He also interviewed Marcel Reid, of the ACORN 8, who offered a more realistic analysis of the group’s numerous woes. Video: Bertha Lewis Still Playing The ACORN Race Card
  • Hillary Clinton, George Soros, ACORN Tied to Working Families Party Targeting AIG Workers at Home

    03/20/2009 11:23:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 3,181+ views
    Friday, March 20, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Working Families Party that is organizing a bus tour protest this Saturday at the homes of AIG employees has deep ties to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire leftist financier George Soros and the radical group ACORN.A 2005 article by Richard Poe published at Discover the Networks details the connections:The Working Families Party (WFP) is a front group for the radical cult ACORN. It 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...
  • Young and Active, the Working Families Party Shows Muscle in the Primaries (NYC)

    09/17/2009 10:28:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 806+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 17, 2009 | JULIE BOSMAN and KAREEM FAHIM
    Eric N. Gioia, a city councilman from Queens and a candidate for public advocate, was in a great mood Tuesday as he walked to his car after voting in the Democratic primary. Until he spotted a lone young man who stood on the sidewalk, holding a stack of fliers. “See him?” said Mr. Gioia, his face darkening. “He’s from the Working Families Party.” Much to the chagrin of candidates like Mr. Gioia, the still relatively little-known 10-year-old party had dispatched a small army in the weeks before the primary, selling voters on its candidates in the mayoral, City Council, public...
  • Erratic Reported Rent Payments From [ACORN Front] WFP Mark Last Decade

    10/04/2009 4:00:17 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 6 replies · 880+ views
    City Hall News ^ | 2009 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Average of just $1,486 per month for offices, one check for rent written to “401 K PMTs”Edward-Isaac Dovere by Edward-Isaac Dovere eidovere@cityhallnews.comUPDATE:Harry Zlokower, spokesperson for ISJ Management, called to confirm that the company is indeed the owner of the property at 2 Nevins Street, with Flatbush Fulton Realty Associates its subsidiary.However, Zlokower said, “Working Families Party is not a tenant of ISJ Management,” adding, “ISJ management has no knowledge of the Working Families Party. They assume it’s a sub-lease.”Zlokower also confirmed that ACORN is a tenant of ISJ Management, paying money directly to the property owner.Responding from the Working Families...
  • The [ACORN] Working Families threat: The party's ascent is bad news for Democrats and New Yorkers

    10/08/2009 3:17:23 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 9 replies · 701+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 4:00 AM | Ed Koch and David Yassky
    The Working Families Party was the big winner in this year's Democratic primary elections - having backed the winning candidates in both the public advocate's race and the contest for city controller. That's not good for mainstream Democrats, and it is not good for New Yorkers. As liberals, we recognize the value of left-wing advocates pushing against corporate interests. The WFP has played a useful role in helping to win an increase in the minimum wage and in rolling back tax breaks for luxury development. But as "liberals with sanity," we see danger when narrow agendas overwhelm the public good....
  • Working for Change: An Interview with Dan Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party

    10/09/2009 3:17:08 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 2 replies · 363+ views
    The Indypendent ^ | October 9, 2009 | Elizabeth Henderson and John Tarleton
    Founded in 1998 as a coalition of labor and community groups, the Working Families Party has combined old-fashioned, grassroots organizaing and strategic alliances with the Democrats to become an increasingly powerful force for progressive politics in New York City. The Indypendent recently spoke with the party’s Executive Director, Dan Cantor, about the WFP’s recent victories in the run-off elections for city comptroller and public advocate, mobilizing voters and taking on Bloomberg in November. ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Why has the WFP decided to take on Bloomberg this year when many democrats have given up the hope of defeating him? DAN CANTOR: Eight...
  • ACORN's latest scandal should be last straw

    10/08/2009 6:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,458+ views
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin ^ | October 8, 2009 | The Editors
    The organization can no longer be effective in achieving its goal of social justice and stronger communities. ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- touts itself as "the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities." And perhaps it is. But ACORN can no longer be effective at achieving its goals. The organization is so mired in scandal it will never recover. Let's look at the most recent events. According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a subpoena issued in an investigation of ACORN by...
  • ACORN's Cross-Dressing Fake-Voter Makes Bertha Lewis a Liar

    10/08/2009 11:29:02 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 606+ views
    NY POST/The Lid ^ | 10/7/09 | The Lid
    Remember when Bertha Lewis Said that ACORN has never committed Voter Fraud? I had forgotten about this report we published here this past June: Back in October 2008 the NY Post reported that Darnell Nash, a person who has a criminal record both as a man and as a woman, was being investigated for registering to vote numerous times and cast at least one bogus vote with a fake address,all with the help of ACORN. This was part of a larger investigation of ACORN which revealed that nearly 4,000 registration applications supplied by the "community organizing" group were suspect.(See video...
  • ACORN's Pension Shell Games (Possible ERISA Violations)

    10/07/2009 10:09:00 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 18 replies · 1,293+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Oct 7, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    ACORN appears to have been involved in improper use of pension funds and this lawbreaking may yet land some of its officials in serious legal difficulties. That's according to F. Vincent Vernuccio, formerly a special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor (and an American Spectator contributor) and editor of
  • ACORN’s Liar-in-Chief Blames Everyone Except Herself

    10/07/2009 1:34:39 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 13 replies · 656+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | October 7, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    [caption id="attachment_10828" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="ACORN boss and embezzlement coverup co-conspirator Bertha Lewis spins a yarn about ACORN at Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club yesterday."][/caption] The current chief organizer of ACORN, who was up to her eyeballs in the $1 million embezzlement scandal at the embattled radical leftist group, lied and lied and lied some more in an appearance at the National Press Club yesterday. The contemptible Bertha Lewis, who now prefers to call herself "CEO" of ACORN, gave a "grand performance" at the press club, Glenn Beck said on his TV show Tuesday. Beck's right. Maybe she should get nominated...
  • ACORN Charges Republican McCarthyism

    10/07/2009 7:43:32 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 55 replies · 1,908+ views ^ | 10/7/2009 | Connie Hair
    ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis yesterday blamed the Bush administration for the organization’s woes and accused Republicans of “ACORN McCarthyism.” Lewis blamed Karl Rove for instigating the legal troubles the “community organizers” are facing. At this point, reports of ACORN illegal conduct have sparked a string of criminal investigations nationwide on charges of fraudulent voter registration activities.  Most recently, two young journalists caught ACORN staffers in a sting operation exposing tax and sex trafficking advice.  Both houses of congress have passed measures to de-fund the organization, Lewis was hosted by the National Press Club at a “Newsmaker” event yesterday where she...
  • $5 Million Embezzlement Report 'Completely False,' ACORN CEO Says

    10/06/2009 11:27:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies · 1,104+ views
    $5 Million Embezzlement Report 'Completely False,' ACORN CEO Says In a speech to the National Press Club, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis called embezzlement allegations "completely false" and defended the group's management and mission. Tuesday, October 06, 2009 ACORN's embattled CEO emphatically disputed on Tuesday a report by the organization's board of directors that $5 million was embezzled from the group, calling it "completely false." Bertha Lewis said the $5 million figure came from two former "disgruntled" directors who had since been voted off the organization's board. Lewis spoke after the internal review by ACORN's board was revealed to have...
  • ACORN's Lewis suggests opponents are racist

    10/06/2009 12:17:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 60 replies · 1,464+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2009 | Joseph Curl
    ACORN's Bertha Lewis charged Tuesday that accusations about the embattled community organizing group are racist, alleging that a coordinated political effort started by former Bush adviser Karl Rove sought to stop the group from registering minority voters. "For many years, there've been folks who've disagreed with our ideology or methodology that has gone after us," Mrs. Lewis, ACORN's chief executive officer, said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. "I mean we, back going to 2004, we now see through e-mails from Karl Rove from the previous administration that ACORN itself was targeted, targeted to go after...
  • Acorn Chief Denounces Air of ‘McCarthyism’

    10/06/2009 3:34:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 1,212+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2009 | Jim Rutenberg
    The Acorn chief executive, Bertha Lewis, met with reporters at the National Press Club in Washington this morning. It was one of several appearances she has made in the weeks since conservative videographers, posing as a pimp and a prostitute successfully elicited advice from the group’s counselors on tax evasion and securing housing for a brothel. But if critics and even some supporters are looking for an “apology tour,” they are not getting one. Ms. Lewis, rather, provided a defiant answer to her critics, even while acknowledging that the behavior of the Acorn workers who were caught on tape was...
  • GOP Rep. Darrell Issa Reacts to CEO Bertha Lewis' Defense of ACORN - Video 10/6/09

    10/06/2009 1:52:44 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 696+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa reacting to ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis claiming they are being unfairly treated even though they have followed the law. Issa said Bertha Lewis as CEO needs to lead ACORN to be more trasparent and conform to standard practices of non-profit organizations. The video cuts away to CEO Bertha Lewis who said the actions of ACORN employees in the undercover videos is "indefensible." She claimed that she has worked hard to change the culture and practices of ACORN during her tenure as CEO. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Bertha Lewis Says People Going After ACORN are RACIST

    10/06/2009 12:45:52 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 42 replies · 1,356+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 10/6/09 | The Lid
    When you are a community organizer and under attack there is only one thing to do, bring out the race card. The latest count shows ACORN under investigation in 20 states, its employees were charged with more than 50 counts of “election-related fraud,” and that ACORN has spent more than $1 million on restitution to avoid criminal prosecutions (although the Louisiana AG says that number is closer to $5 million). And that doesn't even count the videotape/prostitution scam. The is more than enough evidence to show that ACORN is corrupt throughout its vast organization and in so many ways. But...
  • Bertha Lewis strikes back!

    10/06/2009 7:40:12 AM PDT · by pabianice · 61 replies · 2,845+ views
    Fox News Live | 10/6/09
    Career criminal Bertha Lewis live now. "ACORN has never fraudulently registered anyone to vote. No Donald Ducks, no Mickey Mouses... these charges are being brought by dirty scoundrels who want to hurt diversity and community organizations... no one embezzled money from ACORN... ACORN has never been interested in registering voters... everyone should automatically be registered to vote... hidden videos only helped to empower ACORN critics because of the actions of a few... (rambling)... we take the need for self-evaluation very seriously... we have aided and abetted our critics with these false of over-blown charges... (you get the idea)...
  • More Thoughts on the Patrick Gaspard-ACORN Connection

    10/05/2009 1:29:13 PM PDT · by vadum · 182+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 5, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Kyle Olson of has more thoughts and evidence at on the connection between Obama White House political director Patrick Gaspard and ACORN. Gaspard used to be ACORN boss Bertha Lewis’s political director when she ran ACORN’s New York chapter. ACORN founder Wade Rathke now denies the connection after writing about it in a blog post but nobody except for a few gullible reporters actually believes Rathke at this point. Olson has been on ACORN’s case a long time and does good work.
  • Amount Embezzled From Acorn Is Disputed

    10/05/2009 6:47:17 PM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 30 replies · 1,246+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 5, 2009 | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    NEW ORLEANS — An internal review at Acorn, the embattled community organizing group, revealed that its founder’s brother had embezzled $5 million from the group, five times more than the amount disclosed, according to a subpoena served Monday by the Louisiana attorney general. But the organization’s chief executive denied that any internal review had revealed that figure.
  • ACORN embezzlement was $5 million, La. attorney general says

    10/05/2009 3:40:49 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies · 1,757+ views ^ | Oct 5, 2009 | By Robert Travis Scott
    An internal review by the board of directors of the community organization ACORN determined that the amount allegedly embezzled from the community organization was $5 million, well more than the previously reported amount of nearly $1 million, according to a new subpoena in an investigation by Louisiana Attorney General Caldwell. The subpoena, released this afternoon, says, "It is still unclear if some of the monies embezzled are from state, federal or private funds." ACORN Chief Executive Officer Lewis said the new accusation about the embezzlement is "completely false." She said she would comment further after she and ACORN attorneys have...
  • Steele applauded ACORN leader in speech

    10/05/2009 2:22:15 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 934+ views
    CNN ^ | Oct 5, 2009 | Peter Hamby
    Like other GOP leaders, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele took a harsh tone toward ACORN last month after several of the group's employees were caught on tape offering financial advice to activists posing undercover as a pimp and prostitute. On September 15, after the Senate voted to defund the community organizing group, Steele released a statement accusing ACORN of "nefarious activities," saying it uses "illegal means to achieve its ends." A few days later, on September 24, Steele called for congressional Democrats to investigate the "corrupt organization" and said damage control efforts by ACORN officials were "insulting." But during...
  • Breaking: Obama's White House ACORN Operative Fined $775,000 For Election Violations-Used Rapists...

    10/04/2009 10:19:46 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 21 replies · 2,064+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/5/09 | Gateway Pundit
    Breaking: Obama's White House ACORN Operative Fined $775,000 For Election Violations- Used Rapists & Burglars in Door-to-Door Registration Drives So where does a far left political operative land after his organization is fined $775,000 for election violations that included hiring rapists and burglars to register voters? Inside the Obama White House, of course. Obama's ACORN operative in the White House Patrick Gaspard is helping shape domestic policy-- From left: CECILIA MUŃOZ, director, intergovernmental affairs; MICHAEL STRAUTMANIS, public liaison; CHRISTOPHER LU, Cabinet secretary; HEATHER HIGGINBOTTOM, deputy director, Domestic Policy Council; PATRICK GASPARD, political director; PHIL SCHILIRO, director of legislative affairs; MELODY...
  • Breaking: Obama's White House ACORN Operative Fined $775,000 For Election Violations

    10/04/2009 6:23:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies · 3,118+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Oct. 4, 2009 | Jim Hoft
    - Used Rapists & Burglars in Door-to-Door Registration DrivesSo where does a far left political operative land after his organization is fined $775,000 for election violations that included hiring rapists and burglars to register voters? Inside the Obama White House, of course. Obama's ACORN operative in the White House Patrick Gaspard is helping shape domestic policy-- There have been several articles written lately about Barack Obama's ACORN advisor, Patrick Gaspard, who is currently serving in the White House. Gaspard has a long history of working with ACORN-affiliated organizations. Erick Erickson at RedState reported on Gaspard's close ties to ACORN: The...
  • Obama Political Director Gaspard Worked as Operative for ACORN Fronts, SEIU

    10/02/2009 9:15:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 1,008+ views
    NLPC ^ | October 1, 2009 | Carl Horowitz
    With each passing week, the shadowy radical political network that has made possible the career of President Barack Obama is being dragged into the sunlight. And almost all paths of this network, directly or indirectly, lead to or from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a virtual corruption machine of the Democratic Party Left. One of the more disturbing aspects of the White House-ACORN connection is that the White House political affairs director is one Patrick Gaspard. Gaspard doesn't register on the media radar screen in the way that his immediate Bush-era predecessor, Karl Rove, did. But as...