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  • Left-wing organizing kingpin: Tea partiers out-organized Occupy Wall Street

    11/25/2011 3:40:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2011 | Michael Volpe
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) founder and Service Employees International Union organizer Wade Rathke acknowledged that the tea party movement has been more effective than Occupy Wall Street in influencing American politics. Rathke was unequivocal about the Occupy movement, telling The DC that “in no way has it had the political impact that the tea party movement has.” Yet because Occupy organizing is “still in its embryonic stages” while tea partiers have been organizing for more than two years, he cautions that “comparing the tea party movement to OWS...
  • 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. NLPC.org 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....
  • Got Rage?

    09/16/2011 11:16:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/16/2011 | Emma K. Emmett
    When I was assigned to write a about tomorrow’s ”Day of Rage,” organized by the likes of ACORN Founder Wade Rathke and SEIU’s Stephen Lerner I resisted it mightily. I heard a grumble in my lower intestine and a silent yell, “Nooooooooo, don’t make me, puhleeeeeze!” I knew the cognitive dissonance and just plain idiocy of a group that regularly claims to be more “tolerant” and “compassionate” than the rest of us and then incites hatred and chaos in order to declare themselves entitled to what other people earn, would put me dangerously close to head-exploding territory. Then, I settled...
  • The Latest from Wade Rathke, ACORN's Real Life Dr. Evil (VANITY)

    06/11/2011 10:00:52 AM PDT · by vadum · 5 replies
    Matthew Vadum blog ^ | June 10, 2011 | Matthew Vadum
    Wade Rathke, the America-hating 1960s radical who founded ACORN, isn't too happy with the adverse publicity he's been receiving lately as a result of my book Subversion Inc: How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books). Here's what cult leader Rathke, who's not a bad writer sometimes, has to say about yours truly: It isn’t hard to hear the death rattle of desperation in the latest farcical efforts of Congressman Steve King to try to revive a dying political career and a blogger trying to flack a mail-order book at the expense of...
  • “It’s not my job to tell people what to think” or Evil is a parasite on the good.

    02/14/2011 1:10:55 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 3 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Feb. 14, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    What Did Wade Rathke Know About Egypt that the CIA Didn’t and What Will Obama Do Now?Michael Gaynor at Emerging Corruption has done some digging into the situation in Egypt – about how much Wade Rathke knew about it beforehand and what influence Obama may wish to have on the situation now. Meanwhile... on to what the media thinks is more important. [caption id="attachment_15781" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="'The president says he’s a Christian. I accept him at his word,' said John Boehner. | AP Photo"][/caption] John Boehner speaking out of both sides of his mouth. Not his job to tell people...
  • Senate Sends ACORN’s Rathke Endorsed NLRB Nominee Back to Obama

    01/05/2010 7:14:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 507+ views
    bi government ^ | 1/5/10 | Don Loos
    Rather than carryover National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominee and current AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union lawyer Craig Becker until next year like most of president Obama’s nominees, the U.S. Senate sent a message back to the President about his nominations. While not a severed horse head in his bed … it is like the canary in the coal-mine. Right after the Becker nomination, The National Right to Work Committee posted this President Obama Personnel Alert video regarding Becker (link here) along with the Committee’s Becker Alert report (link here).
  • Louisiana Raids ACORN to Get To Bottom of Rathke Embezzlement Scandal

    11/06/2009 7:24:37 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 347+ views
    NO Times Picyune/The Lid ^ | 11/06/09 | The Lid
    According to a July 9, 2008 article in the New York Times, Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN’s founder, Wade Rathke, “embezzled nearly $1 million from Acorn and affiliated charitable organizations in 1999 and 2000.” The Times reported Dale Rathke embezzled $948,607.50, “carried as a loan on the books of Citizens Consulting Inc., which provides bookkeeping, accounting and other financial management services to Acorn and many of its affiliated entities.” ACORN “chose to treat the embezzlement of nearly $1 million eight years ago as an internal matter and did not even notify its board.” According to an October 10, 2008...
  • We need help with Rathke followers in Western Massachusetts on Nov. 9 and 10

    11/02/2009 3:40:59 PM PST · by Billg64 · 227+ views
    vanity | 11/2/09 | billg64
    On Nov. 9 Wade Rathke will be speaking at Springfield college,Marsh Hall in Springfield Mass at 7:0PM and at UMASS on Nov. 10, Gordon Hall at 4:00PM. We will be arriving a half hour early to both. When I say we, I mean the western Mass 912 project. Our signs will be aimed specifically at ACORN's and Rathke's legal problems; they will also be aimed at student age people. Apparently we have a troll on our site, they have discovered our plans and plan to counter us. I am asking for help from anyone that can make it. The following...
  • Need cartoon of teacher re-distributing grades

    10/31/2009 6:31:48 AM PDT · by Billg64 · 9 replies · 996+ views
    vanity | 10/31/09 | billg64
    Many of you are really good with visual presentations. Wade Rathke is giving a speech at Springfield College on the ninth. We will be protesting outside the hall. We want to pass out a flier depicting a professor re-distributing grades from hard working students to slackers; this as a clear example how socialism and "social justice" works. I am not good with art or drawing! If anyone out there has a cartoon or diagram similar to this, I would appreciate your sharing it with us as we are trying to change minds and influence the thoughts of the future generation.
  • The ACORN Plot Thickens

    10/25/2009 8:19:30 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 1,107+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 10/25/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Last week, longtime of head of ACORN's Louisiana branch, Beth Butler, was summarily fired from ACORN by a directive that came straight from ACORN's chief organizer, Bertha Lewis. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, this had to do with an internal struggle over where the power center would be, near Louisiana or in New York. At the time, I speculated that Butler, the common law wife of Wade Rathke, would join him at Community Organizations International. I was wrong. Several Louisiana ACORN leaders, including the recently ousted state leader, are expected to announce today that they have...
  • 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...
  • The Inside Story of the Firing of Beth Butler

    10/14/2009 12:26:00 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 765+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 10/14/2009 | Mike Volpe
    have spoken to a couple of current and former ACORN insiders and here's how they characterize the firing of Beth Butler. First, Beth Butler is the common law wife of Wade Rathke, the long time former CEO of ACORN. Butler was the head of the New Orleans branch of ACORN. That branch rivaled the New York branch, currently run by the Kest brothers, as the most profitable and most powerful. She was kept on after Rathke himself was removed following his dismissal in the aftermath of the revelations that he covered up his brother's embezzlement.
  • Rathke’s Reach: Critical ACORN Doc Found on Asian Website (link to insider docs)

    10/10/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT · by khnyny · 14 replies · 1,095+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | October 9, 2009 | Kyle Olson
    If one wonders or doubts Wade Rathke’s reach around the world, consider the following document found on a community organizing website in Asia and published on ACORNcracked.com. It has been well-documented that last year Rathke “left” ACORN U.S. to head over to ACORN International and export ACORN’s brand of organizing and tactics. He has since changed the group’s name to Community Organizations International. ACORN Community Organizing Model is not the type of document ACORN would wish to have on the Internet. For ACORN, is tantamount to Eisenhower’s plan for D-Day being printed on the front page of the Washington Post....
  • Fox News Special … Awesome Megyn Kelly takedown of Wade Rathke and Acorn

    10/03/2009 8:51:46 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 48 replies · 3,428+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | October 3, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    ...It was a Megyn Kelly interviewing Wade Rathke, founder and former and chief organizer of ACORN. My initial impression was this was a very fair and objective interview by Kelly. She took him through his formative years of the radical 60s to the present. As the show went on Kelly, with the help of Stanley Kurtz and others, proceeded to eviscerate Rathke to the point he boiled over. It was devastating.... But the revelations were only half the story. The special was powerful because it relied heavily, very heavily, on the subtle audio and visual effects pioneered by CBS’s “60...
  • ACORN Saga: Founder Wade Rathke Wants YOU To Go on Welfare (interview w/Rathke on Fox now)

    10/02/2009 6:14:47 PM PDT · by khnyny · 36 replies · 2,560+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | September 29, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) founder Wade Rathke wants to use the Internet to overthrow the capitalist system. He said so in his new book, Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families, in which he serves up some community organizing war stories, and offers his thoughts on the future of organizing. Rathke’s currently on a cross-country book tour. Rathke, a pioneer of the so-called welfare rights movement that aims to get Americans on welfare, devotes an entire chapter of his book to what he calls “The ‘Maximum Eligible Participation’ Solution.” It is a strategy for...
  • ACORN Legal Memo Confirms Depths of Troubles

    10/01/2009 3:29:31 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 3 replies · 620+ views
    American Spectator via Big Government.com ^ | October 1, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    “But whether you try to implement some or all of these recommendations, there must be someone committed to follow-up. There must be a review mechanism, and a means of holding people accountable after any final decisions are made. If you do not make some hard choices now and ensure they are carried out, they almost certainly will be made for you.” –Elizabeth Kingsley of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg Eisenberg LLP, in a prophetic legal memo to ACORN dated June 19, 2008, the day before ACORN’s national board ousted ACORN founder organizer Wade Rathke ACORN’s lawyer warned ACORN 15 months ago to...
  • ACORN's Prophetic Lawyer (must read)

    10/01/2009 10:51:21 AM PDT · by khnyny · 35 replies · 1,794+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | October 1, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    ACORN's lawyer warned ACORN 15 months ago to begin fixing its massive internal problems or face certain catastrophe. ACORN didn't listen. It let the problems fester. The advice from Elizabeth Kingsley of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg Eisenberg LLP came in the form of an eerily prophetic legal memo to ACORN dated June 19, 2008, the day before ACORN's national board fired disgraced founder Wade Rathke. The memo is a kind of Holy Grail for ACORN researchers. One source of mine keeps a copy in a safety deposit box. I've lost track of how many people have asked me over the last...
  • ACORN Founder Answers NRO's Questions

    10/01/2009 5:59:16 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 345+ views
    National Review ^ | 09/30/2009 | Mark Hemingway
    Last night, ACORN founder Wade Rathke spoke at Busboys and Poets, a Washington coffeehouse and well-known lefty hangout. Rathke was promoting his new book, Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families. Given the controversy over ACORN, you'd think the media would have been interested in Rathke's making a public appearence and taking questions. But you'd be wrong.
  • ACORN Founder Answers NRO's Questions (no MSM shows up)

    09/30/2009 3:11:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 749+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/30/2009 | Mark Hemingway
    Last night, ACORN founder Wade Rathke spoke at Busboys and Poets, a Washington coffeehouse and well-known lefty hangout. Rathke was promoting his new book, Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families. Given the controversy over ACORN, you'd think the media would have been interested in Rathke's making a public appearence and taking questions. But you'd be wrong. Besides NRO, only three media outlets showed up to cover the event: BigGovernment.com, The Nation, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Rathke's hometown paper). That was it. While Rathke's primary purpose was to discuss and promote his book, he did take a...
  • Former ACORN organizer worries about its future

    09/29/2009 10:49:05 PM PDT · by BAW · 34 replies · 1,684+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | Sep 29, 2009 | Jonathan Tilove
    Wade Rathke, the former chief organizer of ACORN, acknowledged that the organization he founded in 1970 is caught in a public storm that threatens its existence. "It's a Katrina-like storm for ACORN; they are in a perfect storm, " said Rathke, who left ACORN's leadership a year-and-a-half ago amid revelations about the alleged embezzlement of nearly $1 million from the community organization by his brother, Dale. The money has since been repaid. But Rathke, who lives in New Orleans where the national organization has had its headquarters -- it is relocating to Washington -- said he expects large and well-rooted...
  • How to fight poverty and live like a king

    09/28/2009 2:36:53 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 810+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 27, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    The image of ACORN as a racketeering organization just got another boost from court records revealed in the New York Post. Dale Rathke, brother of the founder Wade Rathke was charging lavish spending to the family business. Ginger Adams Otis of the Post reports: "American Express filed a claim against Rathke in 2003 in Louisiana civil district court. Among the court papers is a partial credit history that indicates Rathke had several different cards from different companies. He used them to shop at places like Gucci and Neiman Marcus, where he spent $1,003 and $1,742 respectively on July 6, 2000....
  • Hey, big spender! Lavish life of ACORN 'thief'

    09/27/2009 8:43:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 740+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 27, 2009 | GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    Former ACORN bigwig Dale Rathke racked up a $157,000 American Express bill that he couldn't repay around the time he was caught embezzling from the group founded by his brother Wade, The Post has learned. Rathke was a big spender with multiple credit cards who rang up purchases at luxury shops, traveled by limo and frequented five-star hotels and restaurants, court papers show. American Express filed a claim against Rathke in 2003 in Louisiana civil district court. Among the court papers is a partial credit history that indicates Rathke had several different cards from different companies. He used them to...
  • Kathleen Parker: ACORN, service union are hand and glove

    09/27/2009 6:52:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 1,542+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    While everyone in Washington is suddenly pretending they’ve hardly ever heard of ACORN, they might want to pretend they’ve never heard of the SEIU, one of the nation’s largest unions. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Service Employees International Union are tight as Heidi Klum and a new pair of jeans. You also don’t talk about either organization without mention of Wade Rathke, co-founder of ACORN and founder of SEIU Local 100 in New Orleans. Rathke, who resigned from ACORN last year as “chief organizer” after it became known that his brother embezzled almost $1 million...
  • Acorn: A Democratic Party Albatross

    09/18/2009 5:11:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies · 1,335+ views
    Forbes.com | Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 18, 2009 | Sol Stern
    If Obama wants to refute the charge that he has a secret socialist agenda, he now has the perfect opportunity. Congress finally took limited punitive action this week after the revelation on Fox News that employees of Acorn, the nation's biggest community organizing group, were dishing out advice to a pimp and his prostitute on how they could game the system to get subsidized housing loans and evade federal taxes. Our lawmakers' sudden outrage is all a bit rich--and risible. Even in the halls of Congress it's widely known that the sleaze now surfacing in Acorn offices all across the...
  • ACORN Founder Calls Conservative Attacks 'Complete Fabrication'

    09/23/2009 10:08:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies · 1,293+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 23, 2009 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The founder of ACORN, the community organizing group embarrassed recently in a video sting, says many of the accusations about the group are distortions meant to undermine President Obama and other Democrats. In an exclusive interview with the Post, founder Wade Rathke said conservative claims that ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a "criminal enterprise" that misuses federal and donor funds for political ends -- a claim contained in a report by House Republicans -- are a "complete fabrication." He said exaggeration and conjecture about the group are being passed off daily on cable television and...
  • Radicals Wrote Failed Stimulus

    09/21/2009 6:53:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 3,240+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Policymaking: If the stimulus isn't working, perhaps it's because it was largely written by a collection of leftist interest groups called the Apollo Alliance that counts among its directors a co-founder of the Weather Underground.The Labor Department reported Friday that 42 states lost more jobs than they gained in August, and that 14 plus Washington, D.C., reported unemployment rates of 10% or more. Michigan's rate rose to 15.2%, highest in the nation. Nevada, represented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is second with 13.2%. California, home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is tied for fourth with Oregon at 12.2%. Clearly,...
  • Sowing the seeds of destruction

    09/20/2009 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 900+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 20, 2009 | GINGER ADAMS OTIS and TIM PERONE
    Very, say longtime watchers of the extreme leftwing group that sprouted out of a radical 60s anti-government movement. For decades ACORN has presented itself as a grassroots network dedicated to improving the lives of the poor. But there's more to ACORN than its do-gooder veneer. Just ask the banks, corporations and politicians who've been the target of ACORN's shameless shenanigans over the past 40 years. Here's how the tiny seed of 1960s radicalism blossomed into a well-funded, national organization with political connections reaching all the way to the White House:
  • *CUBAN* National Discovered On ACORN Payroll in USA: In Connection w/ Election Fraud/Drugs (N.M.)

    09/19/2009 6:55:56 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies · 2,469+ views
    YouTube from KOAT-TV, Albuquerque (2004) ^ | 24 June 2008 | AmericanInTokyo
    ACORN Registration Forms Found In Apartment During Drug Bust. “A search of a northeast Albuquerque apartment as part of a drug investigation led to the discovery of about a dozen voter registration forms, police said. The forms were filled out and had dates from late last month, Albuquerque police said. Authorities had not determined the authenticity of the forms. The occupant of the apartment, a Cuban national, was arrested on drug charges. He told authorities he obtained the documents while working for the Association of Communities Organized for Reform Now or ACORN.” (“Albuquerque Police Find Voter Registration Forms At...
  • Missing ACORN Funds Spark Lawsuit, Power Struggle

    10/17/2008 4:24:22 PM PDT · by OPS4 · 18 replies · 1,247+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 10/17/08 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS — ACORN, the national activist group dogged by a high-profile voter registration fraud scandal, has another bruising item on its agenda when its board of directors meets here this weekend. Leaders of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now are locked in a legal dispute stemming from allegations that the brother of the group's founder misappropriated nearly $1 million of the nonprofit's money several years ago. The embezzlement case, a recent revelation to some board members, has spawned a lawsuit and set off a power struggle inside ACORN at a time when the liberal group's voter registration...
  • U.S. Bishops Cut All Funding to ACORN, Activities Funded Hard to Determine

    11/21/2008 8:37:13 PM PST · by ethics · 16 replies · 1,012+ views
    EWTN ^ | November 12, 2008 | Catholic News Agency
    Baltimore, Nov 11, 2008 (CNA).- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has not yet been able to determine if grants made to ACORN were used for fraudulent voter registration, but has cut off all funding to the community organizing group, Bishop Robert Morin announced on Tuesday. Shortly after addressing the full assembly of U.S. Catholic bishops, Bishop Morin spoke to reporters about what the bishops had learned concerning the use of grants from the CCHD to the group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which is currently under investigation in 13 states for voter fraud. CCHD originally...
  • Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

    09/16/2009 11:41:29 PM PDT · by South40 · 2 replies · 706+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2008 | James Simpson
    ACORN, the new tip of the Cloward-Piven spear In 1970, one of George Wiley's protégés, Wade Rathke -- like Bill Ayers, a member of the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) -- was sent to found the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now. While NWRO had made a good start, it alone couldn't accomplish the Cloward-Piven goals. Rathke's group broadened the offensive to include a wide array of low income "rights." Shortly thereafter they changed "Arkansas" to "Association of" and ACORN went nationwide. Today ACORN is involved in a wide array of activities, including housing, voting rights, illegal immigration...
  • Acorn's Cash For Hookers

    09/15/2009 5:52:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,615+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 15, 2009
    Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It's time to investigate.After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block...
  • Housing hustlers: 'Pimp' & 'hooker' expose ACORN's lawlessness

    09/15/2009 3:11:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1,054+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 14, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE radical activist group ACORN is the E.F. Hutton of prostitution. It stands ready to provide discreet advice on setting up a brothel and engaging in other associated acts of criminality. When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen. This has been established by an audacious video-sting operation undertaken by guerrilla conservative documentarian James O'Keefe, 25, and his sidekick Hannah Giles, 20. O'Keefe posed as a pimp and Giles as a prostitute seeking help getting a mortgage for a brothel. In cities around the country, workers for ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- happily obliged.
  • ACORN Founder Wade Rathke Wanted Terrorist Attack On Republican Convention to succeed

    09/13/2009 1:31:17 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 46 replies · 2,519+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Sept 13 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    ACORN founder Wade Rathke didn't have a problem with domestic terrorists trying to kill delegates at the Republican Party's national convention in 2008, former radical community organizer Brandon Darby suggests at Andrew Breitbart's new website Big Government. Darby, who got to see how the ACORN crime syndicate operates up close in New Orleans, writes that after he acknowledged that he helped the FBI foil a plot to attack the RNC convention in Minnesota Rathke denounced him on his blog. Darby writes . . .
  • ACORN Cracks Wide Open - (Apologies for Deja Vu) - 2008 Article

    09/10/2009 7:44:37 PM PDT · by Jo Nuvark · 11 replies · 1,448+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-12-08 | Carl. F. Horowitz
    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, is a network of nonprofit community groups formed nearly 40 years ago on the premise that banks, corporations and insurance companies, immersed in greed, have kept poor and predominantly minority neighborhoods desperate. Within the past couple months, however, its leaders have been engaged in the more mundane task of spinning a scandal that already has claimed its most visible leader. To longtime ACORN critics, it’s a case of belated just deserts. ***** At the center of this storm are ACORN co-founder and chief organizer Wade Rathke and his brother, Dale.
  • Marta Mossburg: Why Democrats lost the health care debate

    09/05/2009 3:14:23 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 26 replies · 866+ views
    Washington Examinner ^ | September 4, 2009 | Martha Mossberg
    Rathke lamented the infighting within different unions and the inaction of Democrats in Congress on behalf of low-income Americans. "We're not going to get what many of us thought was possible a year ago," he said. And even if organizers could unionize 100,000 or 150,000 Wal-Mart workers, no plan exists for how the organizations could handle the influx of new members, he said. One bright spot is overseas, Rathke said, where unions are signing thousands of garbage pickers in India and Argentine cartoneros, the ultrapoor in Buenos Aires who recycle cardboard and other trash.
  • The Apollo Alliance: Hijacking Our Country

    08/27/2009 6:25:56 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 841+ views
    Right Soup ^ | August 5, 2009 | Erin
    Note these names in particular: George Soros–Multi-billionaire funder of leftwing causes and groups, Tides Foundation’s Wade Rathke (ACORN founder), and Anna Burger–Secretary Treasurer of SEIU, with massive influence over Obama. The Alliance has boasted of writing both the stimulus bill AND Cap and Trade. And it is driving the Obama Reich’s agenda with unbelievable force.
  • Money for Nothing

    08/17/2009 9:16:15 AM PDT · by vadum · 4 replies · 789+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 17, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    (Admin: This is breaking news. Please do not remove.) Citizens Consulting Inc. (CCI), the shadowy financial nerve center of the embattled radical activist group ACORN, has filed false lobbying disclosure reports with Congress, according to Ron Sykes, a former ACORN employee. This revelation is important because, as former ACORN national board member Charles Turner said earlier this year on "The Glenn Beck Program," CCI "is where the shell game begins." "ACORN has over 200 different entities that the money gets moved around to - for this purpose to that purpose, this organization to that organization," said Turner. "We believe the...
  • ACORN'S RATHKE TELLS MEMBERS TO ACT NOW TO REALLY ENFORCE THE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT

    08/13/2009 4:45:11 PM PDT · by Kackikat · 32 replies · 1,078+ views
    Chief Organizer ^ | 08/13/09 | Kackikat
    Dauphine Island The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) passed in 1977 occupies a lot of space in my book, Citizen Wealth, because it is both arguably the single largest legislative victory achieved by community organizations over the last generation and because it has helped millions purchase homes, one of the most dramatic creators of citizen wealth for lower income and working families, especially in minority communities. The Obama Administration has proposed a super-cop, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), to ensure that CRA and other consumer protections are fully followed and enforced across the gamut of financial institutions. Yippee, yi-ky-yay! Thank...
  • Video Shows ACORN Founder Wade Rathke Plotting America's Downfall

    07/29/2009 7:29:30 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies · 2,277+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7.29.09 @ 8:23PM | By Matthew Vadum
    Rathke is a pioneer of the so-called welfare rights movement that aims to get Americans on welfare. He devotes an entire chapter of his book to what he calls "The 'Maximum Eligible Participation' Solution." It is a strategy for orchestrated crisis that savvy leftist groups across America are likely to embrace. Rathke confirms ... that he is pursuing this strategy that calls for all Americans eligible for welfare payments to pursue every penny the law "entitles" them to. He urges people to "make sure that other people in the community" are actually getting their due from the government. The Maximum...
  • Wrathful Wade Rathke

    07/16/2009 5:15:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 629+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July, 16, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) founder Wade Rathke wants to use the Internet to overthrow the capitalist system. He said so in his new book, Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families, in which he serves up some community organizing war stories, and offers his thoughts on the future of organizing. Rathke, a pioneer of the so-called welfare rights movement that aims to get Americans on welfare, devotes an entire chapter of his book to what he calls "The 'Maximum Eligible Participation' Solution." It is a strategy for orchestrated crisis that savvy leftist groups across...
  • Too Good To Check: How the Conservative Media Smeared ACORN

    06/23/2009 9:08:12 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 761+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 06/23/2009 | Mike Volpe
    It started as a rumor told by insiders to media. Insiders believed that all the revelations were making the ACORN brand so toxic that they may have to change it. Then, ACORN Intl. changed its name and they thought that was an indication they were. Of course ACORN Intl. is NOT ACORN. Yet, for whatever reason, that's how it was reported by Washington Examiner columnist Kevin Mooney. Moonedy has been on television speaking about ACORN.
  • Labor Chaos (Break In,Union Docs Stolen,UNITE HERE Raynor Resigns, SEIU Stern Investigated)

    05/29/2009 3:37:52 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 16 replies · 1,368+ views
    Chief Organizer.Org ^ | May 29th, 2009 | Wade Rathke
    New Orleans Sensitive, internal memos and financial information are leaking like a sieve exposing vulnerabilities in some of our storied unions. This hurts workers and all of us. In labor we need some real leadership and something like a “Geneva convention” or UNITE, HERE, and SEIU ménage de trios is now breaking out. In the bitter court battle and divorce struggle within UNITE HERE as they try to unwind the merger of their organizations several years ago and reassemble various pieces into a new formation or in the former UNITE case to affiliate with SEIU, like the worst of Hollywood...
  • Glenn Beck ACORN History 05 28 09 Part 1

    05/29/2009 7:14:30 AM PDT · by keep your powder dry · 6 replies · 486+ views
    a video link: Cloward-Piven Strategy, Wade and Dale Rathke, ACORN and Obama.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O373c7Up4KQ
  • ACORN Metastasizes to Canada and Elsewhere

    05/20/2009 1:34:08 PM PDT · by vadum · 11 replies · 433+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | May 20, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    I had known that ACORN was involved in Canada but hadn't known exactly how. ACORN International, a New Orleans-based nonprofit entity with offices outside the U.S., now has three offices in Canada, according to its website. The headquarters is in Toronto with two other offices in Vancouver and in the Canadian capital, Ottawa. Whether these offices are more than mail drops is unclear. ACORN disclosed in a 2006 report (see pages 14 and 15 of large PDF file) that the group has "an emerging partnership with the British Columbia Government Employees Union (BCGEU)." The report also states that "Katrina Rebuilding...
  • Another ACORN scandal – in a funeral home?

    05/15/2009 3:29:24 AM PDT · by Man50D · 32 replies · 3,564+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 14, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    Fox News' Glenn Beck may have uncovered another twist to a series of ACORN's alleged scandals when he revealed on his show that the group's main affiliate is operating out of a former New Orleans funeral home and bringing in millions of taxpayer dollars. The Service Employees International Union's New Orleans headquarters location that also houses ACORN is supposed to be home to more than 270 related corporations and non-profits. "Does that former funeral home look big enough to you to house 270 organizations?" Beck asked. "The owner of the building is a company whose partners are – oh my...
  • ACORN: Table of $3 Million-Plus in Unpaid Back Taxes

    10/27/2008 7:52:43 AM PDT · by vadum · 8 replies · 1,309+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 27, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    ACORN & Co.: Community Organizers and Tax Cheats This table, based on public records, reflects some of the largest of those active tax liens and now-released tax liens pertaining to ACORN and affiliates that list 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117 as their address. A tax lien is issued only after other attempts to collect the tax debt have been made and the tax debt is seriously delinquent. If the lien has been released, that means that after the debtor failed to pay the tax owing, it either paid the tax owing or made arrangements to pay satisfactory...
  • “ACORN: Who Funds the Weather Underground’s Little Brother?”

    10/27/2008 12:33:06 AM PDT · by vadum · 7 replies · 1,450+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 27, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    FOR INTERVIEWS MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT Capital Research Center communications director LARRY FARNSWORTH at Crosby Volmer International Communications (202) 232-6574A slightly different version of Matthew Vadum's 9,500-word "ACORN: Who Funds the Weather Underground's Little Brother?" (Foundation Watch, Nov. 2008) is now available here. This second advance uncorrected proof contains more information and another table (showing some of the many government liens filed against ACORN for unpaid back taxes). The report unravels the web of deceit, money-laundering, and possibly illegal activities by the radical left-wing community group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). On Friday, Capital Research Center released ”In...
  • ACORN Founder’s Brother, Embezzler Dale Rathke, Likes to Party

    10/26/2008 2:29:35 PM PDT · by vadum · 5 replies · 3,036+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 26, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    ACORN embezzler Dale Rathke (shown at left) enjoys the good life at the 18th Annual New Orleans Film Festival in 2007. Photo: www.newyorksocialdiary.com* * * * *We found a fun little photo (above) of Dale Rathke out on the two in New Orleans last year while his brother, ACORN founder Wade Rathke and senior ACORN officials such as national president Maude Hurd were busy covering up the close to $1 million that Dale stole from ACORN. Earlier this year the story about Dale stealing money from ACORN broke. He embezzled the money from ACORN in 2000 and the coverup lasted...
  • ACORN Loves High Taxes But Doesn’t Bother Paying Them

    10/25/2008 1:59:42 PM PDT · by vadum · 11 replies · 406+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 25, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Capital Research Center has discovered that ACORN, which relentlessly argues for higher taxes, can’t be bothered to actually pay its own taxes. In the November Foundation Watch we report: Ironically, ACORN and its affiliates, all reliable cheerleaders for higher taxes, are longtime tax deadbeats. A search of public records found more than 200 tax liens adding up to more than $3.7 million are associated with groups that share ACORN’s address on Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans. The most recent lien, in the amount of $23,383, was filed by the IRS against an ACORN affiliate, American Workers Associates Inc., on...