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Friday, May 29, 2009

The Truth About ObamACORN
by Michelle Malkin

Leftwing groups in Washington, D.C., are panicked. The New York Times and other Team Obama whitewashers are downplaying
the connection between the Obama presidential campaign, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN) and Obama's old employer Project Vote (ACORN's nonprofit canvassing arm). Alas, the truth keeps seeping out.

At a closed-door powwow hosted Thursday at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, activists discussed how to combat
a relentless stream of corruption charges from ACORN/Project Vote whistleblowers. But it's too late for a reputation bailout.
Former Project Vote official and whistleblower Anita MonCrief has harnessed the Internet to crowd-source a massive cache of
documents showing ties between Obama staff members and the supposedly "nonpartisan" ACORN operations.

Last fall, The New York Times abandoned an investigation into whether Obama had shared donor lists with Project Vote, a 501
(c)(3) organization that is prohibited from engaging in political activity. Public editor Clark Hoyt earlier this month called it "the
tip that didn't pan out." Critics suggested the donor lists could have been compiled through public records. But I have
obtained the lists -- not only of Obama donors, but also lists of Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry
contributors. The records include small donors to the Obama campaign, who are not disclosed in public campaign finance
databases. It's information only a campaign could supply.

MonCrief testified under oath last fall that her then-boss, Karyn Gillette, gave her the Obama donor list and told her the
campaign had furnished it. Moreover, e-mail messages between ACORN, Project Vote and other affiliates, including ACORN
subsidiary Citizens Services, Inc. (CSI), make explicit references to working on "Obama campaign related projects." The "list of
maxed out Obama donors" is specifically mentioned in staff e-mail. Another message from ACORN/Project Vote official Nathan
Henderson-James warns ACORN and affiliated staff to prepare for "conservatives … gearing up a major oppo research project
on Obama."

Henderson-James wrote, "Understand I'm not suggesting that we gear up to defend a candidate's campaign." But that, of
course, is exactly what the ACORN enterprise did.

Why does this matter? Transparency, tax dollars and electoral integrity. ACORN's own lawyer Elizabeth Kingsley acknowledged
last year that a vast web of tax-exempt ACORN affiliates were shuffling money around -- making it almost impossible to track
whether campaign rules and tax regulations were being followed. ACORN receives 40 percent of its revenues from taxpayers.
Americans deserve to know whether and how much commingling of public money with political projects has occurred over the
last four decades -- and what role the Obama campaign played in this enterprise.

Remember: Last August, the Obama team admitted its failure to properly disclose $800,000 in payments to CSI -- which works
hand in hand with Project Vote and the ACORN parent organization. Obama mysteriously reclassified the campaign advance
work expenditures as "get-out-the-vote" activities. Nary a peep from electoral integrity watchdogs.

Despite heated denials from Team Obama, the links between ACORN, Project Vote and CSI are inextricable. As Obama himself
reminded ACORN leaders after its political action committee endorsed his presidential candidacy in February 2008:

"I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That's
the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of
it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I
ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work."

As I've reported before, the Obama campaign's "Vote for Change" registration drive, run simultaneously with ACORN/Project
Vote, was an all-out scramble to scrape up every last unregistered voter sympathetic to Obama's big-government vision.

In an e-mail message to whistleblower MonCrief last summer, New York Times reporter Stephanie Strom told the truth: "The
real story to all this is how these myriad entities allow them to shuffle money around so much that no one really knows what's
getting spent on what." By Oct. 6, 2008, Strom had thrown in the towel in the wake of blistering phone conversations with the
Obama campaign.

She wrote: "I'm calling a halt to my efforts. I just had two unpleasant calls with the Obama campaign, wherein the spokesman
was screaming and yelling and cursing me, calling me a right-wing nut and a conspiracy theorist and everything else. … I'd still
like to get that file from you when you have a chance to send it. One of these days, the truth is going to come out."

It's only just begun.

WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT (DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN) GIVE THE
FOLLOWING SPEECH

My Fellow Americans:
As you all know, the defeat of Iraq regime has been completed.
Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.
This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30
days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict.
This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.
The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be
distributing copies of both lists later this evening.
Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely.
The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.
The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell-holes and watch those government leaders
grow fat on corruption.
Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.
In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still
have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations: Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and
all your friends from the face of the earth. Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.
I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help,
comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mesamis.
I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more
than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about
whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch
your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.
A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2.  Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might
want to try not pissing us off for a change.
Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a
couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put 'em? Yep, border security. So start
doing something with your oil.
Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.
We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska - which will take care of this country's oil
needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a
country and move there. They care.
It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism.. I answer them by
saying, "darn tootin."
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about
everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. It is time to
eliminate World Cup Soccer from America. To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thanks guys. We owe you and we won't
forget. To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.
God bless America.
Thank you and good night.
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

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