Facing New Voter Fraud Charges, ACORN Rebranding Continues


Glenn Beck hasn’t been paying much attention to ACORN lately — and that’s too bad.

He’s done the nation a great service by helping to publicize ACORN’s crimes against the American people and for that we should be thankful.

But there are so many other corrupt practices ACORN is guilty of. We have only just scratched the surface of the group’s crimes.

The public needs to know about the massive hoax that ACORN is now attempting to perpetrate on America.

The con goes like this: ACORN is trying to pass off various state chapters as supposedly new groups independent of ACORN. In this rebranding exercise state chapters are declaring that they have separated from the national ACORN group and reestablishing themselves as independent nonprofit entities.

At least four dummy nonprofit corporations have emerged from the rebranding process in recent months.

They are the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice (Massachusetts) and Arkansas Community Organizations. All four groups operate out of ACORN offices and are run by ACORN staffers. The president of New England United for Justice, Maude Hurd, just happens to be the 20-year national president of ACORN.

A leaked email from ACORN’s online director suggests ACORN will probably run out of money and fold by year’s end but a dozen ACORN state chapters reincorporated to seem like new, independent organizations will spring up in coming days to carry on ACORN’s business.

“The truth is that it is hard for us to forsee [sic] any scenario where ACORN continues beyond the end of 2010 and some of us think it might not last that long,” writes Nathan Henderson-James, director of ACORN’s online campaigns, in an apparently authentic Feb. 22 email.

“Last one to leave turn out the lights and wipe the server,” he writes at the end of the message.

The message from Henderson-James was forwarded to me by various sources who obtained it from the Google listserv Townhouse, an invitation-only discussion forum run by Matt Stoller, senior policy adviser to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).

Meanwhile, ACORN workers are facing fresh election fraud charges in Wisconsin.

The charges reminds the public that that the scandal-prone radical group is as determined as ever to cause trouble come election time.

In Milwaukee, Maria L. Miles and Kevin L. Clancy will face charges of felony election fraud for reportedly repeatedly registering the same individuals on voter-registration forms. Both of the former ACORN employees face up to three years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Milwaukee ACORN canvasser Latoya Lewis already was convicted of election fraud in October. All three cases arise out of the 2008 presidential election cycle.

Needless to say ACORN and its vote fraud arm, Project Vote, aren’t worried. To the nationwide network of hundreds of tax-eating nonprofit ACORN affiliates, it’s business as usual: another day, another vote-fraud scheme.

In related news, a racketeering lawsuit has driven ACORN out of Ohio. As part of the settlement, ACORN has agreed to surrender its right to do business in Ohio.

Whether it will actually honor the settlement is an open question.