A Marxist Group, Not a ‘Liberal’ Group, Heckled Mitt Romney

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


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Anti-American radicals, not mere liberals, screamed at Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney at the Iowa State Fair, but you wouldn’t know that from most news reports.

The mainstream media fell down on the job by misreporting the name of the group whose obnoxious members (see CBS News video) badgered and heckled Romney on Thursday, shrieking and interrupting him as he attempted to share his views on reforming entitlement programs like Social Security.

Even though oceans of news articles on the Internet say a “liberal” group, the “Iowa Center for Community Involvement,” gave the former Massachusetts governor a hard time at a candidate forum, that group doesn’t appear to exist.

The error seems to stem from a mistake in an AP story by Philip Elliott. (In the old days, getting the name of a person or organization wrong was often a firing offense for reporters. Alas.)

In fact the group’s name is Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI), according to Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register. The group “is known for confrontational politics,” she notes.

That is an understatement.

That the ACORN-like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has been praised by Bill Moyers and labeled the “Most Valuable Grassroots Advocacy Group” of 2009 by John Nichols of The Nation magazine, tells you just about everything you need to know about the group. Nichols wrote approvingly of the group’s “in-your-face activism” and its frequent denunciations of banks.

Like ACORN, Iowa CCI blackmails lenders using the financial affirmative action law known as the Community Reinvestment Act. The organization brags about being the first group to use the law to “negotiate family farm loan agreements with banks.”

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  • CJS

    What is this garbage? ACORN, Bill Moyers, The Nation, Saul Alinsky, Marxist, blah blah blah.

    Ever wonder why people think "conservatives" are moron thug scum?

    • jasonz

      thats easy, because liberals are moronic scum. but i still dont get what your post has to do with anything.

    • trickyblain

      No suprise. The author of the piece completely humilated himself on the Daily Show, talking about how Obama supporters were offering crack in exchange for votes, amost other absurdites. Watch it here: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-30-

      • Stephen_Brady

        When you've said, "The Daily Show", you've said it all, when it comes to journalism.

        sarc/

      • http://matthewvadum.blogspot.com/ Matthew Vadum

        You can always count on left-wingers to lie.

        Trickyblain, you didn't even watch the video. You must have just read someone else's dishonest summary of it . I said community organizers exchange crack cocaine for votes. They do. I am referring to the incident in Defiance County, Ohio, in 2004. Look it up.

    • ebonystone

      You said it! ACORN, Bill Moyers, The Nation, Saul Alinsky, Marxist, — garbage indeed.

    • Angel

      There is nothing moronic about telling the truth. Of course, this is something you could not possibly understand.

  • jasonz

    time to start kicking ass and taking names…fight fire with fire. their goals are not negotiation, but conquest. you do not allow it to spread, you do not tolerate it, you CRUSH it by any and all means needed. silence themput the boot of freedom on their throats and press down til you hear the pop. any questions or comments? for thoes who think i am wrong, bring it. i want to hear your side.

    • Angel

      Prepare for the worst but hope for the best. I will continue the debate as long as I can or possible. If these pieces of garbage succeed in taking my freedom and my beloved republic away then I have something else plan. Something that involves a great deal of pain.

  • tanstaafl

    ACORN's tentacles seem to reach everywhere.

    • Fred Dawes

      Obama backs La RAZA AND ACORN With millions of TAX dollars a year

  • truthwillout

    Let's hear more about activist organizations, their world views, their tactics, and their supporters. The American people can handle the truth — if they can get it!

  • Fred Dawes

    The BS Is all over the place and the more hate Mitt Ronmey gets the more i like Mitt if the hispanci hate race boys hate Mitt he must be doing something good. And hell i like the idea he had many woman, sounds like a real guy unlike Obama.

  • theleastthreat

    Because Romney is the Republican front-runner. There were reports of the White House staff being part of a "kill Romney" plan and sheepish denials from Axelrod. If there is a connection between the WH and the Iowa group, I haven't heard of it but you never know. ('kill Romney' doesn't mean they actually want him dead, it means something less sinister in this case) Anyway, the Left is better organized than Conservatives are and there will be more of these tactics to come. The Left doesn't just give up and go away.

  • HamilcarB

    I'm glad the media call them "liberal" because it accentuates the link/symbiosis between mainstream "liberalism" and the far left. "Liberals" need to have their noses rubbed in the thuggism that is, after all, just a reflection and extrapolation of their own worldview and wishes.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Fortunately, our dear author is selling a book….

    • http://matthewvadum.blogspot.com/ Matthew Vadum

      Thank God for that.

    • Fred Dawes

      I hope so maybe a great book

  • JAY

    The "liberals" haven't repudiated the "anti-American radicals". The "liberals" seem to agree with and encourage the "anti-American radicals". It is hard to distinguish between he "liberals" and the "anti-American radicals."

  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Infidel 4 Ever

    Socialism is a Failure in Europe. See Spain, Portugal, UK, Ireland.

    Parsitical Socialism now trys to infect the US. It will NEVER succeed.

  • JohnC

    Thanks, a necessary clarification for the news of the day!

  • 1mrsdash

    Thanks for fleshing out who these jerks really were. This helps confirm my own belief that it is Governor Romney whom the Leftists/Democrats/Islamists AND the Big Government (fascist) Republican Globalists fear the most. Go Romney! Go back to Texas, Rick Perry.
    http://www.sunlituplands.org/2011/08/governor-ric

  • Amused

    oh ..and BTW , Romney wont get the nomination , for the same reason he didn't make it the last time . he's a MORMON . Thus unacceptable to the christian fundies , that the republican party is kow towing to . Instead of the most intelligent choice ,which IS Romney , the teabagger nutjobs who now run ruiffshod over the GOP will choose the biggest nutjob of all …Bachman . Or equally worse Perry or Palin . Good luck with that . I suspect another 4 more years of whining and handwringing over Obama .And you'll have no one but yourselves to blame .

  • Paul

    It looks like we may have two members of CCI in Amused and Darin posting here. They seem to be saying "move along, nothing to see here." Many people of good will thought communism died with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nothing could have been further from the truth. They call themselves "progressives" now and the ends still justify the means.

  • StephenD

    What bothered me is the ignorant ranting got him what he wanted. Why should he have gotten to air his question ahead of those respectful folks raising their hands? We start right there. If they are (and they ARE) ignorant enough to forego any sense of decency because their concern is so “weighty,” than we can be rude enough to shut them down and demand decorum. We shouldn't let them define the parameters of the discussion. The problem is they come armed for a fight and then dictate what the fight is about. Suddenly you're off guard and, in most cases, haven't the exact information to counter accusations or proposals, etc. Alinsky style all the way. If you notice, the question was “How are you going to support and enhance these wonderful programs.” There he clearly defines the programs as “wonderful” and considers it a foregone conclusion that everyone will “support and enhance” said programs. Instead of a fair question of where the candidate stands on such programs. Pretty slick but if we are aware going in, we stand a better chance of dealing with these Dolts, who have nothing new to offer.

  • Asher

    Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord. Agreed, Time to squash the Islamists and Communist Dictatorships! Obama's poll numbers are down to 39%, he can't B.S. his way to destroying us anymore!

  • TexExpatriate

    There's no essential difference between a so-called Liberal and a Marxist, Leninist, or Nazi. The common thread between them is they vote Democrat, hate America, and hate Liberty.

  • Amused

    That's allright Tex , just wait till you see what your homie Perry is upto . If that's the best you conservative fools can put up , morons like Backman , Perry or Palin , you're BLOODY WELL RIGHT I'LL VOTE DEMOCRATIC .Not to mention your statement above is that of an IDIOT .
    But you had better get used to the fact that the CENTRISTS and INDEPENDENTS [of which I am one } WE WILL DECIDE THE NEXT ELECTION.And if the only choic I have is Obama or a moron like Bachman or Perry , GUESS WHO I'm gonna vote for .Put uyp Romnery and I'll vote for him , but not the other MORONS . Especially the one from your state .

  • Amused

    And Stephen , if yopiu're gonna harp on the subject of "Decorum " better go talk to the idiots of the Teaparty who dont know what the words means , especially the idiot in Congress ,Wilson .

  • Amused

    Paul I would not validate your stupidity with a rebuttal . Besides you're incapable of understanmding any intelligent reply .

  • Stephen_Brady

    I thought the Daily Show had little to do with "revelations" of anything, and everything to do with parody and sarcasm.

    Tell me, Darin, do you believe what you hear on the Daily Show? Is it an accurate portrayal of conservative beliefs and principles? Have you ever heard a lie, while ***off to the show?

    Sorry to tell you this, but you will get a new revelation, in November of 2012. All the liars, thugs, and scum of the Left will not stop the flood of righteous anger and indignation that will pour out across America, when your precious BHO is sent back to the Marxist haven known as Chicago.

    You won't enjoy it, but I certainly will …

  • Amused

    Your remark is just as IMBECILIC as your screen name .