ACORN Front Group Destroys Evidence of OWS Ties

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Even more convincing evidence linking the ACORN network to Occupy Wall Street has emerged. The protests, which have spread to dozens of other large U.S. cities, are part of what ACORN’s neo-communist founder Wade Rathke calls an “anti-banking jihad.”

After I reported a month ago that ACORN front group New York Communities for Change (NYCC) was raising money for Occupy Wall Street, NYCC is in turmoil. is reporting that NYCC executive director Jon Kest, a longtime ACORN activist and brother of former ACORN executive director Steve Kest, is in panic mode. “They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said a source inside NYCC.

Instead of responding to allegations, NYCC is spending its time demonizing Fox News. According to NYCC board member Jean Sassine the group is blameless:

New York Communities for Change participates in protests, direct action, social activism and campaigns that promote social and economic justice. We see FOX as the enemy to those efforts. For the record, this is consistent with Fox attacks on Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, George Soros, Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood and all those who stand for social justice. Once again, FOX entertainment poses as FOX News. Once again, FOX makes a series of false, unsubstantiated claims and accusations which have no basis in fact. Once again, through a series of sources FOX structures a story which is nothing but a series of lies.

Lying in order to misdirect its adversaries has long been ACORN’s public relations strategy. All throughout the pimp and prostitute video saga in 2009 ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis told blatant falsehoods about the unethical behavior of ACORN employees. The leaders of ACORN and its successor groups know they can lie and cover up because the mainstream media will never call them to account.

Meanwhile, Kest has threatened and fired employees, destroyed documents, ordered staffers not to speak to the media, and is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its headquarters in Brooklyn.

NYCC’s draconian crackdown on its own workers has a precedent: ACORN had a lousy employee relations track record too. It habitually stiffed workers, told workers to commit voter registration fraud, busted attempts to unionize the group, asked to be exempted from paying the minimum wage, and sent women to canvass alone at night in bad neighborhoods, as I documented in my new book, Subversion Inc.

NYCC officials “reminded us that we can get fired, sued, arrested for talking to the press,” said an NYCC insider.

At an emergency meeting NYCC organizing director Jonathan Westin played semantic games. According to a source:

It was pretty funny. Jonathan told staff they don’t pay for protesters, but the people in the meeting who work there objected and said, “Wait, you pay us to go to the protests every day?” Then Jonathan said “No, but that’s your job,” and staffers were like, “Yeah, our job is to protest,” and Westin said, “No your job is to fight for economic and social justice. We just send you to protest.” Staff said, “Yes, you pay us to carry signs.” Then Jonathan says, “That’s your job.” It went on like that back and forth for a while.

As I previously reported, the Working Families Party, another ACORN front group, is participating in the protests by raising money and paying for rent-a-mobs in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

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  • NotaBene

    I think Mr. Vadum has an inflated sense of his own importance.

    • pagegl

      I think you're confusing Vadum with the ACORN folks.

  • Ezra

    “It’s nice to see democracy at its best,” said OLÉ president Mary Lee Ortega.

    If this is democracy, whoa to America we truly are already dead!!!

  • Morrismajor

    What is Dave now a FOX pr man too?

  • StephenD

    ACORN ~ By any other name is still…plain nuts!

  • Spider

    I only have one thing to say about ACORN and its from groups and affiliates – UP URS COM-MIE PIGS !

  • UCSPanther

    Once again, ACORN showed its hand, and just like with their meddling in the election with Obama, it will backfire on them when the smoke clears.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Let's face it, folks — voter fraud is almost zero because our votes are worth almost zero.

    "You know, comrades," says Stalin, "that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how."

  • Brujo Blanco

    There’s a saying, “If you do not a knowledge a problem then you do not have a problem.”. The left says there is no voter fraud but try to stifle any investigation of alleged voter fraud. If it does not exist then an investigation will verify that. Voter fraud when identified is not generally investigated. There was a big blow up regarding a group of Johns Hopkins student proved that dead people were voting in Maryland. Because of the success they were accused of violating the privacy rights of the privacy rights of the dead. There was substantial voter fraud committed by ACORN. Problem is that when identified the investigations are not thorough and in depth. Every bonifide vote should count. One fraudulent vote cancels out one legal vote.

  • alexander

    remember this black…….. gentleman…. from ACORN?:

  • Herman Caintonette

    Tell the whole truth, Cheezy. The "highest voter fraud rate in the country" is damn near zero. According to the independent and highly-respected League of Women Voters:

    "Myth: Voter fraud is rampant in our elections, casting doubt on the legitimacy of the winner.

    Fact: Actual cases of fraud are rare. There have been many investigations, but few cases have been substantiated. Then-Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer reported that only 14 people out of approximately 2,800,000 voters fraudulently cast ballots during the 2004 election in Minnesota– a fraud rate of .0005 percent."

  • Herman Caintonette

    Says you. I'm more inclined to agree with the League of Women Voters, which says there is not a problem. Compared to the scourge of counting problems, it isn't even a rounding error.

    Think about it. To actually affect an outcome, you'd need a conspiracy of people numbering in the thousands. By contrast, the Bush Administration could well have facilitated 9/11 with a conspiracy of about 20-30 people. If that is unlikely, this is next-to-impossible.

    We all know what this is about: a scheme to disenfranchise those voters who are inclined to vote Democratic.

  • Maxie

    "According to the independent and highly-respected League of Women Voters."

    "independent!!? "highly-respected"?! You and Bill Mahre would make a great Cool Ade drinking comedy team. The Abbot & Costello of Moonbat America. You could call yourselves The Marx Brothers. MARX brothers!? Get it?