ACORN: Puppet Master of Occupy Wall Street

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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SEIU board member Stephen Lerner has vowed to do his part to drive a stake through the heart of capitalism. Lerner says he wants to “bring down the stock market” through a campaign of disruption. He said last week that SEIU plans to terrorize bank executives at their homes.

Last year George Goehl, executive director of Chicago-based National People’s Action, said that “the banking crisis” was “the next big thing,” and “the way to build a big economic justice movement in this country.”

Meanwhile, ACORN’s new front groups are also deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In Pennsylvania, Action United said it plans to participate in Occupy Pittsburgh on Oct. 15. Organize Now will be occupying Orlando, Florida, on the same day.

New York Communities for Change (NYCC), led by longtime ACORN lobbyist Jon Kest, is one of the major protest groups leading the demonstrations in lower Manhattan. Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment is leading the Occupy L.A. protests.

New England United for Justice, which is headed by former ACORN national president Maude Hurd, is participating in the related “Take Back Boston” protests in Massachusetts, according to watchdog group Judicial Watch. Hurd is a close political ally of Boston mayor Thomas Menino.

The influence of ACORN on the Wall Street protests should have been clear by the unhinged nature of much of the demonstrations. The question is really only whether the radical outfit will push the mob into more and more extreme behavior. Determining the answer to this question will likely not be pleasant.

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  • crackerjack

    If ACORN is "…aimed at destabilizing the nation’s financial system," they could use a few lessons from Wall Street. LOL.

    Why is the TEA Party not confronting Wall Street and leaving it up to ACORN? Because Wall Street funds the Tea Party.

    • mrbean

      Debating rat-brained Libtards like you is like trying to clean up a pile of dog feces with a weedeater. You will just get smeared with their filth. Debate is the wrong tool for the job. Libtards are worthy of nothing but scorn and ridicule. So…. you are so stupid that you don't even suspect you are stupid.

    • tagalog

      The principal destabilizing of the nation's financial system has come from the federal government, from its earliest sources to the present, and continuing. Those who run the markets are just standing pat, waiting for the government to stop circling the field and come down for a landing.

    • Fred Dawes

      The way things are goin we will see blood soon

  • davarino

    crackpipe thinks the Tea Party is funded by Wall Street. Wrong, the administration and the left are funded by Wall Street and you/protestors are useful idiots. They are using you/protestors to distract from Obama's terrible record and ongoing fiascos in order to win another four years. Once re-elected nothing is going to happen to Wall Street, nothing will change but you will get your workers paradise. Ah, the workers paradise, I'm sure you will love it just as much as the Russians loved it during the reign of the Soviet Union. That worked out so well, ask any Russian.

    • derekcrane

      You are correct davarino. Obama received nearly $15 million from Wall Street in the 2008 election cycle. See: http://influenceexplorer.com/industry/securities-

      • crackerjack

        If Obama and the Left are funded by Wall Street, why isn't the Tea Party protesting against Wall Street?

        The Tea Party marches against the administration, against the senate, against congress, even against the GOP, but suddenly back down when it comes to Wall Street. The Tea Party guards Wall Street and Wall Street supports the Tea Party.

        • Rifleman

          Because the root of the problem is the government, not Wall St. Like davarino and derik said, The dp gets a lot more money from Wall St. than the GOP. Tea partiers support the market, investment, and wealth creation, and the left wants to milk, bleed, and corrupt Wall St. until it's dead.

  • maturin20

    Good Americans, all of them. Soon you'll be calling ACORN an OAK. An Organization of American Kickassery.

    • astra

      No, ACORN and OWS will outlive it's usefulness to B.O. when the time comes.
      Then we'll all be kept "equal"
      …by hatchet, axe and saw.

  • tanstaafl

    Street theater as a distraction for the sins of Obama…..

  • StephenD

    If you have a grievance you ought to have a means of redress. If the system is not working you have a right to change it. The problem then becomes, change it to what? What, specifically, is your grievance? Most of those "protesting" are being played and don't even know it. They're Helter Skelter approach only feeds the true purpose of the powers behind these mobs which is to create Anarchy. It is like watching a stage play written by Machiavelli. The fools destroy the existing system and all hell breaks loose. People begin to go hungry and martial law is declared until…along comes the great benefactor. “The One” who will bring peace and order. The only problem is you are now to be his subjects rather than citizens. I contend these babbling idiots are prime for the slaughter and ripe for a Tyrant. Should this thing play out, the final act won’t be good.

    • Jim_C

      ?? This is essentially the TEA party looking at the other side of the equation. If you ever read what liberals said about the TEA partiers you'd see they said exactly the same thing as you guys are saying, here.

      Yeah, it's disorganized and has a bunch of weirdos. So did the TEA party.

      You may be the one getting played. The people of this country have taken to the streets, once in the form of a "taxed-enough-already" protest, now in the form of "big business has corrupted the democratic process" protest. Each side is missing a key ingredient and looking for scapegoats.

      Bottom line, basically put, people are wondering why Wall Street gets bailouts after turning people's savings into casino chips while people who play by the rules don't. That's simplistic, because I personally don't blame Wall Street for doing their jobs–but it points to the collusion with government that has usurped power, grown government AND grown the income gap.

      Seriously: if both sides figured out what they had in common, we'd have something like a revolution, here.

      • StephenD

        Then instead of Wall Street they should be at the White House.

      • Ted

        Though I mostly agree with your sentiments, where I disagree is I believe the TEA party was an honest grassroots protest from everyday people and citizens that were quite literally fed up with the corruption in our government and the lie that we can solve it all by just giving the government more of our money, while this group is not.
        The liberal left and the lamestream media claimed the tea party protests were manufactored when they were not, and then they try to claim that the occupy wall street was spontaneous when it was not, it was in fact mostly manufactored by the groups like acorn and seiu etc. in fact some breaking news is that some protesters are actually getting paid.
        It is hard to deny how obvious this is in support of obama's disgusting class warfare and redistributative propaganda.

    • elvis957

      amen!

  • gluedtotheroof

    Just a thought, are all these people unemployed? Why aren't they at work? With the economy and job status as it is, shouldn't they value their employment and paycheck?

  • Lou

    Your reasoning Crackerjack that the Tea Party is funded by Wall Street is about as fubared as a football bat. Tea Party fundamentals are centered around less government and LESS special interest groups or institutions(read: Wall Street crooks and mega-banks) and is NOT affiliated with the Republican party, period. The only reason Tea Party folks are not concerning themselves with the foolishness of ACORN is because ACORN is nothing more than a bunch of communist/socialist extremists behind the curtains of a known shady, corrupt leftist organization who is well known and responsible for several criminal acts of voter fraud and corruption… So spare us the red herring. Let ACORN’s puppets make bigger fools of themselves or end up in jail. Meanwhile, the Tea Party will address this issue properly when Ron Paul takes the 2012 election in a surprise win, then the REAL CHANGE of fixing this country back to the principles our Founding Fathers intended can begin.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    BAILING OUT THE LEFT, OR NO BUMS LEFT BEHIND

    What do the filthy, dirty, violent, mooching leftist losers of the anti-American, business hating, Occupy Wall Street movement want? One poster slogan says it all, "THE BANKS GOT BAILED OUT WE GOT LEFT OUT!." In other words, these bankrupt human beings want to be bailed out like the banks, not by the government which is broke, but by the financial institutions and corporations which busted the government when billions were given them. These empty, miserable, envious souls are greedy for corporate wealth; for that $2 trillion dollars in sidelined cash that corporate America is sitting on unspent because of regulatory uncertainty.

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  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    In other words, they want what isn't theirs, want what they haven't earned, want what they're not entitled to. In short, they "want the world and and it now!" as acid freak Jim Morrison sang in the 60s. This is the last hurrah of Woodstock Nation; the terminal convulsions of 1960s counterculture radicalism; its last collective fling before it burns out and dies. It is the hard left's last shot at transforming the American Dream into an egalitarian communist nightmare-the revolution that never came, Obama's "More Perfect Union." These fringers want the banks, financial institutions and corporations to pay their fair share, not to Washington but TO THEM; to subsidize their non-productive, hedonistic, drug abusing, rock n roll lifestyles. Those who have given up on life and lack the will to succeed want a new, massive spread the wealth program tailored to their desires and needs. The time has come for the real revolution. The time has come for NO BUMS LEFT BEHIND.

    Click my name to continue reading this piece.

  • Ben

    Leftists respect just the rude force so that the contemporary police fail to demonstrate.
    Conservatives and all sensible people would counter-demonstrate this gangs.

  • astra

    I kicked and ACORN dudes ass three years ago for calling me a spic. He still runs away scared when he sees me around the city.
    Pussies.

    • johnnywoods

      Hey astra, Speaking of pussies, the main reason that most of those young guys are there is for the free drugs and "poontang". I saw that during the 70`s anti-war protests here in Austin at Univ. of TX.

  • BLJ

    I love the way the MSM is treating these loser scumbags with kid gloves. When they report on any Tea Party event they treat it like Birmingham 1963. ACORN is an anti-American organization that has the approval of Comrade Obama and his goons.

    As much as it would be nice to see these "people" get their butts kicked it is better to
    just let them continue to make fools out of themselves. I am sure some of Obama's corrupt union friends are bankrolling them.

    This whole sham is just part of the master plan to divide this great nation by class warfare. Like anything else these delusional losers touch it will turn into failure.

  • LindaRivera

    The Obama administration is now requiring banks to lower mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit as part of a new crackdown on alleged "discrimination."

    The vicious attacks to utterly DESTROY the American economy never stops. Why are Americans so hated?

  • LindaRivera

    Obviously, Wall Street is not the place to protest. The correct place to protest is outside the White House whose failed and disgraceful policies are DESTROYING our country.

    An inferior health care plan that no one wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow. Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing.

    The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries, including the oil-wealthy Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions and laugh all the way to the bank with free infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless, neglected Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

  • SlowDeathofReason

    The bottom line is, to me, just this – only one group has the power to take away my property by use of force …. the government! Goldman-Sachs and B.O.A. have no power over my life or my money. If I want to stop unjust tax fraud and financial corruption, if I want to keep what I earn – and earn what I keep – then I have to reduce and limit the power of that government. Period! That was precisely the intent of the founders of the U.S.A.

  • BLJ

    It figures that ACORN would be supporting a group of nuts.

  • altnewsreport

    thanks for writing / reporting on this. I've been on it for at least 5 days. I have more dots for you all to connect right here:
    http://alternativenewsreport.net/2011/10/12/patri

    I have about 6 other reports on the Obama connection to OWS that all should see and share. OWS IS NOT a leaderless movement. That's propaganda and its a lie.

    Altnewsreport

  • Fred Dawes

    Puppet show the big BS its all a puppet show, what we need is to understand who obama real master is? by the way it will mean nothing in 3 weeks.

  • Occupying the Cabal

    Little do you fools realize that 30 feet beneath Liberty Square is a lair containing our true puppet masters: Bill Ayers, NPR executives, the guy that doctored Obama's birth certificate, and the puppeteers from Sesame Street…

    Muhahahahaha!

  • Ben

    If Maude Hurd is such a "Political Ally of Boston Mayor Tom Menino" and New England United for Justice is leading the Occupy Boston Protests….then why did Menino have 130 Protesters arrested on Tuesday night? Hmmmmmmmm me thinks your full of crap