Occupy Wall Street’s ACORN Rent-A-Mobs

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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Nowadays WFP goes to great lengths to try to convince onlookers that it is separate from ACORN, the disgraced Saul Alinsky-inspired activist group. The shell corporation that ran the 370-plus affiliate strong ACORN network filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last November, but its state chapters changed their names and continue to operate. The vote-manufacturing nonprofit Project Vote, which used to employ Barack Obama as an organizer, is still in business. So is ACORN Housing, which changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers for America.

But the Working Families Party is ACORN. The minor political party shares an office address with ACORN a mile away from the Brooklyn Bridge. Among the party’s co-founders are ACORN’s former national chief organizer, Bertha Lewis. Her former right-hand man, Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard, formerly an SEIU 1199 official and Obama White House political director, also goes way back with the party.

WFP’s confusing, ACORN-like organizational structure has been known to frustrate even the most dedicated investigators, allowing the party to keep some distance from ACORN.

Through the party’s multiple arms WFP enjoys the “benefits of a political party (legitimacy in voters’ minds, ballot line), a non-profit (tax-exemptions, uncapped donation limits and tax deductions) and a for-profit (no disclosure requirements, ability to collect fees backed by taxpayer-supported matching funds from candidates),” notes Edward-Isaac Dovere of New York’s City Hall News.

The party has sister WFP-branded parties in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Oregon, South Carolina, and Vermont. Like ACORN, WFP advocates more government spending, higher taxes, universal government-run healthcare, campaign finance restrictions, free universal higher education, rent control, same-sex marriage, an immigration amnesty for illegal aliens, and “greening” the economy by creating heavily subsidized union jobs in the energy sector.

Meanwhile, new front groups created by ACORN are also deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. They include New York Communities for Change, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Action United (Pennsylvania), Organize Now (Florida), and New England United for Justice (Massachusetts).

The protests, which have spread to several large U.S. cities, are part of what ACORN’s neo-communist founder Wade Rathke calls an “anti-banking jihad.” ACORN allies are also involved in the protests, which aim to destabilize the nation’s financial system. SEIU board member Stephen Lerner said 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.

With paid professional assistance from ACORN, Lerner’s work has become that much easier.

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  • Steve

    A very informative essay, thanks. Please tell me why bankers and other wealthy rich people continue to live in NY where the DEMS rule and will give their families no protection. Move to a gated community in FLA and let NYC rot away from the virus of Progressivism.

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  • taxpayer

    These people are not occupiers, they are trespassers. They keep honest, tax paying citizens from using the parks, roads, sidewalks and businesses. All they do is leave behind trash for the government to clean up. They have no constructive ideas and all they know is to destroy our Country. I am glad that the democrats are aligning themselves with these trespassers.

  • proxywar

    immortal technique showed up to occupy wall street to spread his propaganda. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC77HGZLTkA

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Fortunately.

  • Fred Dawes

    The third world mod is the new so called American its is the new busniess and the Red Bs will fight in are facts tax paying people must be racists fools for paying the bill what is the point? and this has been coming at us all for 50 years the Bush boys helped it the obama boys want it the right is behind this BS And Leftist love it and it did not happen behind our backs but in front of us all, and When I stated what was coming down people called me a nut, I noe tell you little hopeless monkeys what coming next, WE Becom the third world not over night my monkeys be little by little and in 10 years or before when you light without power for your TV aand all our little thing we now love, do your best to live well next to a deal dealer who loves your kids and can use your family any way he wants, the nation is doomed to hell and you helped to put us in that box, I will be dead,dead,dead you will be alive in a hell. Much love boys?

  • al KIdya

    Isn't this a crime being committed? Is it not incitement to violence? Treason?

    Will the DOJ investigate this? Oops! No, "Big Brother and the Holder Company" are busy investigating their set-up assassination plot by successful Corpus Christi used car salesman, "Jack" Manssor Arbabsiar.

  • Warren Ross

    Edited by David Horowitz. Just another right wing rag

    • Paardestaart

      So ACORN has nothing to do with the commotion? There is no community organizing? Alinsky is no idol of the people who want to 'change' America, so you do not need to read his books?

      The unions do not really spend millions on presidential campaigns for their favorite candidates, and if they did they would do it gratis? And Soros does not finance ACORN, and distribute huge sums to pay for activist groups and committees? There are no wealthy influential people who want to reshape the world, and who'll use any ideology – even yours, even marxism to attain their goal?
      Because "rich people are right wing," and not smart enough to use everything yóu believe in to turn you and your cronies into serfs?
      You trust everyone who walks like you and talks your lingo?

      Right – that's what I thought.

      Of course Horowitz wàs a communist but he's not anymore, and that should make him extra interesting for a smart person, but of course yóu do not think he has anything to say that you need to hear? Of course – I get it.
      It's not what a person says, it is whó says it, isn't it? And you already knów who to listen to..!
      My god – and you people actually think you are smart!

      • http://www.thelooniverse.com retch

        Good for you, Paardestaart. Is that a pun English speakers wouldn't understand or is it for real? Just curious

    • Stephen_Brady

      You don't like "right-wing rags", don't read them. If you do, make sure to keep your ntiro handy, because we're going to do our best to give you a coronary …

  • Dispozadaburka

    Democracy is becoming just another name for "Mob Rule."

  • StephenD

    We live in a Republic. Democracy IS Mob Rule. Apart from this, I wonder if the useful idiots realize when the crap hits the fan they will have no one to go to for relief. Do they think ACORN will feed, house and protect them? LOL
    If the Anarchists behind this get their wish they will have disrupted our system enough to have violent actions in the streets. Then comes the limitation of supplies and fuel and food stuffs. Soon, everyone is welcoming a Declaration of Martial Law. A suspension of your Constitutional Rights is given up freely. Final authority is now in the hands of the Government for every aspect of your life and…under the rule of one person.
    Can you think of ANY ONE person you would trust with such power?

    • kafir4life

      I've been saying since inauguration day 2009 that we'll have martial law sometime before the next general election. There's no way that that obamanation in the White House can win another election. The only way he's in office in 466 days is if he "delays" the elections until he thinks Americans are "thinking more clearly".

      Remember these words from The One?
      “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.“

      • Forestman

        Who from the right is gonna win the election? Cain? Perry? Bachmann? How about that staunch conservative Mitt? The repugs are in disarray.

        • coyote3

          This is a joke, right? Now, I admit the election is quite a ways off, but the only thing we have to go on is the here and now. I am not a Republican, but closer to a Libertarian, but right now, any of the contenders would beat President Obama.

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  • BS77

    Read Ann Coulter's column on this wacky Occupy mob frenzy. She calls them the Flea Party, in contrast to the Tea Party…pretty funny, eh?

    • Beth

      lols

  • ClaireSolt

    Conservatives should stop using the Marxist term "capitalism'. Why? mosty because free enterprise evolved through trial and error. It is not an -ism in the sense that it is a belief that sprang out of the creative genius of someone like Marx. Talk about free enterprise, not capitalism and you take the side of America's real philosophy.

    Likewise, when asked about global warming, the reply should be: "Do you ask me a religious or science question. Religion is about believing. Science is about knowing. Empiricism and the scientific method are the essence of the Age of Reason or Enlightment and orthodoxy is its enemy. Our progress in science and technology cannot continue hampered by unproved PC dictates but only in free inquiry unencumbered by -isms. Obviously, blind adherence to -isms killed millions in 20th c.

    • Beth

      "Talk about free enterprise, not capitalism and you take the side of America's real philosophy"

      Excellent point. I will remember that. Thank you.

    • Maxie

      Marx a creative genius? Hardly. He never explained how his imaginary "dictatorship of the proletariat" would function or why it would be any better than any other dictatorship. He never explained why said dictatorship would eventually jus "wither away" and what would fill the void if it did. He and Engels never understood that "the devil is in the dtails" and they never understood human nature – that man is not a herd animal. The legacy of Marx is 94 million dead (Re: "The Black Book of Communism", Curtois et al). Marx was smart but untutored and undisciplined as a scholar. His so-called "proletariat" was a projection of himself as an underappreciated sociiocultural asset. IMHO

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

    That's a very interesting comment, ClaireSolt. I'm not sure I agree with you but you've gotten me thinking.

  • NotaBene

    Yawn. This article is a delusional fantasy. I have never seen anyone at OWS who was paid to be there; all decisions are made by consensus and we are not taking orders from anyone.

    • Tanstaafl

      I’ve seen that consensus in action. Looks like another “great leap forward”.

    • alan g

      If nobody is in charge, then how come rep. Lewis was not allowed to speak in Atlanta?

      • NotaBene

        Um, because people gathered together, debated it, and voted on it?

        • pagegl

          Sure looked to me like they were being herded like sheep.

          • NotaBene

            Were you there?

        • coyote3

          Ballots please? Look I was not there, but I choose to associate with betters. If I want animals, I can be with my neighbor's goats.

  • mrbean

    This is the type of people the left are and the mess they leave after their leftist mantra chanting demonstrations.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfr6PTazXkQ&fe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL-rxGnWyH4&fe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boh5DnsP6i4&fe

  • lizaz

    If ACORN is paying these protestors, whose money are they using??? Couldn't be taxpayer money, could it??? The news said this morning it will cost NYC approx $1 million to clean up the park, if they can get them to move out. Should be interesting…….

    • NotaBene

      $1 million? That's a made-up number. Maybe a few flowers got trampled but how are they arriving at such an inflated figure?

      • pagegl

        You need to look at the pictures showing the piles of trash.

        • NotaBene

          And YOU need to look at the pictures of OWS protectors cleaning and sweeping the park themselves

          • Rifleman

            All three of them?

            " …sweeping the park…" – no wonder it was still a mess. I guess not trashing the place to begin with was just out of the question for that bunch.

      • Rifleman

        Union labor?

  • howdydoody

    whatever, the Tea Party was a giant astroturf scam with millions in funding and assisted PR from Fox News, this wesbite, National Review, and all those sites affiliated to that sleaze bag Breitbart.

    • coyote3

      It appears alive and very well. Now, I suppose you have admissible evidence regarding the funding?

  • Anon

    Isn't the author of this article the guy who wrote an article in American Thinker entitled "Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American"?

    • coyote3

      Don't know, but you raise an interesting question.

  • Beth

    "the founders of World Savings Bank, gave ACORN affiliates close to $11 million to manufacture mobs to protest their competition in subprime mortgage lending. The United Federation of Teachers paid ACORN $500,000 to create a spontaneous uprising against charter schools in Manhattan"

    And that's legal? here in America??? Protesters are given rights to be heard for legitimate complaints. Are bought 'ponds' given the same rights? What are the laws on that? Where are the legal voices? to condemn it? Isn't this a slap in the face to the laws that protect every protester who comes forth with a heart-felt legitimate complaint? (I believe it is. Call it bribery)

  • guest

    "The line between direct action and violent terrorism can become blurry."

    You are a first class idiot, truly.

    • mlcblog

      You don't know what you are talking about.

      I have witnessed this phenom with innocent young idealistic "adults" putting their bodies on the line and sometimes into foolish danger.

      • guest

        um, yea, but that's not terrorism. Well, except in the conservative mind. Remember, it was conservatives who referred to the lunch counter demonstrations of the civil rights era as criminal actions by subversives.

        • coyote3

          Don't know about them being subversives, but I have some news for you. Some of the actions at the lunch counter demonstrations were criminal, at the time. Some of them would be criminal, even now. Nonetheless, you need to learn that "criminal" does not necessarily have anything to do with "right" or "wrong".

  • LindaRivera

    The correct place to protest is the White House! It is White House policies that are DESTROYING the American economy! Will we ever be able to recover from this massive Leftist/Fascist assault on our people and 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.

  • LindaRivera

    Because of the terrible economic destruction that has been wrought against our nation, it is urgent that organic, non-gmo avocado, fruit and nut trees and berries are planted in all of our nation’s cities’ and towns’ parks to help the many millions of Americans who will soon be in a desperate struggle to survive. There have been many food riots in other countries. Stop planting corn for biofuel and plant corn for food!

    Watch it. And weep for our great nation and people:

    FALL Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H Obama – The Full Movie HQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8LPNRI_6T8&fe

    • Asher

      You are so right, and please tell people to buy freeze dried food, FoodInsurance.com or http://www.shelfreliance.com batteries, water, ammo, medical kits, and extra money, emergency radio.

  • LindaRivera

    SCARY……

    Is this REALLY our AMERICA??????

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcBaSP31Be8

  • anon

    So you're accusing the left of… Creating jobs?

  • maturin20

    What, not a single reference to the Muslim Brotherhood or Al Jihad? Surely they play some part in this dastardly scheme?

    • NotaBene

      And not a single mention of George Soros? FrontPage is really slipping.

    • mlcblog

      Yes, they love each other and try to work together whenever possible.

      I realize your sarcasm but thought I'd like to answer anyway.

  • mlcblog

    I can attest to the veracity of this report. I attended many meetings and this thinking is typical.

  • scum

    I think Gingrich would argue that this was a good business tactic, and helped people put food on the table.

  • MinnieM

    Authorities should take a page our of Ronald Reagan's handbook. Remember when he was Gov. of calif. he stopped all the massive destructive demonstrations when he ordered the National Guard to surround the demonstrators and slowly force them back into one downtown LA city block, and prevent them from leaving while helicopters dropped nausea gas on them. His actions Stopped that insanity all over the country. A good plan to teach this latest reincarnation of the 60s Revolution a lesson and stop all this destructive foolishness would be to surround that park and keep them confined there and make them live in the filthy conditions they have created. so what if they start dying off from diseases. They aren't very good citizens anyway. who needs them ?

  • Asher

    Sure, they are being paid to riot and intimidate the police and law abiding citizens!

  • Bill

    I find it ironic that they are demonstrating and protesting against bankers. It was Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and the left side of congress who forced the banking industry to give sub-prime loans to people who couldn't afford them and didn't deserve them. When the housing market quite understandably collapsed under the weight of the resultant deluge of foreclosures, the banks took the only way out of the mess that the left forced on them. Now the left wants to blame the bankers. I love it. Only in America could this fraud be perpetrated.

  • Zeke

    What most of the tea party and other right wing posters are doing is denying the seriousness of this protest movement. The facts are that no amount of tax cuts will make individuals and corporations create jobs. They will simply take the money and increase executive bonuses. In the meantime, the GOP is very good at outmaneuvering Obama because the President has no clue how to use presidential power. However, with all of their political trickery, Republicans are not offering any plans on how to increase employment. Their proposals to cut govt. spending for the poor and the elderly are really tax increases while their millionaire constituency laughs all the way to the bank.
    Revolutions never start with the poor and uneducated. They always start with the intelligentsia and middle class. When more people lose their middle class status, they will not want to hear of nonsense like 9-9-9. They will join the protestors.

    • Maxie

      Corporations will add employees when they know what the costs (e.g.; medical) of new hires will be.The prohibitive cost of the looming Obamacare fiasco has put all such hiring on hold.
      How can the GOP "out maneuver" someone who doesn't know what he's doing?

      What [GOP] proposals "to cut govt. spending for the poor and elderly" are you talking about? Some SPECIFICS please.
      Lay-off the kool ade.

  • ignatz

    ACORN has been defunct for months, you morons. The organization no longer exists.

    Idiots.

    • NotaBene

      only if you believe DA LIBRUL MEDIAS!!!!

      Please try not to confuse us with facts.

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