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Sentencing ACORN

Posted By Matthew Vadum On August 18, 2011 @ 12:13 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 22 Comments

After more than 40 years of waging war against America’s democratic institutions, the lawless ACORN gang has finally been brought to justice.

Sort of.

ACORN, the organization that brought Americans the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the “Motor Voter” law), which makes election fraud a breeze, was sentenced for felony voter fraud in Las Vegas last week.

The nonprofit group famous for turning graveyards across the nation into Democratic strongholds, had previously pleaded guilty to unlawful compensation for registration of voters, a crime in Nevada.

Significantly, this is the first time ACORN itself, as opposed to its individual workers, has been convicted of a crime.

The court fined ACORN $5,000, the maximum allowed under state law. ACORN will probably end up paying nothing for its crimes. When the group filed bankruptcy last November, it declared assets of less than $4,000 against liabilities exceeding $4 million.

Prosecutors said the higher-ups in the group knew two senior ACORN executives were involved in a criminal conspiracy in which voter registration canvassers were illegally offered cash bonuses upon reaching the magic number of 21 registrations in a day.

In what appears to be an inside joke, ACORN officials in the gambling capital of America called the incentive program “Blackjack.”

But Las Vegas Judge Donald Mosley wasn’t laughing at the sentencing hearing.

“It is making a mockery of our election process,” Mosley fumed. “If I had an individual in this courtroom … who was responsible for this kind of thing, I would put that person in prison for 10 years, hard time, and not think twice about it.”

Mosley called ACORN’s crime “reprehensible.”

“This is the kind of thing you see in some banana republic, Uruguay or someplace, not in the United States.”

Not as far as ACORN, which used to employ President Obama, is concerned.

As I report in my new book, Subversion Inc., at least 54 ACORN employees and individuals associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud. Voter fraud is a blanket term coined by lawyers. It refers to fraudulent voting, identity fraud, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery, and a variety of crimes related to the electoral process.

The radical leftists of ACORN wage war against the democratic system because to them “real” democracy is Marxist mobocracy. It’s only democracy in their eyes if they prevail. If they lose, it’s not democracy: the capitalists stole the election or took advantage of the people because they suffer from a mass “false consciousness.”

As David Horowitz explains in Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model, ACORN’s class warriors have

contempt for the election process because they don’t believe in the electoral system as it is constituted in a capitalist democracy. To them, elections are already a fraud—an instrument of the rich, or as [Saul] Alinsky prefers to call them, the Haves. If the electoral system doesn’t serve “the people,” but is only an instrument of the Haves, then election fraud is justified as the path to a future that will serve the Have-Nots.

It should, therefore, come as no surprise that ACORN doesn’t care if the voters it registers are actual people or cartoon characters. “There’s no quality control on purpose, no checks and balances,” said Nate Toler, who worked on an ACORN voter effort in Missouri. “The internal motto is ‘We don’t care if it’s a lie, just so long as it stirs up the conversation.’”

As a matter of policy ACORN never conducted criminal background checks on its voter registration canvassers.

In fact ACORN considered a criminal background to be an asset. In Nevada the group gave voter registration jobs to 59 inmates from a work-release program. Several of the felons who had been convicted of identity theft were made supervisors. “That led some local wags to joke that at least ACORN was hiring specialists to do their work,” the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund wrote.

ACORN cared so little about the integrity of the electoral system that in 2010 its voter mobilization division, Project Vote, put Amy Adele Busefink in charge of its national get-out-the-vote operation. Busefink, who entered a no-contest plea earlier this year for her involvement in “Blackjack,” was under indictment in Nevada while running the 2010 voter drive. She also ran ACORN’s fraud-ridden 2008 voter registration drive in which 400,000 bogus registrations were thrown out.

Although ACORN, the shell corporation that ran the ACORN network, is out of business, its newly renamed state chapters and Project Vote remain in business.

This means that as Election Day 2012 draws nearer, dead Democratic voters will rise from their resting places to reelect President Obama.


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