Walker Challenger Tom Barrett’s ACORN Connection

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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Long before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Democratic opponent in the approaching recall election decided to throw his hat in the gubernatorial ring he was busy collaborating with the street thugs of America’s largest radical organization.

Yet another big city mayor feeding at the trough, Milwaukee’s corrupt mayor Tom Barrett has been working with the boulevard Bolsheviks of ACORN for years to fleece taxpayers. Like ACORN, Barrett has been willing to jettison his so-called social justice credentials when there’s big money involved. When serving in Congress, Barrett sold his soul years ago, siding with wealthy Indian casino interests against poorer tribes.

Various far-left groups, including the recently re-branded affiliates of ACORN, have been promoting the recall of Walker, fomenting unrest, and encouraging street violence inside and outside Wisconsin. The Occupy Wall Street protests, for example, are part of what ACORN’s sociopathic Marxist founder Wade Rathke calls an “anti-banking jihad.” The Working Families Party, another ACORN front group, participated in the protests by raising money and paying for rent-a-mobs in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.

In 2010 Barrett launched “Take Root Milwaukee,” which grew out of his Milwaukee Foreclosure Partnership Initiative (MFPI). According to Barrett that useless feel-good program has “assisted thousands of families in Milwaukee [to obtain] housing counseling, engage in mediation to prevent foreclosure, and purchase and renovate foreclosed properties.”

As Milwaukee commentator Charlie Sykes quipped at the time, “Maybe Barrett simply wanted to give a shout out to ACORN as a way to make President Obama feel more at home when he visits…”

Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA), which used to be called ACORN Housing, was one of the Barrett-endorsed groups participating in Take Root Milwaukee.

AHCOA was showered with at least $729,849 in taxpayer funding by the Obama administration last year despite powerful evidence of corruption and massive accounting irregularities at the longtime affiliate of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

ACORN Housing was the largest affiliate of ACORN, the notorious group brought down by undercover videos showing its employees facilitating child prostitution in 2009. ACORN Housing changed its name two years ago to AHCOA to escape the stigma of being associated with ACORN, the former employer and legal client of President Obama. ACORN’s state chapters have restructured themselves and now go by names such as New York Communities for Change and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, both of which have been heavily involved in organizing and financing the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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  • truebearing

    Thanks Matthew. I forwarded the link to some Walker supporters who will use this against Barrett.

    What a lot of us in Wisconsin are watching is what happens in the vote counting in Madison and Milwaukee. Madison has a higher percentage of Marxists, Communists, Socialists, and general idiots, but Milwaukee has a history of voter fraud…and Chicago is so close.

    The facts are stacking up big time in Walker's favor. His shackling Collective Extortion has left the unions reeling and school districts with surpluses for the first time in years. Walker can't be defeated on a factiual basis, but then when did the Left ever win a factual debate?

  • Tanstaafl jw

    I've got it! ACORN is like chicken pox, years after you get rid of it, it comes back as shingles.

  • davarino

    Scott Walker should get the Nobel prize for "having gutts to stand up to the blood suckers of this nation" and saying enough is enough. Unfortunately there arent more like him now. I'm sure when he is successful there will be a bunch of "me too's" popping up. I guess someone has to show the way.

  • StephenD

    The Recall vote on Walker is a referendum on America. Which way does the country really want to go? Do we continue to turn into a larger version of Greece or do we do a 180 and get back on the right path through Austerity and pro-business policies and less regulatory mandates or entitlement programs. A Walker win will put the starch in the shirts and fire up the balance of us that are getting to the point of just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, I doubt this time the Republicans will win in the presidential but I think if Walker wins the state which is aging whites with some heavily black cities could start to to go Republican in the next presidential cycle in 2016. It appears that Romeny has gotten back a lot of the white vote lost by Mccain. In fact, the hard left which does have some hispanics and asians might still have problems in 2016 as well since as a group hispanics and asians are less likely to vote than whites or blacks. Blacks in many states can tipped votes to dems more than latinos now since blacks vote more than whites. But some social conservative blacks that don't like Republicans in states like Oh or Fl or NC or Va might not just vote since Obama supports gay marriage.

    • Tribol II

      Cynthia, Fear not…..Romney wins in a landslide election by the GOP!!

  • WarrenG

    Don't let the Bogey Man, I mean Acorn, get you. Those election stealing, voter registration do gooders are a pox on this nation. Why can't they just cheat, steal and suppress the vote like other political groups do. Voter caging, fraudulent robo calls, secretary of state of Indiana CONVICTED of voter fraud and all the other shenanigans Karl Rove nurtured.

    • HoR_Emperor

      Trollish nonsense.

  • wctaqiyya

    Is it just me, or is it remarkable that Aaron Walker hired former ACORN attorney Elizabeth Kingsley to represent him in his legal battle with that left wing mad bomber dude? I mean, if Obama's connection to ACORN is suspicious and Barret's connection to ACORN is suspicious; why isn't anybody wondering about Aaron Walker's connections to one of ACORN's former top lawyers? It's fairly easy to pretend to be conservative on a new blog, I have to wonder if it's any more difficult to set up a hoax?