ACORN is back in the news with the most recent allegations filed in Nevada by the state’s attorney general. The Miami Herald said Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, both Democrats, on Monday “filed criminal charges accusing liberal community activist group ACORN and two of its employees of facilitating voter registration fraud in November's election by requiring canvassers to submit 20 applications each day or face termination.”
Neoliberal groups defend ACORN; conservative groups chastise the organization. It’s no secret ACORN leans towards the Democratic Party. Use of terminology on ACORN’s official website indicates a definite political preference. One statement there noted “false claims” by “members of the right-wing echo chamber…”
It’s certainly no secret ACORN was a significant influence in the 2008 elections, hiring workers who allegedly presented some very strange voter registration applications.
One for Mickey Mouse was reported by The St. Petersburg Times. The paper said, “ACORN signed up 1.3-million voters nationwide and about 152,000 in Florida, mostly in Orange, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. ACORN estimates it flagged 2 percent of its Florida registrations as problematic because they were incomplete, duplicates or just plain bogus.” Those were the applications they actually caught. How many others made it through is anyone’s guess. During the election, then senator Barack Obama appeared to distance himself from the group; see the CNN video for more on that issue.
Republican John Boehner (R-OH) released a report in October, 2008, listing $31 million in federal funding to ACORN from various federal agencies since 1998. A press release from Boehner’s office said, “This total does not count the untold millions more that ACORN has received indirectly through state and local agencies that receive federal block grants.”
ACORN says it doesn’t receive direct federal funding, but that is disingenuous. ACORN receives that funding indirectly as Boehner’s report indicates. That’s where the real problem comes in.
If a group wants to work on voter registration to boost a political party’s numbers, that’s fine. This is a free country. But if that group gets federal bucks indirectly even for programs not related to voter registration drives, that is not fine.
I’d also point out that if all the Democratic social programs are so successful, why are low income neighborhoods in the worst condition they’ve ever been in? Talk to a social worker, one who goes into the homes of welfare and social services recipients. Agencies actually pay utility bills for some of these clients, not just to obtain an official receipt, but to make sure the money goes where it is supposed to go. This is a perfect example of the Nanny state—government nurturing from cradle to grave. The term ‘self-reliance’ will never be found in the Democratic Party mindset.
ACORN has a long and complicated history. It’s my opinion this organization is simply a front for Democratic Party policies. Many social services agencies do receive federal dollars, but those agencies assign caseworkers who assist families with a goal of getting them off public subsidies.
Now media outlets are reporting ACORN may assist with the forthcoming US Census. That is very troubling because of the impact on drawing districts and determining representation.
A political lobby group should not receive taxpayer funds even if those funds are channeled indirectly. ACORN’s troubled history is a matter of public record. Meanwhile violence and substandard living conditions still plague low income neighborhoods, another example of the failure of government socialism to remedy anything while money pours from taxpayer pockets to groups that seek to advance political ideology. ACORN’s troubles in Nevada are probably not the last troubles we’ll hear about, if the organization’s past is any indication of its future.
More ACORN voter registration fraud allegations surface by Kay B.Day