What does Obama know about ACORN fraud?

posted at 7:55 am on October 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Investors Business Daily asks what Barack Obama knows about the epidemic of voter fraud in ACORN, and it’s not an unfair question.   Not only has Obama publicly endorsed ACORN, he has paid them at least $800,000 for their services, an amount that he didn’t immediately disclose until pressed.  ACORN has responded in kind, with their voter-registration efforts that have resulted in criminal investigations in more than a dozen states:

For starters, Obama paid ACORN, which has endorsed him for president, $800,000 to register new voters, payments his campaign failed to accurately report. (They were disguised in his FEC disclosure as payments to a front group called Citizen Services Inc. for “advance work.”)

What’s more, Obama worked as executive director of ACORN’s voter-registration arm, Project Vote, in 1992. Joined by two other community organizers on Chicago’s South Side, Obama conducted the voter-registration drive that helped elect Carol Moseley-Braun to the Senate that year.

The next year, 1993, Obama joined the civil-rights law firm Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, where he sued the state of Illinois on behalf of ACORN to implement the federal “Motor Voter” law, which the GOP governor at the time refused to do. Then-Gov. Jim Edgar argued, presciently, that the Clinton law would invite voter fraud.

Obama downplays his ties to ACORN, and his campaign denies coordinating with ACORN to register voters.

For a man with a short track record, Barack Obama spends a lot of time disassociating himself from political partners.  He spent most of the campaign misrepresenting his years-long working relationship with William Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist of the Weather Underground and a man who still wants the overthrow of the capitalist economic system in the US.  Now he wants to hide his work over two decades with an organization that should be looking at the business end of a federal RICO prosecution.

IBD outlines the scope of their criminal behavior, and Michelle gives us the details:

  • Missouri – Officials now have to sift through hundreds of bogus applications submitted last August.
  • Connecticut – A criminal investigation has been opened into ACORN fraud.
  • Wisconsin – Registering convicted felons.
  • Ohio – ACORN tells Cuyahoga County’s election board that they can’t stop themselves from committing fraud.
  • Indiana – Over a thousand new applications from ACORN appear to investigators to be fraudulent, and that should be no surprise, since Indianapolis now has 105% of its population registered to vote.

In Nevada, officials seemed surprised by the news that the Dallas Cowboys had moved en masse to the Silver State.  The entire starting lineup registered to vote in Nevada, including Tony Romo, their quarterback.  However, Secretary of State Ross Miller assured Nevadans that anyone posing as Terrell “TO” Owens would get a big NO if they tried to cast a vote.

Barack Obama helped run an ACORN unit, represented them as an attorney, and is now a client of ACORN.  He needs to answer for their fraudulent tactics.  His money helped fuel the organization, after all, and there is little doubt that they are working on his behalf.  Their fraud intends to get him elected President.  Will he denounce it, and demand prosecution?  Or will he keep pretending that he doesn’t know them?

Update: The New York Post notes the nationwide pattern of fraud as well:

Let every vote count, is the Democratic Party’s mantra these days. That slogan might better be: Let every vote count as often as we need to win.

Such, at any rate, are the tactics of ACORN, Barack Obama’s favorite “community organizers,” and its Project Vote – of which, the Democratic presidential candidate has boasted, “I started working as the director . . . here in Chicago.”

ACORN has been implicated in voter-fraud schemes in 15 states – including Ohio, from where The Post’s Jeane MacIntosh reports today that a Board of Elections investigation has unearthed evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Hey, you know who else funds these fraudsters?  You do.  Congress sends them money every year, usually for housing assistance.


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Let us see what they can shake loose in Hawaii. I wouldnt wait on it, but with all the locked files B.O. is hiding something other than a stinky plane.

johnnyU on October 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Well, the simple explanation is that these other ACORN franchises may indeed be corrupt, perhaps reflective of the general political cultures in those places, but the one in Chicago is pure and innocent. Because the community standards there are so tough and all.

And besides, registering poor persons of color multiple times, with fake names, etc., is just reparations for slavery and counting them as 3/5 while giving them no vote at all. So if you object to it, you’re a racist.

The Monster on October 9, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Am I a “racist” or do I see a pattern of ACORN going after primarily minorities for their excesses…

right2bright on October 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Am I a “racist” or do I see a pattern of ACORN going after primarily minorities for their excesses…

right2bright on October 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Never mind, “the monster” answered my question as I was posting:

So if you object to it, you’re a racist.

right2bright on October 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM

McCain would be wise to start preparing a challenge to voter registration rolls should he lose the race in a close contest. He’d be crazy not to contest the results in light of these events.

Because of the moral equivalency promoted by the Left and allowed to pass by the lazy Right, such a challenge–which I agree should go forward–will no doubt draw fire as equivilent to the ill-founded challenges of the Sore-Loserma…, ur, Gore-Lieberman ticket in Florida in 2000. To the Left, legalities and judicial proceedings are merely political tools. That Gore’s case was errant while McCain’s might have merit is not the issue to them, and their media will push that point. THE CONSERVATIVE/RIGHT OPPOSING HUSSEIN MUST BE READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO REPEAT THE FIGHT PUT UP BY ANTI-GORE FORCES IN 2000. Ironically, Lieberman himself is a McCain supporter. It might be possible he could be used somehow to blunt such criticism, or it might not. In any case, be ready to push McCain-Palin to pursue the matter, and be ready to BACK THEM UP!

Tommygun on October 9, 2008 at 10:20 AM

…this is a real necklace of stink to hang ’round ol’ Barry’s neck…so, point’s made about Ayers, move along to ACORN…Wright…Pflegger…Farakkhan…voter fraud…questionable fundraising…hit ‘im, hit ‘im, hit ‘im…he deserves it!

I remember in ’92, the Bushes then wasted time talking about Clinton organizing anti-Vietnam protests overseas…it was a real yawner…the guy was dirty before he sullied the White House, and they should’ve gone after it…the protests overseas thing might’ve sounded damagine up in the Ivory Tower, but it didn’t play….

…this current guy must have 20 extra closets in his house to hold all the skeletons…he’s got more junk in his trunk *NOW* than Nixon did *AFTER* Watergate…so, make him face the music….

…Barry’s saying now “He didn’t say it to my face”…well, son, bring your face over here….

Puritan1648 on October 9, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Good grief, I heard the guy from ACORN in a conference call that was played on POTUS 08 on Tuesday to talk about the results of their voter registration campaign. He said flat out they they were registering people to vote for Obama.

rockmom on October 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM

BTW, the Fannie Mae Foundation under Frank Raines gave millions to ACORN.

rockmom on October 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Am I a “racist” or do I see a pattern of ACORN going after primarily minorities for their excesses…

right2bright on October 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

…depends on who you ask.

If you ask a Lefty, the black guy should always get all the candy he asks for, when he asks for it, and refusing him any — even to save his teeth or when he obviously has a bellyache — is racist. Racism makes the Left saaaaaaaaaaad…*SNIFFLE*….

If you ask a normal person, they’d say that blacks can take a whoopin’ in an election same as everybody else…it’s a gamble…you pays your money, you takes your chances…to guarentee a result would be akin to guarenteeing 17-black in roulette between the hours of 2-4PM on Tuesdays…guess which number I’d play….

Racism is today’s “Wolf!”….

Puritan1648 on October 9, 2008 at 10:29 AM

BTW, the Fannie Mae Foundation under Frank Raines gave millions to ACORN.

rockmom on October 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

McCain needs a big chart for the next debate. I just needs to set it up on a stand next to him and when a question comes up, he can respond, “Well, Bob, let’s look at this graphic.”

BuckeyeSam on October 9, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Does anyone know the rules on voter Registration on Govt. Property while also endorsing a candidate? Here in NJ we have people trying to get voters in our train stations while adorn in Obama gear, not sure if due to it being on Govt. Property it violates anything.

Rbastid on October 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

This is exactly why Dems fight every voter ID law and try to denounce such laws as “racist”. They know it’ll throw a kink into the machine if they have to start faking drivers licenses too.

CP on October 9, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I’d be interested to know how many ACORN volunteers and/or state HQ paid staff are also on the election inspector lists in these states.

And while people are at tracking this down, they ought not ignore the list of those who happen have recently switched to membership in the Republican Party. In fact, those would be the precincts I’d concentrate on first since it takes two to tango.

Dusty on October 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

What is so infuriating about all this voter fraud business is that the DEMOCRATS work like worms in hot ashes to NOT count our military votes. Melanie Morgan and Move America Forward have been working extremely hard to make sure the military votes get counted. Think about the size of Melanie’s group compared to ACORN and think about the ideology behind ACORN and the ideology behind NOT counting the military vote. Even Dennis Miller has brought up the issue of not counting the military votes on O’Reilly’s show. When they hit Obama on ACORN they need to bring this up as well.

freeus on October 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Does anyone know the rules on voter Registration on Govt. Property while also endorsing a candidate? Here in NJ we have people trying to get voters in our train stations while adorn in Obama gear, not sure if due to it being on Govt. Property it violates anything.

Rbastid on October 9, 2008 at 10:42 AM

If they’re actually pushing voter registration in Obama garb, try to get a picture and send it to voterfraud@FOXNEWS.COM

By law,they’re supposed to be “nonpartisan.” (Ha!)

Nichevo on October 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

http://www.ofheo.gov/contact.aspx

“ENSIGN URGES FEDS TO STOP PAYMENTS TO ACORN” [Rich Lowry]

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Senator John Ensign today called for the suspension of taxpayer dollars that ultimately end up in the hands of such controversial groups as ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN, which is under investigation, is eligible for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac affordable housing funds, which add up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

“With the government takeover of Fannie and Freddie, the government will be taxing itself to create a backdoor slush fund, and we must prevent these taxpayer dollars from going toward ACORN,” said Ensign. “With the recent news tying ACORN with voter fraud, suspending these funds is even more urgent.”

As part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Fannie and Freddie are required to provide funding for newly created affordable housing funds. This was signed into law prior to the government takeover of the two agencies. Now that the government owns Fannie and Freddie and may provide them with up to $200 billion, taxing these companies does not help create stability, which is the goal of FHFA.

A search warrant was served today on the ACORN Headquarters in Nevada as part of an ongoing investigation into whether employees used false addresses or false names as part of their voter registration operation.

The letter was sent to James Lockhart, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency today. As the regulatory agency overseeing Fannie and Freddie, FHFA has the authority to stop these contributions to the affordable housing funds. Senators Michael Enzi, Jon Kyl, David Vitter, Pat Roberts, Tom Coburn, John Thune and Jim DeMint signed the letter with Ensign.

Continue reading this post for the text of the letter.

October 7, 2008

The Honorable James B. Lockhart III

Director

Federal Housing Finance Agency

1700 G Street, NW

Fourth Floor

Washington, D.C. 20552

Dear Director Lockhart:

We write today to urge you to exercise your statutory authority to suspend any contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the newly created affordable housing funds, which could direct federal dollars to controversial groups like ACORN.

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set aside an amount equal to 4.2 basis points for each dollar of new business activity and transfer those funds to two newly created affordable housing funds. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that such assessments may equal hundreds of millions of dollars a year for each company. Sec. 1337(b) of 12 U.S.C. 1301, however, gives you the authority to suspend those contributions if the assessments would contribute to the financial instability or the undercapitalization of the enterprises.

Less than one month ago, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed the enterprises into conservatorship due to concerns over the soundness of the firms and their difficulty in raising sufficient capital to carry out their missions. You said in a Sept. 7, 2008, statement that the companies could not “continue to operate safely and soundly and fulfill their critical public mission” and that “FHFA will act as the conservator to operate the Enterprises until they are stabilized.”

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are clearly financially unstable and face significant capitalization problems. One does not need to wait for financial reports to understand that. We strongly believe that taxing the companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year weakens their financial health and is completely at odds with FHFA’s goal of stabilizing the companies and returning them to normal business operations. We urge you to suspend any contributions to the affordable housing funds until at a minimum the enterprises are no longer in conservatorship and to make such a decision without further delay. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

“ENSIGN URGES FEDS TO STOP PAYMENTS TO ACORN” [Rich Lowry]

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Senator John Ensign today called for the suspension of taxpayer dollars that ultimately end up in the hands of such controversial groups as ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN, which is under investigation, is eligible for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac affordable housing funds, which add up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

“With the government takeover of Fannie and Freddie, the government will be taxing itself to create a backdoor slush fund, and we must prevent these taxpayer dollars from going toward ACORN,” said Ensign. “With the recent news tying ACORN with voter fraud, suspending these funds is even more urgent.”

As part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Fannie and Freddie are required to provide funding for newly created affordable housing funds. This was signed into law prior to the government takeover of the two agencies. Now that the government owns Fannie and Freddie and may provide them with up to $200 billion, taxing these companies does not help create stability, which is the goal of FHFA.

A search warrant was served today on the ACORN Headquarters in Nevada as part of an ongoing investigation into whether employees used false addresses or false names as part of their voter registration operation.

The letter was sent to James Lockhart, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency today. As the regulatory agency overseeing Fannie and Freddie, FHFA has the authority to stop these contributions to the affordable housing funds. Senators Michael Enzi, Jon Kyl, David Vitter, Pat Roberts, Tom Coburn, John Thune and Jim DeMint signed the letter with Ensign.

Continue reading this post for the text of the letter.

October 7, 2008

The Honorable James B. Lockhart III

Director

Federal Housing Finance Agency

1700 G Street, NW

Fourth Floor

Washington, D.C. 20552

Dear Director Lockhart:

We write today to urge you to exercise your statutory authority to suspend any contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the newly created affordable housing funds, which could direct federal dollars to controversial groups like ACORN.

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set aside an amount equal to 4.2 basis points for each dollar of new business activity and transfer those funds to two newly created affordable housing funds. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that such assessments may equal hundreds of millions of dollars a year for each company. Sec. 1337(b) of 12 U.S.C. 1301, however, gives you the authority to suspend those contributions if the assessments would contribute to the financial instability or the undercapitalization of the enterprises.

Less than one month ago, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed the enterprises into conservatorship due to concerns over the soundness of the firms and their difficulty in raising sufficient capital to carry out their missions. You said in a Sept. 7, 2008, statement that the companies could not “continue to operate safely and soundly and fulfill their critical public mission” and that “FHFA will act as the conservator to operate the Enterprises until they are stabilized.”

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are clearly financially unstable and face significant capitalization problems. One does not need to wait for financial reports to understand that. We strongly believe that taxing the companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year weakens their financial health and is completely at odds with FHFA’s goal of stabilizing the companies and returning them to normal business operations. We urge you to suspend any contributions to the affordable housing funds until at a minimum the enterprises are no longer in conservatorship and to make such a decision without further delay. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

reshas1 on October 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

ACORN’s true intent long-term is to undermine the election system in this country. Make no mistake about it. They are deliberately sawmping election boards with fake registrations, and they will try to get absentee ballots for all of these “voters” if the elections board lets them get away with it. And if they can’t get the absentee ballots they will fill up the busses with people off the street and try to vote in these names. They will overwhelm the polling places and demand provisional ballots and haul in the lawyers and scream “voter suppression.” It’s going to be a flashmob election in many precincts and the usual little old ladies who run the polls will be overwhelmed and intimidated into giving them ballots.

They are absolutely planning to steal this election, and every one from here on out.

rockmom on October 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

The NY Post story said the voter fraud “stinks”. Stiks doesn’t begin to describe this. It’s outright poisonous to our Democratic principals as a nation.

Yakko77 on October 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Don’t forget the 10 (or 20) million dollars for ACORN that was in the original bailout bill that failed to pass in the House.

jerseyman on October 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM

imho, this ACORN stuff is much more damaging to the O! campaign than even the Ayers stuff is.

I did not realize, until today, that O!’s campaign had contracted services from ACORN — I knew about O!’s historical association with them and his ongoing support of them, but not that his campaign was actively employing them. That fact alone differentiates this from all of the other character issues (such as Wright and Ayers, which are in and of themselves damning) because it is occurring now. O! cannot rely on the muddying of facts over the passage of time or claim that he’s had a change of heart.

The Republicans need to hang this scandal firmly around O!’s neck. Keep it focused on him, as leader of his party. Do not diffuse it by laying blame on “democrats” — after all, our friends the PUMAs are democrats too but this is exactly the type of thing they objected to about O!

What would happen if O! successfully steals this election and the McCain supporters responded in the way that James Carville says O!’s supporters would if he loses the election?

Reported on Rush yesterday:

CARVILLE: Now, let me be clear here. If Obama goes in this race with a five-point lead and loses this election, the consequences are — oh, man. I mean I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I think David — it’s a point to bring up, but you stop and contemplate this country if Obama goes in and he has a consistent five-point lead and loses the election, it would be very, very, very traumatic out there.

“Traumatic” indeed. I’m just sayin’…

Y-not on October 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

“Traumatic” indeed. I’m just sayin’…

Y-not on October 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

I imagine what he’s trying to say is that there will be race riots the likes of which this country has never seen before but he doesn’t want to say it out loud because thatmight make him..you know.. racist. If McCain loses, the country will suffer for 4 years but it will carry on. We survived 4 years of Carter and 8 years of Clinton after all. If Obama loses, there WILL be riots. Depending on their severity it may set race relations back 50 if not 100 years. I hope I’m wrong on that and there are no riots if/when McCain wins but time will tell.

Yakko77 on October 9, 2008 at 12:56 PM

In Missouri, one ACORN registrant named Monica Rays showed up on no less than eight forms, all bearing the same signature.

Hey I’m sure the Missouri goon squads, uh, truth squads are on it.

Shay on October 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Maybe the Ayres story is a distraction, well planned by Obama, to keep us from the real story of ACORN and voter fraud.

Kevin in Washington State on October 9, 2008 at 1:11 PM

An article in the Rocky Mountain News this morning was about 21,000 bad voter registrations – so far. No mention of ACORN but we all know that they’re the ones pushing the registrations.

Common Sense on October 9, 2008 at 1:11 PM

If McCain loses, the country will suffer for 4 years but it will carry on. We survived 4 years of Carter and 8 years of Clinton after all.

Obama is much worse than either Carter or Clinton. Obama is actively engaging in a criminal activity to try to steal the election to become leader of a country whose citizenry he reviles for not resembling the cheering masses in socialist Europe.

If Obama loses, there WILL be riots.

There will be riots if the people rioting get the impression that they own the sole rights to outrage based on the color of their candidate’s skin. It will be the height of irony if our military personnel lose their lives when they have to step in to squash riots incited by a guy who couldn’t even be bothered to visit them in the hospital in Germany.

Y-not on October 9, 2008 at 1:19 PM

http://kfyi.com/pages/local_news.html?feed=118695&article=4364653

Some five million fraudulent home mortgages are in the hands of illegal aliens, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

ACORN: ¿Habla usted español?

Bluecaper on October 9, 2008 at 1:23 PM

19 year old Ohioan addicted to registering to vote.

http://sarah-palin-2008.blogspot.com/2008/10/19-year-old-registers-to-vote-72-times.html

Dr Evil on October 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM

ACORN’s true intent long-term is to undermine the election system in this country. Make no mistake about it. They are deliberately sawmping election boards with fake registrations, and they will try to get absentee ballots for all of these “voters”
. . .
They are absolutely planning to steal this election, and every one from here on out.

rockmom on October 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

The long term goal is not merely to steal elections, it is to undermine American’s faith in democracy and elections. Once that is gone, it will be easier for the Left to introduce a system of “technocrats” to run government. After all, why have elections when they are costly, divisive, rely on the corrupting influence of big money donors, and the process isn’t fair, and is prone to theft. And there’s always a chance that some stupid but evil Chimpy McHitlerburton gets into office.

The hard Left is communist and anti-democracy.

rbj on October 9, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Read the IBD article, get PO’ed, call your local elections officials, then forward this link to all of your friends in other localities, so they can repeat the process there.

Vashta.Nerada on October 9, 2008 at 2:29 PM

What does Obama know about ACORN fraud?

He DESIGNED the fraud.
He taught the fraud.
He performed the fraud.
He defended the fraud.
He covered up the fraud.

Next question.

maverick muse on October 9, 2008 at 2:33 PM

The U.S.Att. in Chicago should investgate under the reco act Obama and ACORN on this NOW!!!

thmcbb on October 9, 2008 at 2:42 PM

From what I understand here in Missouri, these ACORN workers get paid for each registration card. Common sense will tell you that a lot of these people will just make up new voters. At the very least, they should make these organizations pay by the hour.

kongzilla on October 9, 2008 at 2:43 PM

The question put is whether ACORN is stealing the election but, given this:

Not only has Obama publicly endorsed ACORN, he has paid them at least $800,000 for their services…

wouldn’t it be better to ask “Is ACORN fencing the election to Sen. Obama?”

Blaise on October 9, 2008 at 3:02 PM

I guess we can only hope that enough of these ‘issues’-which would disqualify any normal politician- will help the general population decide against Obama. I need only one issue to vote against him, and we have an entire smorgasbord of issues to choose from. But will the general population choose as wisely?
I say yes: the population is a lot smarter than some may think. It boils down to:”Who do you trust?”; no matter how goofy McCain may be on some social issues, he is much more trustworthy than Obama.

Doug on October 9, 2008 at 3:03 PM

The anger is all well and good, but my question is this — why didn’t the Bush DOJ put these idiots away during the last 8 years?

DrSteve on October 9, 2008 at 3:06 PM

PEOPLE NEED TO GET MAD ABOUT THIS GROUP. I WOULD RATHER LISTEN TO A LOOP OF THE VIDEO OF PELOSI BLAMING THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS ON BUSH ALL DAY THAN HEAR WHAT THESE ACORN FOLKS ARE DOING TO THIS ELECTION. THERE SHOULD BE NATIONAL OUTRAGE ABOUT THIS. THIS GROUP IS DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTION SYSTEM.

tinatoledo31 on October 9, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Acorn is blaming the election boards.. It’s their fault.. OMG.. THIS IS MAKING ME CRAZY.

Again, email this guy.

http://www.ofheo.gov/contact.aspx

“ENSIGN URGES FEDS TO STOP PAYMENTS TO ACORN” [Rich Lowry]

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Senator John Ensign today called for the suspension of taxpayer dollars that ultimately end up in the hands of such controversial groups as ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN, which is under investigation, is eligible for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac affordable housing funds, which add up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

“With the government takeover of Fannie and Freddie, the government will be taxing itself to create a backdoor slush fund, and we must prevent these taxpayer dollars from going toward ACORN,” said Ensign. “With the recent news tying ACORN with voter fraud, suspending these funds is even more urgent.”

As part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Fannie and Freddie are required to provide funding for newly created affordable housing funds. This was signed into law prior to the government takeover of the two agencies. Now that the government owns Fannie and Freddie and may provide them with up to $200 billion, taxing these companies does not help create stability, which is the goal of FHFA.

A search warrant was served today on the ACORN Headquarters in Nevada as part of an ongoing investigation into whether employees used false addresses or false names as part of their voter registration operation.

The letter was sent to James Lockhart, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency today. As the regulatory agency overseeing Fannie and Freddie, FHFA has the authority to stop these contributions to the affordable housing funds. Senators Michael Enzi, Jon Kyl, David Vitter, Pat Roberts, Tom Coburn, John Thune and Jim DeMint signed the letter with Ensign.

Continue reading this post for the text of the letter.

October 7, 2008

The Honorable James B. Lockhart III

Director

Federal Housing Finance Agency

1700 G Street, NW

Fourth Floor

Washington, D.C. 20552

Dear Director Lockhart:

We write today to urge you to exercise your statutory authority to suspend any contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the newly created affordable housing funds, which could direct federal dollars to controversial groups like ACORN.

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set aside an amount equal to 4.2 basis points for each dollar of new business activity and transfer those funds to two newly created affordable housing funds. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that such assessments may equal hundreds of millions of dollars a year for each company. Sec. 1337(b) of 12 U.S.C. 1301, however, gives you the authority to suspend those contributions if the assessments would contribute to the financial instability or the undercapitalization of the enterprises.

Less than one month ago, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed the enterprises into conservatorship due to concerns over the soundness of the firms and their difficulty in raising sufficient capital to carry out their missions. You said in a Sept. 7, 2008, statement that the companies could not “continue to operate safely and soundly and fulfill their critical public mission” and that “FHFA will act as the conservator to operate the Enterprises until they are stabilized.”

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are clearly financially unstable and face significant capitalization problems. One does not need to wait for financial reports to understand that. We strongly believe that taxing the companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year weakens their financial health and is completely at odds with FHFA’s goal of stabilizing the companies and returning them to normal business operations. We urge you to suspend any contributions to the affordable housing funds until at a minimum the enterprises are no longer in conservatorship and to make such a decision without further delay. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

reshas1 on October 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

I think the mighty oak might just get whacked.

We can HOPE.

seejanemom on October 9, 2008 at 5:06 PM

I’d be interested to know how many ACORN volunteers and/or state HQ paid staff are also on the election inspector lists in these states.

Dusty on October 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

My understanding is that ACORN has refused to give the government their finances, and have refused an audit. In other words, no one knows where the money is going and how much.

right2bright on October 9, 2008 at 5:23 PM

The group’s voter-registration fraud is rampant, and authorities plan a nationwide sweep of ACORN offices to collect records. …

In North Carolina, where Obama has been running nonstop ads, ACORN has registered a record number of new voters, many of them suspicious. Statewide, Democrats are doing better than the GOP in new converts — even in traditionally Republican counties. There have been 218,749 newly registered Democrats in North Carolina since January — more than five times the 38,337 new Republicans, state records show. …

Suspicious election officials sent letters to some 5,000 ACORN registrants in St. Louis, asking the letter recipients to contact them. Fewer than 40 responded.

In Kansas City, 15,000 registrations have been questioned, and last year four ACORN employees were indicted for fraud.

In addition, ACORN officials have also been indicted in Wisconsin and Colorado. Investigations against others are active in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
ACORN has also been registering convicted felons — including inmates — in Florida and other battleground states.

ACORN boasts registering a record 1.5 million new voters so far this election.

It is reasonable to ask whether ACORN is in fact a criminal conspiracy to subvert the voting rights of Americans. Which makes it all the more remarkable that Barack Obama paid ACORN $800,000 to register new voters, and then lied about it, falsely telling the Federal Elections Commission that the $800,000 went to a group called Citizen Services Inc. for “advance work.”

Keemo on October 9, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Motor Voter restricts removal of names. The law of unintended consequences creates lots of old voter entries. Surely nobody would take advantage of unused registrations on election day.

HotWeaver on October 9, 2008 at 10:52 PM

I live in NC and my kids young teens who look like kids, say that voter registration people ask them to register quite frequently on the streets of Chapel Hell. My kids say no, but how many say yes?

bloggless on October 9, 2008 at 11:18 PM

Why states don’t stop accepting registrations presented by ACORN is beyond me. If I was running things, every ACORN sponsored registration would be held until the DMV/SS verification was checked. The Fed. judge’s actions in Ohio were warranted since the Sec of State, who happens to be a Democrat, refused to follow the Fed law passed in 2002 to prevent a reoccurrence of 2000. I have noticed, and personally witnessed at times since the 1950s, that the Democratic Party is the party of voter fraud and voter restrictions. A direct attack on our country’s democratic principles.

amr on October 10, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Now we know where all the reports of polls showing Obama leading are coming from. Independent polls show it almost a tie.

He’s not actually ahead, but they report that he is so when the vote with Acorn’s bogus votes show up, they can say, the polls showed this would happen.

Tell me I’m not paranoid.

mollymack on October 10, 2008 at 4:43 PM

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