John Fund: Let’s not forget Obama’s ACORN connections

posted at 2:58 pm on September 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama claimed that the latest scandal at ACORN had not really hit his radar screen during his “full Ginsburg” this weekend.  Perhaps Obama hoped that Americans would forget the extensive history he had with the community-organizing group, or at least develop amnesia about his partnership with them during the presidential election.  After all, Obama gave ACORN $800,000 to conduct get-out-the-vote work, which his campaign disclosed only reluctantly last summer.  John Fund reminds readers of these connections:

Only one of the five television networks that interviewed President Obama for their Sunday shows bothered to ask him about Acorn, the left-wing community organizing group whose federal funding was cut off last week by an overwhelming vote in Congress.

“Frankly, it’s not something I’ve followed closely,” Mr. Obama claimed, adding he wasn’t even aware the group had been the recipient of significant federal funding. “This is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to,” he said. …

Mr. Obama took great pains to act as if he barely knew about Acorn. In fact, his association goes back almost 20 years. In 1991, he took time off from his law firm to run a voter-registration drive for Project Vote, an Acorn partner that was soon fully absorbed under the Acorn umbrella. The drive registered 135,000 voters and was considered a major factor in the upset victory of Democrat Carol Moseley Braun over incumbent Democratic Senator Alan Dixon in the 1992 Democratic Senate primary.

Mr. Obama’s success made him a hot commodity on the community organizing circuit. He became a top trainer at Acorn’s Chicago conferences. In 1995, he became Acorn’s attorney, participating in a landmark case to force the state of Illinois to implement the federal Motor Voter Law. That law’s loose voter registration requirements would later be exploited by Acorn employees in an effort to flood voter rolls with fake names.

Obama can head for the high grass, as Fund puts it, but he won’t find much cover there.  They’ve been hitting the road hard for his ObamaCare effort, as well as for Obama administration programs for housing assistance.  ACORN has positioned itself as Obama’s political ground troops since the campaign, and the connections cannot be easily dismissed.

Read all of Fund’s column.


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NoDonkey on September 22, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Congressman? I thought he was an anchorman.

cjk on September 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM

It is a non-issue and non-story.

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Wasn’t that what Nixon said about Watergate?

MB4 on September 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Bush is Haliburton Halliburton. Haliburton Halliburton is Bush. George Bush can no more disown Haliburton Halliburton than he could disown his own shadow.

Did it stick?

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Hey stupid, Cheney was the one that had connections to Halliburton, not Bush. Oh, and check your spelling.

Susanboo on September 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM

If they had ever really found even a tenth of the corruption in Haliburton that exists in acorn, all those evil capitalist businessmen would be doing time by now.

cjk on September 22, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Congressman? I thought he was an anchorman.

cjk on September 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I thought Congressman because he actually spells a majority of words correctly.

Most Congressman attended law school and you actually have to spell some things right to get through that.

Anchorman, on the other hand, I mean, Katy Coric’s one. That’s all you need to know.

NoDonkey on September 22, 2009 at 4:18 PM

I see two major differences between AcornGate and WaterGate.

1) Obama’s connections to the ACORN crime syndicate run much wider and much deeper than Nixon’s did to the Watergate breakin.

2) Back then many in the MSM were actually reporters, whereas now most of them are Obama sock cuckers.

MB4 on September 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

repeat: Obama is ACORN. ACORN is Obama. Barack Obama can no more disown ACORN than he could disown his own shadow.

Michelle on September 22, 2009 at 3:01 PM

“to help shape the agenda”

Johan Klaus on September 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

MB4 on September 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Enough with the defamation of socks. After all, Obama is a sox fan

Johan Klaus on September 22, 2009 at 4:28 PM

ACORN = The tire around Obama’s neck.
Who brought the matches?
BobMbx on September 22, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Dude. That sort of rhetoric DOESN’T help.

stevezilla on September 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

You do know that Bush is no longer president?

Johan Klaus on September 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

ACORN = The tire around Obama’s neck.
Who brought the matches?
BobMbx on September 22, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Dude. That sort of rhetoric DOESN’T help.

stevezilla on September 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I believe that is what is called a rhetorical device.

MB4 on September 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Bush is Haliburton Halliburton. Haliburton Halliburton is Bush. George Bush can no more disown Haliburton Halliburton than he could disown his own shadow.

Did it stick?

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Foster Brooks imitation?

Jeff from WI on September 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Obama has been in bed with Acorn for about the same length of time he sat in Wright’s church. I guess he needs a little longer than twenty years to notice questionable statements and activities.

duff65 on September 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM

“Frankly, it’s not something I’ve followed closely,” Mr. Obama claimed, adding he wasn’t even aware the group had been the recipient of significant federal funding. “This is not the biggest issue facing the country. It’s not something I’m paying a lot of attention to,” he said. …

Obama has used this excuse several times before and it can be accepted as being true but the Prez has to have a very short list of things that he doesn’t ‘pay attention to’. If Barry returns to this same well again more people will come to the conclusion that their president is: poorly read, poorly informed, incurious, obtuse or just a plain old fudging liar. Americans rightfully expect their president informed and up to speed on the news. They won’t have anything else.

thegreatbeast on September 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Obama seems to be involved with organizations for decades without really knowing anything that goes on. I guess those that voted for him have no problem with that.

Hening on September 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM

I had never heard of ACORN before until the last few weeks.

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Try to keep up in the future. Also…
Bush didn’t hire halliburton.

chewydog on September 22, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Enough with the defamation of socks. After all, Obama is a sox fan

Prior to running for Prez, had The One ever even been to a game at his beloved “Cominskey Field”?

scullymj on September 22, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Wasn’t ACORN under indictment in 14 states for voter fraud? Why aren’t people connecting that with the videos to paint a broader picture of criminality?

Don’t let that get thrown into the memory hole, dig that back up and package it with the newer stuff.

Rebar on September 22, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

All haliburton was ever accused of, boiled down to accepting contracts that were offered to them, and making a profit at it.

darktood on September 22, 2009 at 5:47 PM

All haliburton was ever accused of, boiled down to accepting contracts that were offered to them, and making a profit at it.

darktood on September 22, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Profits bad, communism good.

Johan Klaus on September 22, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Perhaps Obama hoped that Americans would forget the extensive history he had with the community-organizing group, or at least develop amnesia about his partnership with them during the presidential election.

Forget? You have to know about something before you can forget it. Beyond being a nut that falls from a tree, most Americans don’t even know ACORN exists, let alone Obama’s relationship with them.

xblade on September 22, 2009 at 6:34 PM

All haliburton was ever accused of, boiled down to accepting contracts that were offered to them, and making a profit at it.

darktood

Yeah, but profits are worse than flying airplanes into buildings for liberals.

xblade on September 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM

You mean that one video of the scary Black Panthers that Fox show over and over and over and over? I think a conspiracy will have to involve more than one clip of footage. Showing it 1000 times a day does not mean conspiracy.

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Yeah..the one that got the Black Panthers in the video indicted by a grand jury that Holder refused to prosecute.

Look I can do the same thing: Bush is Haliburton. Haliburton is Bush. George Bush can no more disown Haliburton than he could disown his own shadow.

Did it stick?

Decider on September 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Now I’m confused: I thought Cheney was Haliburton. Wasn’t Bush Enron or something?

HAnthonyWayne on September 22, 2009 at 6:38 PM

I don’t think it is too early to start using the word “impeachment.” I know. I know.. There are those who would rail against this being the second “black” president we have tried to impeach!

Star20 on September 22, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Fund was on “On Point” tonight with Tom Ashbrook on NPR. When Ashbrook brought up that there are more important issues then investigating Acorn, like the current financial crisis, Fund went on to explain just how involved Acorn was in helping to create the subprime loan mess. Ashbrook had no reply. None at all. Just moved to the phones.

Oh yeah, and Glen Greenwald was on from Salon saying something about Republicans, Fox News, John Fund, Haliburton, Blackwater, Duke Cunningham, etc. Seriously. This was his argument, ignore Acorn because Duke Cunningham was convicted of a crime. A truely Wiskey Tango Foxtrot if I ever heard one.

Thankfully, Fund didn’t bite and just explained that he got his information from the eight ousted Acorn board members. None of whom is conservative or Republican, but insist that Acorn has been hijacked from its original mission and is now essentially a money laundering operation and shell game.

drocity on September 22, 2009 at 11:23 PM

I believe that is what is called a rhetorical device.
MB4 on September 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Yes, I know. That’s why I used the noun ‘rhetoric’. I don’t mind the use of rhetorical devices, but I’d prefer rhetoric that DIDN’T allude to forms of African terrorism, ie references to ‘necklacing’.

stevezilla on September 23, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Funny, I thought Obama didn’t know ACORN received any federal funding. Of course he voted for it.

workingforpigs on September 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM

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