Barden alleges corruption in Minnesota AG’s office

posted at 1:15 pm on October 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Barden, running for Attorney General in Minnesota against incumbent Lori Swanson, delivers a hard-hitting attack on Swanson’s record — especially in her involvement in a transfer to ACORN of a quarter-million dollars from a credit-card settlement. It’s an issue that arose in 2008 when the settlement became public, and initially shone a light on Mike Hatch, who was AG at the time, and an issue on which I wrote at the time. Barden looked at the actual documents that finalized the ACORN funding and discovered that Swanson’s signature was the only one on them:

Barden also uses a WCCO report from a post I wrote in April 2009 about politicization of the AG’s office.  Swanson refused to answer questions about these allegations from the local CBS affiliate.  Barden uses the entire clip in his 14-minute video presentation, so I won’t embed it again, but suffice it to say that the politicization of the AG office seems to have continued well past that time, as Barden relates from affidavits offered by seven former AG staff attorneys under Swanson.

Slush funds, political prosecutions, and ACORN.  We’ll be talking with Barden on today’s NARN show, so be sure to tune in and hear Barden explain his allegations.

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Well, Well, Well..This could be a game changer..:)

Dire Straits on October 23, 2010 at 1:24 PM

No one is paying attention to the AG races. But they are key in fighting ACORN, voter fraud and suing the Feds over stuff like ObamaCare.

In fact, agenda item #1 in January should be to use GOP dominance of state governments to pass anti-voter fraud bills, as many voter ID bills as they can, ensure the military franchise and codify it all so it cant be changed.

Small measures that will bear fruit for decades.

swamp_yankee on October 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Corruption involving ACORN in the Minnesota AG’s office?

The Deuce you say!

GrannyDee on October 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Good presentation. I had no idea dems were so entrenched in Minnesota.

darwin on October 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Was Stewert Smalley hands caught in the cookie jar?

hawkman on October 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

if this doesn’t win you an election; I don’t know what does…

Kaptain Amerika on October 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Excellent expose.
Where is this shown ? Merely YouTube ?
Wondering how many MN voters will see this ??

pambi on October 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I’m so glad I got out of that state before it fell into the hands of the progressive/communist left.
Of course there’s corruption there. Just look at Frankken/Coleman. Finding ballots in poll workers glove compartments. Listen I may have been born at night, but it damn sure wasn’t last night. That thing Minnesotans like to say their MN Nice, try MN Not Too Bright.
Glad to only go back for visits…

mmcnamer1 on October 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

It starts at the top — the Holder DOJ. Rotten to the core.

PattyJ on October 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Wow. Ed posts another story about Minnesota. How exciting.

BuckNutty on October 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Another AG that Soros helped put into office??!!

gloworm on October 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I met a young guy this summer who works for Swanson. He was nervous about the election.

Missy on October 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM

If they don’t start putting people in prison it’s worthless.

lilium on October 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

So are the Republicans next Congressional term going to investigate the Democrat Party under the RICO Statutes, including the DoJ? They sure seem like a criminal enterprise to me, with a number of families nationwide: The Minnesota Family, the Chicago Family, the Seattle Family, etc. The Democrat corruption of our governing process runs deep, and I honestly don’t know if it can ever be stopped, or even contained. But it’s sure worth giving it a shot.

RickZ on October 23, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Good presentation. I had no idea dems were so entrenched in Minnesota.

darwin on October 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Oh My – Minnesota is really a weird state. It doesn’t really have a Democrat Party. Instead they have the DFL – Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. It is very very left wing. I have my own words for DFL. It should not be too difficult to decode them.

Dasher on October 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Wow. Ed posts another story about Minnesota. How exciting.

BuckNutty on October 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Yeah – The only matter to us locals.

Dasher on October 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Wow. Ed posts another story about Minnesota. How exciting.

BuckNutty on October 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

They post tens (hundreds?) of stories a day here. If you are so upset that Ed happens to focus on Minnesota politics, something that he specializes in and knows many of the players, then simply don’t click on the stories, and certainly don’t comment on them.

strictnein on October 23, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I’m sooo glad we here in California we don’t have that kind of incestious relationship between ACORN and our Attorney General Jerry Brow…oh. wait. nevermind.

kurtzz3 on October 23, 2010 at 4:27 PM

This election could change the color of Minnesota politics, for a long time to come.

Slowburn on October 23, 2010 at 7:22 PM

This is NOT unique to Minnesota!
This goes on in every state in the Union to one degree or another and it goes on BIG TIME at the Federal level. It’s very common for settlement funds to be set up in cases where the government sues a corporation and when the corporation settles out of court, as almost every single one does, a bunch of money goes into the fund to pay the “aggrieved” parties. In almost every case, those directly affected will never completely empty out the fund and the residue will be distributed at the discretion of the AG to a class of “effected communities”, and guess who that is. Can you spell ACORN!
In effect, every states Democratic AG as well as the Federal DOJ have become corporate shakedown and extortion operations that launder money into Democratic support groups. Now try spelling RICO!

Lew on October 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM

It’s incredibly irritating, because everything Barden alleges checks out, yet both of the leftist dailies in this town endorsed Swanson anyway. She’s just atrocious.

Mr. D on October 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Soros and co. have decided to target the legal system for the very purpose of puting leftwing judges in place. We all know why.

Hard Right on October 24, 2010 at 9:14 PM