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ACORN audit already a joke

posted at 5:29 pm on September 16, 2009 by

Rocked by a continuing stream of scandals, ACORN is trying to pass them off as the “indefensible” acts of a few employees, but promised an “independent review.”

Who will conduct the “independent review?” Round up the usual suspects:

The Council includes many prominent Democrats, including the man who helped President Obama Transition Team, John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Andrew Stern, International President of the Service Employees International Union; and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Cisneros, who worked regularly with ACORN as HUD Secretary, would later plead guilty to lying to the FBI to cover up a political embarrassment. Perfect choice. Townsend is so inependent that she called the stories of ACORN’s frequent involvement in voter fraud a “desperate smokescreen maneuver” masking an extensive coast-to-coast GOP push to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters in 2008. No bias there. Stern heads SEIU, which has a very cozy relationship with ACORN. How cozy? ACORN controls or significantly dominates several SEIU chapters. And Stern hand-picked ACORN’s Wade Rathke to direct SEIU’s nationwide organizing projects. He could not be more independent. And Podesta runs the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, which has been coordinating the public defense of ACORN this summer. He might be even more independent than Andy Stern.

Glad to see that ACORN is taking this all so seriously.

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After all that’s been exposed, I can’t believe they announced that crew with a straight face. The only person missing is Jamie Gorelick or maybe Richard Ben-veniste, Sandy Berger!

Topsecretk9 on September 16, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Glad to see that ACORN is taking this all so seriously.

Well, golly-gee, I’m impressed, and I’m sure Congress will be, too.

(As long as ACORN, by some other name, is there for them come re-election. Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge. Yuk-yuk.)

Nichevo on September 16, 2009 at 6:42 PM

1. not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
2. not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free: an independent businessman.
3. not influenced by the thought or action of others: independent research.
4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
5. not relying on another or others for aid or support.
6. rejecting others’ aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
7. possessing a competency: to be financially independent.
8. sufficient to support a person without his having to work: an independent income.
9. executed or originating outside a given unit, agency, business, etc.; external: an independent inquiry.
10. working for oneself or for a small, privately owned business.
11. expressive of a spirit of independence; self-confident; unconstrained: a free and independent citizen.
12. free from party commitments in voting: the independent voter.

publiuspen on September 16, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Wade’s brother embezzled a million dollars from ACORN:

The brother, Dale Rathke, embezzled nearly $1 million from Acorn and affiliated charitable organizations in 1999 and 2000, Acorn officials said, but a small group of executives decided to keep the information from almost all of the group’s board members and not to alert law enforcement.

Dale Rathke remained on Acorn’s payroll until a month ago, when disclosure of his theft by foundations and other donors forced the organization to dismiss him.

We thought it best at the time to protect the organization, as well as to get the funds back into the organization, to deal with it in-house,” said Maude Hurd, president of Acorn. “It was a judgment call at the time, and looking back, people can agree or disagree with it, but we did what we thought was right.”

Yes, Wade is the perfect person to investigate and root out corruption at ACORN.

Laura on September 16, 2009 at 6:46 PM

You know who else would be good, if they can’t get Wade on the panel with Andy? Van Jones. I heard he’s looking for work.

Laura on September 16, 2009 at 6:58 PM

I heard Acorn is undergoing a name change:

to NBC.

dthorny on September 16, 2009 at 7:15 PM

All that work for nothing.

Will Holdren wait until they are finished scrubbing? There should be law enforcement sweeping in to confiscate files and computers. We’re not talking about some minor scam operation here. This is huge money and corruption…and it’s our money.

Itchee Dryback on September 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Itchee Dryback on September 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM

I was thinking the same thing. By the time anyone gets around to securing the evidence, there won’t be so much as an un-shredded gum-wrapper left at any office. Remember ENRON? Kept shredding 24/7 even after the subpoena’s and court orders came down. Acorn will do the same unless law enforcement intervenes quickly.

Nikita on September 16, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Nikita on September 16, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Or maybe they could engineer a rash of break-ins at ACORN offices. They’d find a way to blame a vast right wing conspiracy (and use descriptive adjectives like “Nixonian”).

Buy Danish on September 16, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Calling Eric Holder..calling Eric Holder..

becki51758 on September 17, 2009 at 7:08 AM


So they are going to use John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress;

Isn’t that where the baffon credited with flying the Presidents plane over NYC landed?

Isn’t that where the baffon Van Jones who just got the boot landed?

I wonder if only one or both of these partial hacks will be working on the independent audit?

At least ACORN is consistent…everything they do is a FRAUD.


SFTech on September 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Calling Eric Holder..calling Eric Holder..

becki51758 on September 17, 2009 at 7:08 AM

Your call has been properly received but the caller is no longer accepting calls from citizens that don’t confirm the the administrations plan. So thank you for calling, have a good day, and don’t call back.

SFTech on September 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

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