Former ACORN employee: Obama's campaign gave us his donor list

Eh. She was fired for charging personal expenses to a company credit card, now she’s testifying against them in court. And as Ace notes, Team Barry’s donor list is guarded like a nuclear secret. Bloomberg called it “the most powerful tool in American politics” earlier this year. The reason (well, part of the reason) they haven’t revealed those mysterious small donors of theirs despite the mounting criticism of them for being nontransparent is because they want to keep this info as close to the vest as possible. Would they really hand it off to ACORN?

One possible explanation for why they might: Surely not every small contributor who’s kicked in cash to The One is registered. ACORN could turn cash into votes by using the list to send people out to sign up donors who aren’t. Although, in that case, why wouldn’t Team Barry just do it themselves with their army of volunteers? Seems cheaper and easier than outsourcing the task if the price is sharing the holy grail of Democratic politics.

Anita Moncrief, a former Washington, D.C. staffer for Project Vote, which she described as a sister organization of ACORN, said her supervisor told her the list of campaign contributors came from the Obama campaign. Moncrief said she has a copy of a “development plan” that outlines how Obama contributors who had “maxed out” under federal contribution limits would be targeted to give to Project Vote, and that it was her job to identify such contributors…

An Obama campaign spokeswoman last week had said the campaign has “no ties” to ACORN.

Moncrief, 29, who now lives in Virginia, also said that she had taken a call from an Obama campaign worker inquiring whether it was the same organization Obama had worked with in the 1990’s.

Moncrief said she had received repeated warnings to “back off” from testifying today by people she knows at ACORN.

Staffers from the Obama campaign had no better way of finding out if he’d worked for ACORN than by calling up and saying, “Did Obama work for you?”

This is interesting, though, and would explain the volume of bogus registrations:

Moncrief said she came forward and contacted Heidelbaugh because she believes low-income vote canvassers were not trained and then were “thrown under the bus”– facing criminal prosecution — for frauduent registrations. She said there were quotas of voter registration forms for workers and that some were fired for not meeting them.

“The (voter) cards are tied to money. The more cards you get the more money you get,” Moncrief said.

Elsewhere, though, she admitted she has no firsthand knowledge of how they interview people. Hmmm.

That’s too dour a note to end on, so via the ‘Busters, here’s ACORN’s organizer in chief proving once again how nonpartisan the group is. Note all the nutroots all-stars namechecked.