New Indictments Hit Crumbling ACORN; Leaders Seeking New Name to Dupe Public, Funders
Byline: Matthew Vadum , SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
New election-fraud charges against employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Wisconsin are a helpful reminder that the scandal-prone, far-left liberal group remains as determined as ever to cause trouble come election time.
In Milwaukee, Maria L. Miles and Kevin L. Clancy stand accused of felony election fraud for reportedly repeatedly registering the same individuals on voter-registration forms. Both face up to three years' imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Milwaukee ACORN canvasser Latoya Lewis already was convicted of election fraud in October. All three cases arise out of the 2008 presidential election cycle.
But ACORN isn't worried. To the nationwide network of hundreds of tax-dollar-devouring nonprofit affiliates, it's business as usual: another day, another vote-fraud scheme. Doing voter registration right is unimportant to ACORN because accuracy takes a back seat to volume.
ACORN routinely tempts fate by recruiting the dregs of humanity for its voter drives, often placing felons - including identity thieves - in positions of authority. It views the inevitable attacks from Republicans that follow its voter-drive free-for-alls as positive events to be used in direct-mail solicitations. ACORN views such attacks, in the vocabulary of social science, as encouraging cohesion within the group. In other words, volleys from rancorous Republicans boost morale within the group and help it get leftist charities such as Baltimore's Annie E. Casey Foundation to keep writing big, fat checks.
And ACORN doesn't mind offering up the poor, ignorant and gullible as cannon fodder in the class struggle. To ACORN, there are always more would-be voter-registration canvassers where they came from.
The new charges in Wisconsin are merely the tip of the iceberg for ACORN and its voter-registration arm, Project Vote, which used to employ President Obama.
In Miami, 11 ACORN workers are charged with falsifying voter registrations, and in Pittsburgh, five ACORN workers are charged with the same.
In Nevada, former Las Vegas field director Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide unlawful financial bonuses to ACORN canvassers who gave incentives to ACORN workers to provide false registrations. Mr. Edwards has turned state's evidence and will testify against his superior, Amy Busefink, who was Project Vote's national voter registration director. Ms. Busefink and ACORN itself are also charged in the conspiracy. Jury selection begins in July.
Investigations into ACORN's voter-drive shenanigans are also pending in Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Orlando and Brevard County, Fla. …