Obama's Favorite Gangsters Convicted Again; How Many Convictions before Justice Department Recognizes Racketeering?

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Obama's Favorite Gangsters Convicted Again; How Many Convictions before Justice Department Recognizes Racketeering?


Byline: Matthew Vadum, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Are Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins registered to vote in Nevada? In a Las Vegas court- room last week, prosecutors found the fictional characters not guilty but convicted those impersonating them of voter fraud.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the radical left-wing activist group, was convicted in a massive voter-fraud conspiracy. It has been committing identify theft for decades.

ACORN pleaded guilty to unlawful compensation for registration of voters, a felony under Nevada law. The plea came after senior ACORN executives Amy Adele Busefink and Christopher Howell Edwards were convicted of providing cash bonuses to voter-registration canvassers for exceeding daily registration quotas. Campaign workers received cash if they registered 21 voters or more. Fittingly, the Las Vegas-based program was called Blackjack.

Mr. Mouse, Ms. Poppins and various celebrities living and dead have been registered to vote over and over again precisely because ACORN has been allowed to get away with polluting the nation's voter rolls for so long.

Significantly, this is the first time ACORN itself, as opposed to its individual employees, has been convicted of a crime. The fact that the nonprofit entity was found guilty strongly suggests that ACORN's ambitious voter-fraud schemes were sanctioned at the highest levels.

This is not the first time that ACORN has found itself in legal hot water.

Last year, ACORN settled a racketeering lawsuit in Ohio out of court and agreed to leave the state. In the settlement with the Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, ACORN agreed to cease all Ohio activity and surrender all its state business licenses.

As Judicial Watch reports, The group has been busted for forging voter registration applications in key battleground states and submitting falsified forms in more than half a dozen others. In 2007, ACORN settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State after seven workers were caught submitting about 2,000 fake registration forms.

This is hardly an exhaustive list of ACORN's wrongdoings.

So brazen is ACORN that its voter-registration arm, Project Vote, allowed Ms. …

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