Vote fraud: The ACORN Breakdown

A few weeks ago, I emailed Jim at Gateway Pundit, who I recall having what seemed like hundreds of links to past ACORN bad-behavior, in terms of voter registration fraud, voter intimidation, vote supression (tire slashing on election day) and more, and I said, “you should put together one large post that has ALL of your ACORN links.”

He wrote back that it sounded like a good idea, and now he has an approximation of that up at Pajamas Media. I think he has even more links but had no more room for them.

Go read Jim’s piece – it is exhaustive:

Although the organization prides itself for its registration efforts, it also has a long history of scandal. In the state of Missouri in 1986, 12 ACORN members were convicted of voter fraud. But that case was not an isolated incident in the state. In December 2004, in St. Louis, six volunteers pleaded guilty of dozens of election law violations for filling out registration cards with names of dead people and other bogus information. Authorities launched an earlier investigation after noticing that among the new voters was longtime St. Louis alderman Albert “Red” Villa, who died in 1990. The volunteers worked for “Operation Big Vote” — a branch of ACORN — in St. Louis.

On February 10, 2005, Nonaresa Montgomery, a paid worker who ran Operation Big Vote during the run-up to the 2001 mayoral primary, was found guilty of vote fraud. Montgomery hired about 30 workers to do fraudulent voter-registration canvassing. Instead of knocking on doors, the volunteers sat at a St. Louis fast food restaurant and wrote out names and information from an outdated voter list. About 1,500 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in.

In October 2006, St. Louis election officials discovered at least 1,492 “potentially fraudulent” voter registration cards. They were all turned in by ACORN volunteers.

In November 2006, 20,000 to 35,000 questionable voter registration forms were turned in by ACORN officials in Missouri. Most all of these were from St. Louis and Kansas City areas, where ACORN purportedly sought to help empower the “disenfranchised” minorities living there. But the ACORN workers weren’t just told to register new voters. The workers admitted on camera that they were coached to tell registrants to vote for Democrat Claire McCaskill.

In 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri, four ACORN employees were indicted for fraud. In April of this year eight ACORN employees in St. Louis city and county pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting bogus voter registrations.

And, that was just Missouri.

It goes on. And the mainstream press is paying a little lipservice to the voter registration mess, because they have to, but no one in the MSM-left is actually investigating this stuff. That’s left to lowly bloggers, like Jim. Do read the whole thing.

Instapundit rightly asks, “where is the Justice Department on this?” Good question. Can’t the Attorney General launch an investigation? This is not happening why? Call them here, don’t bother emailing. Jennifer Rubin says it is inconceivable that the press refuses to ask Obama about any of this. She writes:

If the voters want such a president they will have him, but he should first explain himself and justify why his participation in and assistance to such an enterprise should not be serious grounds to question his fitness for office.

We won’t hold our breath.

More on Obama and ACORN at WSJ. And more, still at IBD. Not at ABC, CBS, CNN, etc….

I get emails from people on the left instructing me to carefully discuss ACORN’s voter “registration” fraud, it’s not “voter fraud.”

Please, kids. It is absolutely meant to be registration fraud so vast that it cannot be contained, in order than enough these fraudulent votes may (and are already being) cast. How can you feel good about this?

I have no faith in this electoral outcome, not in Ohio, not in Pennsylvania. The integrity of our electoral system has been completely broken down by people like Ohio SecState Jennifer Brunner and others.

But just think about this for a second. If Obama wins, there will be some grumbling about voter fraud, but the press will pooh-pooh it. I have no idea if the GOP will go to courts. They’re so weird, who knows what they’d do?

But I’m going to make one of my famous predictions, here, even though I think I’ve only gotten one right, that Hillary would cry in New Hampshire. Now I predict: if Obama loses, he will then play the chutzpah card (and giving this it will be true chutzpah) – he’ll announce that “because the electoral process was indeed compromised…” (by his own supporters) he’s going to challenge the votes.

And then all the lawyers will troop in.

Gay Patriot has state-by-state, fraud-by-fraud. And please go read Fausta.

Also, I mentioned it below but it bears repeating: in Wisconsin, an 8th grade English textbook has 15 pages on Obama and his “service” to his nation. 15 pages. In a brand-new textbook. He’s not even president, but I bet no president has 15 pages…especially in an ENGLISH textbook? I sent that link to a friend who wrote back:

This is no accident. So .. learn well this Sherlock Holmes Ian Fleming truth …
Once is happenstance
Twice is coincidence
Three times is enemy action

Now, come on, you leftwing readers of this blog…you don’t think 15 pages in a textbook before a guy is even elected is a bit Soviet in style?

Oh, and don’t miss this must read: Stanley Kurtz on Obama funding the likes of Rev. Wright. The press will ignore, but you need to know this stuff.

I’m amused. I shouldn’t be, particularly over this stuff, but I am. This is so damned unbelievable. And I’m taking the longview, because nothing that’s happening now will be understood in its proper context for a while.

My pal who wrote the Holmesian quote above is an “end times” believer and he closed his missive with a line I loved: who would have thought the end times would be so stupid?


I don’t believe we’re in end-times. But we are in interesting times. Disorientation is the order of the day. Outright diabolical, that disorientation!

And yet…I still feel pretty good. Such a battle is going on, all around us! In the air, even.

Michelle Malkin has more.

The Duh-question of the day: is Obama getting off easy? The man has not been asked a challenging question in two years.

The ACLU is pressuring Virginia to just allow illegal voting, dammit!. Buster just received his absentee ballot. It was not difficult to manage. But apparently the ACLU thinks Obama’s supporters – all those smart kids going to college – are too stupid to have managed it.

Now that the narrative has been established, we hear that Dana Milbank never thought the shouter meant “kill Obama”. Took him to mean, “kill Ayers.” Oh.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • stephanie

    I did read the textbook, and yeah..unbelieveable. That’s just wrong. Not having a couple pages on who’s currently running for president-I’m a fan of including current events-but 15 pages? on only one of the nominees? I agree, that’s disturbing and worthy of going to the local school board.

    ACORN is disturbing…the fraud worries me. It sounds like the organization does a lot of good in other areas, but I think they should be banned from this effort until they do some quality control on how they register people (and can prove it).

    I guess I’m still doubtful, though, that it’s proven that overall the books cooked. People are trending Democratic, because they’re unhappy with how things’ve gone under Bush.

    How can we prove anything either way, until we see how close the vote is?
    I guess my question would be, what would you have me do? Vote for a candidate I do not think is as qualified and has policies that I do not support?

    [No, that would be absurd. You vote for the candidate you believe is better for the nation. But you know...you maybe call the press (as I have this morning) and the DOJ (haven't done that) and tell them you want to see some accountability. You want to see the "guardians" do some actual guarding instead of advocating. And yes, I'd be just as concerned if I were an Obama voter. Some things should transcend party, and election thuggery is one of those things. - admin]

  • tim maguire

    I’m kind of a pollyanna about the USA. In my 42 years, I’ve heard the American Century declared over four times, I’ve seen numerous rivals for supremacy, both military and economic, come and go. They always seem to screw it up at the crucial moment and the US emerges stronger than ever.

    If Obama wins (sure, he’s a long-shot, but it could happen), he will probably do damage in the short-term. And the Republicans will go into the political wilderness for a while and think and maybe remember what it means to be conservative. And when they come back they will be a healthy party again, better for the experience. And we as a nation will be fine.

    The big losers will be the media–no matter who wins, the sun is setting on the large professional news organization. If Obama wins, it will be the last election where they matter. If McCain wins, then 2006 will have been the last election where they matter.

  • rcareaga

    Your friend with the “Holmesian” quote (“Once is happenstance…”) is misinformed. Those lines are not from then pen of Arthur Conan Doyle, but from the typewriter of Ian Fleming, and were spoken by the eponymous antagonist of the novel Goldfinger.

    Just a creaky ol’ English major keepin’ it real here…

    [Thanks Rand, I'll let him know. I'm not a fan of Holmes or Bond, so it's a shrug to me - admin]

  • pendell

    For why certain Reps aren’t making a big deal out of this, suggest googling “ACORN Mccain”. You may find it enlightening.

    I think that some of your writers are a little bit over-the-top. “End Times”? Republicans have dominated Congress since 1994 and held the white house since 2000 and suddenly being reduced to where we were in 1976 is “End Times”? C’mon. It wasn’t end times then. It’s not end times now.

    The polls were even until the market crashed. That was coming sooner or later, but presumably God could have delayed the inevitable for months or years until after the election. He could also have allowed something overseas to happen that would play to Mccain’s strength in foreign policy. He did not.

    Doubtless God has his reasons for throwing an anvil into Mccain’s boat and all but ensuring Obama’s victory — although that hasn’t happened yet.

    But even if it does ,so what? There’s no election for God. He’ll still be on the throne. And I’m sure Lech Walesa and the Poles who lived through German invasion and Soviet occupation for 50 years wouldn’t consider what we’re living through the End Times. Not even close.

    The Bible tells us not to ‘put our faith in princes’. I think that cuts two ways. We aren’t to put too much trust in the power of those we like to do good. Likewise, we needn’t put too much trust in the power of those we dislike to do ill. It isn’t they who set the boundaries of the ocean or cause the sun to rise and set. Nero and Domitian and Stalin were all great persecutors, and they and their works are dust.

    Hmm .. if God does allow pro-life people to lose the election, perhaps it’s not so much a repudiation of that ideal as it is a kick smack in the hubris. To remind us where our victory and our strength truly lie. Like that scene in Prince Caspian when Peter and the others go off to fight the Telmarines in their own strength against Lucy’s warning.

    And yet my personal hope and prayer is not for victory over the Democrats — my prayer is that God will open the Democratic party once again to pro-life people. Lord knows I’m not comfortable as a Republican.

    I honestly don’t believe that we’re going to win anything as long as all the pro-life people are in one party. It’s only when both parties are vying for our votes and money that we’ll see any change.


    Brian P.

    [As you can see from the post below, Brian, I have "over the top" (if you want to call them that) correspondents from both sides. I try to be respectful and sweet to everyone! As to the rest, I've said that several times already, particularly in this post. His way ain't our way. That's why the long view is important. - admin]

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  • http://www.davelafferty.com Dante Explorer

    In 2007 the liberal US Catholic Bishop’s Conference gave over $1,000,000 to ACORN. Why am I not surprised?

  • pbuchta

    In support for all the GOOD that Acorn does:

    ACORN has publicly supported the investigations of employees submitting fraudulent voter registration information, has fired them if evidence supports the charges, and has stated its concern with false information on registration forms.[47][48] Officials have stated that ACORN has been cooperative in these investigations.[36]
    Footnotes mentioned on the web page HERE.

    ACORN says that the relatively small number of problem registrations probably stem from workers — who are paid by the number of registrations they submit — making up false applications, rather than trying to change the outcome of the election.

    “It is our policy to turn in all cards, even those we know to be problematic, to the local board of elections,” Sharon Patterson-Stallings, a member of the Connecticut ACORN Board, said in a statement Thursday. “Any problematic cards that we identify are clearly designated by our quality control department before turn-in.”

    [That's not "good" that's "spin." The "relatively small" number? Yesterday they turned 5,000 forms in and the first 2100 were FAKE. That's not relatively small. I hate it when you fall back on talking points - it's so thoughtless and insulting. - admin]

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  • http://karig.net/ Aitch748

    Given the teenager who has come out and admitted that ACORN got him (her?) to register no less than seventy-two times, and given that the above map boasts that ACORN got 1,315,037 new registered voters on the rolls in this country, I just wonder what the average number of times each of those 1,315,037 new registered voters registered. Twice? Ten times? Thirty times? Fifty?

    Somebody on another board this morning was being a little satirical and speculating about the possibility that Obama’s cult might overplay their fraud advantage just a tad, so that Obama ends up with 125 million votes when the country only has about 105 million registered voters. We sort of wondered if the so-called “mainstream media” would find a way not to talk about that if it happened.

    Funny how this sort of thing just didn’t come up when the Democratic candidate was Gore or Kerry, huh?

  • stephanie

    p buchta,
    Seems like the payscale is wrong then, hmm? If the problem is “individual workers being paid by the # of registrations” then don’t pay them by the registration! And if registrations are problematic, they should be disallowed, period. Why pay for bogus work, or submit cards you know are fraudulent? Makes everyone look bad and destroys the agencys credibility.

  • KIA

    For what it’s worth, I was accused of “being over the top” a few months ago when I posted that by Oct/Nov, the “world was going to look a lot different.” Well, maybe a lot “poorer” would have been a better prediction, but regardless, it’s CHANGED.

    I have no idea if we are in end times, but I DO believe we are in “end of an era /end of America as we know it times,” if Obama wins. I see this clearly as the “Good vs Evil” election. I too agree that it’s diabolical, even the money “crisis.” I see the money crisis as merely a “diabolical distraction” to avoid the REAL issue, which is the ONLY issue, and that is LIFE.

    This election is our test, and maybe our final test, I think, for LIFE. If we don’t vote LIFE, I dare say it might well be all over, at least for America. We were given much, and a people who are given much should know better than to mess with life.

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  • Joseph

    It’s always nice to have some numbers, so thank you for the ACORN map. The total ACORN activity in all of these states together is 1,315,037.

    Since you’re afraid of the worst, let’s assume EVERY registration turned in by ACORN is fraudulent and will result in a fraudulent vote counted for Obama. What this would mean is that close to the entire 7 county metropolitan area of Columbus, Ohio has been recruited in over eighteen states to cast fake votes.

    This conspiracy is so well hidden that none of those 1 & 1/3 million people has gone to the local newspapers or the local police to spill the beans. Just imagine that many Americans keeping their mouth shut about anything, particularly under interrogation by law enforcement…

    Now voting fraud is a crime, so we can assume that these people would have to be bribed. Probably for $50 a vote for 1.3 million people. After all, you are buying their permanent silence as well as their votes, so it can’t be much less. So ACORN will be shelling out $65 million for all these votes.

    Where do they get that kind of money? Good question. Certainly not from the Obama campaign. Obama’s record fundraising for the month of August was only $55 million, and he obviously has some major expenses to deal with already trying to get non-fraudulent votes;
    besides the embarrasment of explaining a “buying votes” line item to the Federal Campaign Finance auditors

    If 135,000,000 people cast ballots in 2008, the reasonable figure based on voting population trends of +4% every four years, our fraudulent voters will be only 1% of this total. Since Obama must pull at least 67.5+ million voters to just barely win the popular vote, country wide voting fraud through ACORN wouldn’t be very cost effective. And if he wins by 70 million, which I expect him to, ACORN will have spent the entire amount and run the horrible risks for nothing.

    But maybe they don’t have to do that. Maybe they just have to buy votes in swing state Ohio to win the EV nationally. So assuming the worst, ACORN has bought 247,000 fraudulent votes for $12.4 million. Vote totals for Ohio will probably be about 4.8 million. So Acorn will have bought 2% of Ohio’s voters at a cost to Obama of $4.5 million to Obama.

    Maybe he could fool the auditors by line iteming $4.5 million as “miscellaneous expenses”, though I doubt it. But, even so, if Obama wins by more than 2% in Ohio–and I think he will–you would need far more than the ACORN total to actually steal the election. This is again highly dangerous and not very cost effetive.

    This is exactly what you are afraid of, it is ridiculous, and it is not “spin”.

    [Joseph, let me ask you something; if the situation were reveresed - if you saw GOPCORN engaging in this sort of behavior in 14 states on behalf of the GOP nominee, with the Ohio SecState trying to ignore laws in place to enable voter fraud and the press utterly ignoring all of it...how would you feel about that? I think you'd be horrified. And if something is horrifyingly WRONG, it is ALWAYS horrifyingly wrong. So...you should, as a fair-thinking man...be horrified, shouldn't you? -admin]

  • igout

    It’s our fault, really. We’ve been like lazy trust fund kids who allowed the estate administrators to clean out the till. We were just too busy doing our thing to mind the governmental stuff. Obama & Comrades dream dreams of a 2nd New Deal, and what they have in mind won’t resemble the America we all took for granted.

    I sure hope there isn’t an afterlife because I’m not looking forward to being ragged on for all eternity by all those brave Americans who came before us about how we pissed it all away.

  • pbuchta

    The “relatively small” number? Yesterday they turned 5,000 forms in and the first 2100 were FAKE. That’s not relatively small.

    In consideration of the whole of 1.3 million it certainly is.

    [Ummm...well, yes...that would be TRUE...if those were the only fraudulent registrations being found. But fraud is being found everywhere. Admin]

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  • Joseph

    Of course I’m horrified. I’ve changed my mind, and now think the full Federal Appeals court ruling against Jenifer Bruner on the data bases was both necessary and just, because that’s how the problem gets solved. But I also think any Board of Election must, in fairness, accept all submitted registrations, no matter how questionable the source.

    The standard is “equal protection of the law” as determined by the Voting Rights Act, it’s supplements, and the common law of the courts. The principle has always been [even in Gore v. Bush] that when in doubt, the voter’s rights come first. I don’t suggest in the least that anyone stop raising hell about this, but we should keep a realistic outlook on how much impact voting fraud can have with vote count numbers are as high as possible.

    We have witnessed in 2000 an election where voting fraud in Florida might have made a difference in the final outcome. And we have witnessed in 2004 an election where it is just barely possible that voting fraud in Ohio might have turned it. But the depth of your “no longer trust” is not reasonable given the probable outcome of most Presidential Elections. A simple principle for this would be where a very close race in one state would put the candidate barely over the EV magic number. When you see then you can legitimately worry as well as chase voting fraud like the Eye of God chased Cain.

    [I think when bringing up 2000 and 2004, Joseph, you should fairly mention that extensive investigations into both of those elections, particularly 2000, ended up debunking the "theft" narratives. 2000 was gone over with kid gloves by the press and that was their conclusion too. You might want to also remember that Wisconsin and the Washington State Gubernatorial elections in 2004 were strongly suspected of being stolen in 2004 - with the GOP typically doing nothing to find out. admin]

  • pbuchta

    Uh Oh. There you go using the Utube boob tube again…
    Yes, fraud is found everywhere, but… not just voter registration fraud. And there is a huge difference between “voter registration fraud” and “voter fraud.”
    How about the fraud that the GOP makes their followers believe in? Deceptive fraud. That they’re really going to do something about abortion once they’re in office.

    Ooops! Just in case you forgot…

    McCain = Bush. McCain is 4 more years of the same.

    [I already told you I reject the argument that voter "registration" fraud is not voter fraud. For one thing it's the stupidest argument I've ever heard (oh, so voter "registration" fraud is okay?) and you and I both know that the vastness of this fraud is meant to provide cover - it can't all be caught. It's dishonest, it's dishonorable, and I can't believe you would excuse it. And I've warned you before about coming in here and just throwing sneers and talking points at me. Be more substantive than "McCain = Bush" please, or don't come 'round at all. Other blogs might welcome that childishness...I'd like to think the gang here, both left and right, is capable of better - admin]

  • Joseph

    Since you have brought them to the table, I don’t need to. But the issue didn’t occur to me. I have never believed that 2000 was a voting fraud matter. The issue in Gore v. Bush, as far as I understand it, was whether legitimate, but ambiguous votes should be counted, and Justice O’Connor’s opinion made it clear that the standard used by the court was that voter rights were always primary. What most people fail to realize in the partisan caterwauling over 2000 is that the Court actually expanded the scope of voting rights to a small, but significant, degree by the decision.

    All I meant, and what I thought I said, was that 2000 and 2004 were possible instances where voter fraud might have changed the EV totals, not that they had actually done so. Perhaps the best example is the 1960 election, still the closest in history. There has always been the strong possibility that voting fraud in Chicago assured the Kennedy victory. But no election today, ACORN or no, displays any of the electoral distortions on the scale that city machine politics and Jim Crow between them imposed on this country in the past. Jim Crow is dead and city machines, like labor unions are a feeble wraith of their once formidable power.