Last year, on my own blog, I wrote about an office on the south side of Oklahoma City that had been hurriedly vacated by ACORN. In their haste to leave, the ACORN workers left behind a computer and piles of documents. A local reporter, Andrew Griffin, published a story on the abandoned office in the Red Dirt Report. According to Griffin's story, ACORN skipped out on their rent:
The person working at this office, Adam Carter, had reportedly skipped town in June, according to the landlord. and in August, an ACORN representative from Tulsa came down and took more items, leaving behind what was found by Red Dirt Report. ACORN never fulfilled it's year lease for the property and never paid a dime in rent. The landlord told Red Dirt Report that the ACORN workers seemed to attract trouble and that there was something not quite right about what they were doing. The landlord also said that the aforementioned Tulsa ACORN worker, named "Brittany," said ACORN didn't have any money to pay for the rent and that Carter had depleted the South Oklahoma City ACORN account.
Griffin's story also noted:
Red Dirt Report was allowed exclusive entry into the abandoned South Oklahoma City ACORN office which had been trashed and ransacked. Interestingly, flyers left behind called for people in the low-income neighborhood to come to a meeting to talk about the need for more streetlights in crime-ridden neighborhoods. Was this merely a way to get people worked up about an issue so they would come in and then in turn register as a Democrat? Some evidence appears to point to that. In fact, the evidence discovered in the abandoned office on South Robinson revealed maps of Oklahoma City broken down in House districts. Districts where a Republican won, but just barely, were highlighted. Papers related to the 2006 election results for Oklahoma were also noted.
Red Dirt Report contacted ACORN regional offices in Little Rock and New Orleans seeking comment on ACORN's activities in Oklahoma and ACORN activist Adam Carter. However, those calls were not returned.
In September of this year, the major ACORN scandal uncovered by Andrew Breitbart spurred State Rep. Mike Reyolds (R-OKC) to sift through the documents found in the abandoned office. Now writing for OklahomaWatchDog.org, Andrew Griffin once again reported the story:
ACORN, which receives millions in federal dollars for voter registration, cannot legally support one party. However, internal documents show ACORN "targeted" state legislative districts in 2007 and 2008, leading up to the presidential election.
A "Power Plan" document begins: "Oklahoma ACORN has been virtually non-existent since its glory days in Tulsa, over 20 years ago. 2007 is Year Zero."
It continues with a five-year plan to obtain "power":
"Therefore, the route to power is twofold: First, build powerful city organizations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that can control these municipalities. Second, become an influential organization by shaping a handful of strategic legislative districts that, by themselves, can change who controls the state legislature."
"(W)e will be seen as the force that is making Oklahoma a progressive state in the way that it was 100 years ago."
"By using this power to win significant changes for working people, by the end of our 5 years, we will have legitimized the progressive takeover of the statehouse and head into 2012 with a real possibility of changing what Oklahomans look for and expect out of their Congressional delegation."
Yesterday, Andrew Breitbart's Big Government blog broke the story nationwide. In two posts, Big Government revealed the actual documents outlining ACORN's Oklahoma 'Power Plan' and 'Doorknocking Basics.'
The 'Doorknocking' document is particularly disturbing. It is a training tool that outlines hard-sell techniques for ACORN workers to use while canvassing low income neighborhoods. This document seems to indicate that ACORN's primary activity in low-income neighborhoods is raising money, and that ACORN workers are to use community activism primarily as a fundraising tool.
Liberals are perpetually outraged at televangelists and other con artists who take money from the poor, the sick, and the otherwise powerless. Will this revelation about ACORN finally push conscientious liberals to demand a full investigation of ACORN and its activities?
A lot of things get swept under the rug in the pursuit of political power. Since ACORN channels its resources pretty much exclusively toward the Democrats, I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for them to dismantle one of their major sources of money and votes.