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Judicial Watch: Obama Administration Spiked ACORN Investigation

BigGovernment has a summary report from Judicial Watch, which filed a FOIA request for documents related to Federal investigations involving voter registration fraud by ACORN. The first investigation involves allegations stemming from the 2008 elections:

Two specific complaints were filed against ACORN for alleged voter fraud in October 2008 by Lucy Corelli and Joseph Borges, Republican Registrars of Voters in Stamford and Bridgeport, Connecticut, respectively. As part of its continuing investigation into alleged criminal activities of ACORN, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents concerning this matter with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

According to Corelli, on August 1, 2008, her office received 1,200 ACORN voter registration cards from the Secretary of State's office. Over 300 of these cards were rejected because of "duplicates, underage, illegible and invalid addresses," which "put a tremendous strain on our office staff and caused endless work hours at taxpayers' expense." Corelli claimed the total cost of the extra work caused by ACORN corruption was $20,000. Likewise, Borges contended that: "The organization ACORN during the summer of 2008 conducted a registration drive which has produced over 100 rejections due to incomplete forms and individuals who are not citizens..." Among the examples cited by Borges was a seven-year old child who was registered to vote by ACORN through the use of a forged signature and a fake birth certificate claiming she was 27-years old. By burdening these election officials with fraudulent registrations, ACORN put those who legally registered at risk of not being put on voting rolls at all.

The FBI and Department of Justice opened an investigation. However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in "questionable hiring and training practices," closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws. (emphasis added)

It's nice to have friends in high places.

The report also highlights two other investigations conducted in 2006 (St. Louis, MO) and 2007 (Phoenix, AZ) and notes that voter registration fraud is indeed a Federal crime under Title 42, USC 1973 (gg), which provides for criminal penalties for fraudulent voter registrations. The 2007 Phoenix investigation was terminated because the allegations proved to be "unverifiable." In 2008, eight former employees from the St. Louis ACORN office pled guilty to charges of voter registration fraud.

As Judicial Watch notes, the subjectivity with which the Obama Justice Department seems to be applying the law is disturbing. Voter registration fraud is a serious offense. It loads municipal governments down with a tremendous amount of worthless paperwork, and by wasting so much time it undoubtedly keeps qualified voters off the rolls.

Of course ACORN is deliberately trying to create paperwork backlogs in order to lessen the possibility that ballot box stuffing will be detected. And since the Chicago political machine that now runs our government has never met a technique for voter fraud that it didn't like, don't expect Eric Holder to get serious about this issue any time soon.


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Comments (14)

No surprise here!... (Below threshold)

No surprise here!

I see how it works, Steve G... (Below threshold)

I see how it works, Steve Green. The administration DEEMED that they broke no laws.

As we saw in Ohio in 2008, ... (Below threshold)

As we saw in Ohio in 2008, the whole intent of ACORN's tactics was to floood the system with new registrations on deadline so no action could be taken. There were 300,000 "no match" new registration (yes, nearly a third of a million!!!!) and no way to prevent their use. Republicans asked that provisional ballots be used to allow votes cast in early voting to be verified. They also asked that the "no match" names be verified by local polling districts. They were denied both by a highly partisan Ohio Democrat Atty Gen.

A lawsuit was filed which went all the way to the US Supreme Court: Brunner vs. Ohio Republican Party. The USC decided the Republican party had no standing, only the US and State Atty Generals have it. Yet the case was against Brunner the Ohio AG.

Democrats know how to game the system. Sad for Democracy.

The corruption of this admi... (Below threshold)

The corruption of this administration and this congress appear boundless. The idiots, useful and otherwise, who put them in office need, among other things, serious self-examination. Judging from the comments on this and other sites, however, such reflection is beyond their limited means.

And Mr. Green, right on cue... (Below threshold)

And Mr. Green, right on cue, proves my point.

"Voter registration fraud i... (Below threshold)

"Voter registration fraud is a serious offense."

Only if a Republican is caught doing it. Right Stevie Green?

AS expected Steve responds ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

AS expected Steve responds with an ad hominem attack and doesn't bother to address the substance.

Like all liberals he is unable to address substance and issues. He rarely, if ever, bothers to provide specifics unless they are provided in the MSM talking points.

Try something new Steve. Do what a lot of the conservative posters here do. Examine the facts that are presented. Go and search for information refuting those facts and engage in a rational debate about the issue.

The problem is that you are so accustomed to believing whatever your authority figures tell you is the truth that it never occurs to go out and examine the issue for yourself.

If Breitbart et al were so wrong why were ACORN employees fired? If they were so wrong why is ACORN under investigation by over 14 states?

And what does Breitbart have to do with what is described in this post? This is about a Judicial Watch FOIA request and the content of the information gathered by that request.

Are you saying that the Justice Department is a tool of Andrew Breitbart? Better inform Eric Holder about that one!

Crooked is as crooked does.... (Below threshold)

Crooked is as crooked does. This may well be the most corrupt administration in our nation's history, making good old Warren G. Harding look like a Sunday School teacher by comparison! It is also the most inept - making Jimmy Carter look effective!

Tell me truly - with the majorities in both houses of Congress that the Dems currently "enjoy"(?), how is it that they cannot get anything worthwhile done?!

Poor direction from the White House and Botox Nancy at the helm of the House with Reid the Cadaver stumbling along in the Senate!

Just in!! Obama spikes kool... (Below threshold)

Just in!! Obama spikes kool-aid pitcher!!

Michael Laprarie,Y... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Michael Laprarie,

Your article as well the one you linked to, constantly refer to the Justice Department as "Obama's Justice Department". Are you aware that the justice department is a separate and independent branch of the government? They do not get their orders from Obama. Obama had absolutely nothing to do with the investigation.

Wow, Tina, you really shoul... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Wow, Tina, you really should remember the old adage "it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

The Justice Department falls under the jurisdiction of one of the three branches of our government. That would be the Executive Branch. It's run by the U.S. Attorney General, who is a political appointee of the Executive Branch and answers to the Chief Executive.

Can you tell me who the Chief Executive is of the Executive Branch of the United States government is, Tina?

"Obama's Justice Department... (Below threshold)

"Obama's Justice Department"

Tina, did you ever object to "the Bush Justice Department"?

........crickets chirping...................

Tina s - I've thought all ... (Below threshold)

Tina s - I've thought all along you were a couple nuts short of a full Snickers Bar.

But Jesus H. on a unicycle, your last comment proves without a single doubt you have zero nuts at all - and Nooo... that's not a ref to your gender.

Tina, please take some time... (Below threshold)

Tina, please take some time out to read the US Constitution. The Justice Department is not the Judiciary. The Justice Dept is part of the Executive branch. Executive branch is under the President.
Though given their usual functions... Justice Dept should be the Prosecution Dept. Much less confusing a name for some people.






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