The notorious Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, has been fined the legal maximum of $5,000 by a Nevada state judge for its role in a massive voter fraud case.
Las Vegas Judge Donald Mosley fumed at his inability to impose a harsher punishment on the radical advocacy group that used to employ Barack Obama as a community organizer.
Mosley said that if an individual, as opposed to a nonprofit corporation, had been before him, he would have ordered that person to serve 10 years behind bars.
“And I wouldn’t have thought twice about it,” he said.
ACORN has made a “mockery” of America’s electoral process, the Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Mosley saying. “This isn’t a banana republic.”
In April, ACORN pleaded guilty to unlawful compensation for registration of voters, a felony in Nevada. Prosecutors said ACORN senior management knew the group’s officials illegally offered cash bonuses to voter registration canvassers in a scheme called “Blackjack.”
Canvassers received extra money on reaching the magic number of 21 registrations in a day. ACORN denies the group’s leaders knew anything about the scheme.
Award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Vadum reported on ACORN’s criminal exploits in his new book, “Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.” A senior editor at Capital Research Center, a think tank that studies left-wing advocacy groups and their funders, Vadum has assembled the information in the book from nearly three years of research and hundreds of interviews.
“The organized crime syndicate known as ACORN probably won’t pay a thin dime of the fine,” Vadum told WND. “That’s because ACORN, the Brooklyn-based shell corporation that ran the corrupt ACORN network, is in bankruptcy court.”
Senior ACORN executives Amy Adele Busefink and Christopher Howell Edwards were also convicted for their roles in the scheme.
“ACORN cared so little about keeping the nation’s voter rolls honest that its voter mobilization division, Project Vote, put Busefink in charge of the group’s national get-out-the-vote drive in 2010 while she was under indictment in Nevada,” Vadum told WND.
“Mickey Mouse, Mary 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 America’s voter rolls for so long,” Vadum said.
In “Subversion Inc.,” Vadum reports that at least 54 ACORN employees and individuals associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud. Voter fraud is a blanket term coined by lawyers. It refers to fraudulent voting, identify fraud, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery and a variety of crimes related to the electoral process.
Significantly, this is the first time ACORN itself, as opposed to its individual employees, has been convicted of a crime.
But this is not the first time that ACORN has found itself in legal hot water.
Judicial Watch recently uncovered massive voter fraud by ACORN in Colorado, and ACORN settled a racketeering lawsuit in Ohio out of court last year 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.
“ACORN’s crimes committed in various states could give rise to a federal racketeering prosecution,” Vadum explained. “But nothing is going to happen in the foreseeable future because ACORN operative Obama is in the White House.”
Despite the November 2010 bankruptcy filing, ACORN continues to operate. Project Vote and ACORN Housing, renamed Affordable Housing Centers of America, are still is business. ACORN’s state chapters now operate under assumed names such as Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, New York Communities for Change, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Texas Organizing Project and Action United (Pennsylvania).
According to “Subversion Inc.,” ACORN officials openly acknowledge the network is restructuring and will re-emerge soon in an effort to help re-elect President Obama in 2012.