ACORN's Labor Pains (2)

acorn_thumbA mountain of paperwork detailing extensive, apparently credible allegations of wage and labor law violations against ACORN was received this week by investigators on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

A source with intimate knowledge of the allegations who asked not to be identified said 200 documents were delivered to congressional investigators. 

Republican investigators on that committee found a fortnight ago that by “intentionally blurring the legal distinctions between 361 tax-exempt and non-exempt entities, ACORN diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies into partisan political activities.” They recommended that ACORN be stripped of its jealously guarded tax-exempt status because it illegally spends taxpayer dollars on partisan activities, commits “systemic fraud,” and violates racketeering and election laws.

ACORN is deeply involved in the labor movement.

Its far-flung empire of activism includes SEIU Locals 100 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas) and 880 (Illinois, Indiana), the Living Wage Resource Center (a website that tracks efforts by cities and states to raise the minimum wage above the federal standard), and various other groups concerned with labor-related issues. Organized labor is both a client and ally of ACORN. ACORN (including its affiliates) took in almost $3 million in 2007 from unions to assist unions with anti-corporate campaigns, provide strike support, and help with research and staffing, among other things. The group also had extensive ties to disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod  Blagojevich, a Democrat who was thrown out of office this year by his state’s legislature.



Watch the movie making the rounds today and note the logo on the thug’s shirts.


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  • Soccermom

    Sorry, I have no idea how my last post went “bold”.  A computer genius I am not!

  • Soccermom

    Meet Van Jones, O’s Environmental Advisor:
    Radical communist’ advising White House. WND reported earlier this week that Jones, Obama’s new environmental adviser, recently was as an admitted radical communist and black nationalist leader.
    He boasted in a 2005 interview that his environmental activism was a means to fight for racial and class “justice.”
    “I’ll work with anybody, I’ll fight anybody if it will push our issues forward,” he told the left-leaning East Bay Express in a 2005 interview. “I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends.”

    Who says O wasn’t paying attention in Wright’s Church.  Rev Wright, oh THAT’S ANOTHER of O’s degenerate associates!

  • Cynapse

    I’ll take the freaks and yahoos  in the GOP over the freaks and yahoos  in the Democratic Party any day of the week…

    We’ll continue to starkly disagree on that one for reasons that are unlikely to change on either side.

  • Soccermom

    Another one in O’s collection of freaks:

    Meet Carol Browner, O’s Climate Czar:

    “Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. ”

    Well you have to admit they are doing a fantastic job at shrinking their economy!  Adding that cap and trade tax will help that along even more quickly!

    I could go on all day ….

  • Soccermom

    More of that hopey changey stuff:  Here’s a column on Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm), one of O’s top health policy advisors”

    “Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).
    Translation: Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.
    He explicitly defends discrimination against older patients: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years” (Lancet, Jan. 31).”
    Add this freak to the list of thieves, communists and reprobates O has on his staff.

    Oh it’s change alright.  Only not the good kind.

    I’ll take the freaks and yahoos  in the GOP over the freaks and yahoos  in the Democratic Party any day of the week…

  • Soccermom

    Yeah, change.  Change  isn’t always good, though, is it?

  • Mac

    Even if Obamacare doesn’t pass, there has already been change…

  • Cynapse

    If Obama passes this health care it will have definitely been change. Just not the change everyone was hoping for. Alex Jones must be having a good chuckle.
    Then again, what was everyone hoping for? David Axelrod orchestrated a brilliant election campaign with a highly unlikely candidate that centered around a one-word platform. Voters took “change” to mean whatever they wanted, had a look at the change that already existed in the life story and physical characteristics of the candidate, and so the mythology of Obama was born. Even Karl Rove acknowledged Axelrod’s greatness.

    But if people though Obama was going to change how the political arm of a multi-trillion dollar globalized economy functioned within 4, 8 or 16 years … well they’re no better than the people who think a dopey hockey mom from Alaska will do the same. The large abundance of these people is why a David Axelrod or Karl Rove will continue to gain employment.

  • Mac

    The military do observe the Geneva Conventions… aside from the occasional aberrant acts of a few individuals who are punished by rule of law. There is no institutional abandonment of these Conventions by civilized nations.

    To extend your comparison, Obama calling for unions to pack townhalls would be like the leader of the army (isn’t that Obama again?) calling for his soldiers to commit atrocities.

    A whole bunch of people who voted for “CHANGE” were hoping Obama would be the one to flush the toilet… but that isn’t what’s happening. They’re not going to forget what kind of change Obama delivered when they see a voter’s box.

  • Cynapse

    The Dems are internally fragmented and need some vision. For now they have a very charismatic leader holding all the factions together (not unlike Reagan). They do need to flush out some nonsense, but the GOP is far worse. It’ s not that I “like” everything the Dems do but the those good ol boys in the GOP would destroy them otherwise. As soon as you bring God and patriotism into the equation, there is nothing your followers won’t do for you. With Beck, Hannity, Savage, Limbaugh etc stopping just short of calling for the president’s assassination, some yahoo is eventually going to make good on it. You can’t play fair against such an entity. That would be like making sure the military observes the Geneva convention while fighting the Taliban.

  • Mac

    The GOP is screwed up but they’re not some kind of the evil dominion. If anything, the Dems are even more screwed up yet somehow you can always find a rationale for their wrongdoings.

    I think we agree on is that both parties need to be flushed… but in the meantime, you’ll keep accusing the GOP of wrongdoings while the Dems are actually doing the wrongdoings and I’ll keep being sarcastic…

  • Cynapse

    So thick is the sarcasm that I must wonder whether you think the GOP in fact does anything besides hold conventions and draw elephant symbols.

  • Mac

    Boy, the GOP has been busy… planting false evidence to implicate ACORN, infiltrating SEIU with thugs… That’s the thing with these vast right-wing conspiracies- they’re a lot of work!!

  • Pat

    “We will create a million man army with greater strength than the US Military” A pretty close quote to an Empty Suit campaign promise. Let me tell you this, He’s on his way. Like you said they even have a logo for their uniforms.