ACORN to “Help” with US Census

The “community organization” under investigation for voter registration fraud in multiple jurisdictions has now partnered up with the U.S. Census Bureau to assist in the 2010 Census.  Never mind that the Census is supposed to be free of politics or the myriad allegations of fraud against the partner,  they are now one of the partners in the process:

“The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year’s count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey.

ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group’s activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.”

Now, while the US Census Bureau claims that the hiring process includes an FBI background check.  But, Census officials acknowledge, it was difficult to track an applicant political bias.  Said Stephen Buckner:

“”I have no way of tracking any of that information,” he said. “If somebody comes in to a position with a political agenda and their work exhibits that, there are rules against that,” he said.”

Well, sure… just as there are rules against voter registration fraud, Mr. Buckner… just there are rules against embezzlement:

“A whistle-blower forced Acorn to disclose the embezzlement, which involved the brother of the organization’s founder, Wade Rathke.

The brother, Dale Rathke, embezzled nearly $1 million from Acorn and affiliated charitable organizations in 1999 and 2000, Acorn officials said, but a small group of executives decided to keep the information from almost all of the group’s board members and not to alert law enforcement.”

For some folks, it would seem, the rules exist to be broken.

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  1. sqkingsley on March 19, 2009 at 4:05 am

    I am completely outraged that $4.6 bil of our money has been allocated to ACORN – additionally $900 mil to the Gaza Strip.  All the outrage the last several days from BHO and cronnies – Where is the outrage for all of their outrageous spending of our money!  Every day I am more and more outraged at the gall of this administration and at the hypocrisy of the mainstream media that allows this administration to get away with this criminal activity!  They have acted 100 times worse than Madoff ever imagined!  And they have the gall to act outraged at AIG!

    • Dimsdale on March 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

      It's all misdirection, prestidigitation and ledgerdemain.  Or smoke and mirrors, if you prefer. 

      Making up for lost time.  It is going to be a long two years.  I hope we can fix what they break before the country is unrecognizable.

    • Uconnjim on March 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

      United States of A…..?  Who?

  2. Uconnjim on March 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Seriously, where are all the whining liberals now that had once cried about Halliburton and their connection with Cheney?  Where are all those who were outraged at the "hanging chads"?  Where are all those that said the troop surge will not work?  The list of questions goes on.  How on earth does ACORN get $4+ billion dollars and yet the veterans who risked their lives for us get a measly $540 million.  Shame on Obama, shame on the democrats for their hypocrisy.

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