Matthew Vadum of the American Spectator investigates:
I have just discovered that three senior ACORN officials have recently given wildly divergent accounts of the size of ACORN’s budget.
ACORN current CEO and chief organizer Bertha Lewis claimed in October that ACORN had an “average budget” between “$20 [million] and $25 million a year for everything, all of the offices combined.”
ACORN national president Maude Hurd reported in the ACORN entry of Erica Payne’s handbook for liberal activists, The Practical Progressive, that ACORN’s annual budget last year was $50 million.
That’s double the figure quoted by Lewis, yet even $50 million seems impossibly low given ACORN’s lucrative ongoing corporate shakedown rackets and other revenue sources. The four main ACORN affiliates alone — ACORN Housing Corp. Inc., Project Vote, American Institute for Social Justice Inc., and ACORN Institute Inc — took in a total of at least $106.9 million in donations from foundations and individuals from 1993 through 2008. And ACORN takes in untold millions every year in member dues from its 400,000 members — a figure that has crept up to 500,000 in Bertha Lewis’s recent public statements.
Well, it does seem curious that a company can be off by $50 million dollars in talking about operating budgets. Then again, these don’t seem to be the brightest people, either–just wise in the ways of manipulating the system. One suspects that those shady operators at the bottom are representative of the institution. That is, if any of these people spent real effort to get a real job, they might actually add value. Instead, ACORN’s prime goal seems to be gaming the system. They might want to try to get in the system and fix it one person at a time. But then, if they did that, they’d be conservatives.
Tonight, Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles, and James O’Keefe involved in the ACORN underage prostitute sting operation will be at the National Press Club to discuss the lawsuits they’re enduring at the hands of ACORN. There is a defense fund, more at the link below.
Michelle Malkin has the latest in the Anita Montcrief lawsuit. Anita is enduring being sued for having the temerity to be an ACORN whistle blower:
The sworn testimony, research, and blogging by former ACORN/Project Vote development associate Anita MonCrief has provided an invaluable amount of fodder for reporters (before their editors “cut bait,” that is) and congressional investigators trying to get to the bottom of ACORN’s tax law-undermining, campaign finance disclosure-evading ways. Most recently, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this week on how ACORN’s voter drives in Ohio were planned specifically to help Democrat congressional candidates.
The reward for MonCrief’s truth-telling? An intimidation lawsuit to shut her up.
Yesterday, MonCrief’s lawyers filed an answer to the ACORN/Project Vote lawsuit and counterclaims against the racket for its frivolous and bullying attempt to silence her. There is also a new website to help with her legal defense fund here.
Michelle has links to all the legal briefs and defense funds. Go read the whole thing.
Things get worse for old ACORN:
ACORN’s lawyer warned ACORN 15 months ago to begin fixing its massive internal problems or face certain catastrophe. It chose to do nothing.
The advice from Elizabeth Kingsley of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg Eisenberg LLP came in the form of an eerily prophetic legal memo to ACORN dated June 19, 2008, the day before ACORN’s national board fired disgraced founder Wade Rathke.
I can corroborate this story from an interview I had with another former ACORN employee who said that the organization was at war internally and still is, because of the systemic internal corruption.
Andrew Breitbart promises a new story from “left field” not related to ACORN when talking to Michael Savage–coming this week:
Also, President Obama, former lawyer for ACORN, says that he’s not aware of ACORN activities. Michelle Malkin has the whole transcript and more, but here’s a snort-worthy snippet:
STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?
OBAMA: You know, it’s — frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.
This man is pathological. There is no reason to lie about the connection at this point. It only makes the story worse, for President Obama. Admit that an ACORN connection existed in the distant past and move on, but no, he has to tell untruths.
Here is my story about the New York Times spiking the ACORN story right before the election from March 19 of this year.
Over in the Greenroom, Patrick Ishmael is doing some guessing. Is it Buffy Wicks?
Patterico wonders if the story is the NEA.
By the way, Breitbart did seem to have it mind to nail the media from the outset; this September 7th column tipped his hand, but no one I know of picked up on his hints.
He warned the media. They ignored the warning.
Kaus says of Breitbart, he ” didn’t realize he’d have the course of events all planned out like Hari Seldon in Foundation. … “. Well. Any less planning and it would get no attention. A random, accurate, insightful story doesn’t penetrate the mainstream media as we’ve all witnessed. They can’t even be bothered to report a well-documented VISUAL story where the evidence is obvious. Why would they note a story not gradually planned?
Best lefty comment found at Sadly No regarding the story:
possible criminal suspicions against Acorn
THERE’S NOTHING THERE YOU FUCKWADS!!!!
*ahem* though that sure as hell didn’t stop them in ‘92.
WHY. THE. FUCK. are we letting these shithead assclown morans run our politics? THEY LOST. They should find a dark corner somewhere and wank off to “Atlas Shrugged” and let the rest of us get on with business.
And I would suggest to the Left, that if President Obama is looking at appointing a Special Prosecutor for this, that there is indeed much more here and that the non-stop investigation will help obscure the truth not reveal it. Jammie Wearing Fool notes: “The left loved Patrick Fitzgerald when he went after Scooter Libby. It would be curious to see their reaction if he were to be the one probing ACORN.”
H/T Don Surber
This video is so ridiculously funny, it should be a movie. But it’s real. Still, life is funny. And I’d be laughing harder if my taxes weren’t paying this woman’s salary.
More at The Anchoress.
Has Charlie Gibson reported on this yet? Ed Morrissey examines why not:
All that being said, the ACORN story is not just a Kanye West celebrity dust-up. It involves tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, and potentially billions in upcoming legislation. ACORN has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Democratic Party in the last election cycle and beyond, helping to organize in communities on behalf of Obama’s domestic policy agenda. It’s a story worthy of national coverage, and leaving it to the cable news outlets may explain why people don’t bother to tune into the broadcast networks any longer to get informed.
Let’s pose the question this way. If the Federalist Society, which got a heaping helping of demonization during the John Roberts and Samuel Alito confirmation hearings, started giving advice to prospective pimps and hookers on tax evasion and hiding child-prostitution rings, does anyone think that the Charlie Gibsons and the Papers of Record in the US would let that slide to the cable networks? Or would it headline their outlets, complete with a dissection of Federalist Society support for Republicans?
And now, Michelle Malkin reports that a group of robbers posed as Obama health care workers to gain entry to a home. They robbed, pistol-whipped and shot the people. Nice.
Have you heard about these stories? No? Hmmm….
Anyway, the video is classic. And the girl posing as a prostitute and the guy as pimp are like caricatures out of a movie. It’s so ridiculous, it’s crazy. I don’t know if the ACORN worker actually murdered her husband, but all this publicity can’t be good for ACORN.
The Anchoress is saying that Google and the Obama website has been scrubbed. This is probably the most concerning to me. The Google part. When the government has such cozy ties to a company that the company will do a political operative’s business, one wonders what they’ll do to work against a candidate they don’t like.
What a mess. A hot mess.
Ed Morrissey reports that the ex-husband is alive after all. He just wishes he was dead. [I made up the last part.]
Gateway Pundit has the Jon Stewart clip from last night making fun of the Media for not getting the story. But Jon is missing the point. The Media don’t WANT to get the story. They are HELPING the president anyway they can.