Last year a scandal rocked ACORN when it was revealed that the brother of the founder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Dale Rathke, was caught by the ACORN board embezzling one million dollars in the organization’s operations cash. For eight years founder Wade Rathke hid the theft from public consumption as well as from his fellow ACORN board members and tried to arrange a pal of his to “pay back” the money to cover up his brother’s theft. (see here, here, and here)
Now, several ousted members of the ACORN board are seeking a federal criminal investigation into their ouster and Dale Rathke’s theft. The self-dubbed ACORN 8, led by Marcel Reid and Karen Inman, were removed from the ACORN board last year after they failed to convince others to join their efforts to instigate a federal probe of the embezzlement.
This is on top of all the many states that have been investigating, charging, and convicting various ACORN operatives for voter fraud, especially in the last two general elections. ACORN is now or has been under investigation for voter fraud in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and others since 2006. As recently as January 6, for instance, an ACORN employee was charged with voter fraud in Missouri.
Of course, instead of owning up to the truth, ACORN is pretending this is the work of “renegades” in its organization.
Levenson has described ACORN 8 as an effort led by “two renegade former members of the board” who decided “for their own reason they were going to take matters into their own hands.”
Like an errant child blaming his imaginary friend for breaking the window, ACORN points fingers elsewhere.
ACORN is also thoroughly entwined with unions across the country with “community organization” programs in operation aimed at training union organizers to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in union payouts every year.
It must be remembered that this is the group from which Barack Obama hails and a group that he counts as supporters as well as one whom he owes pay back big time. Just one more mark of the danger of an Obama administration.