It has been reported that ACORN pays by the registration, but ACORN spokesman, Scott Levenson assures us they don’t. Acorn canvassers get paid eight dollars an hour.
But apparently, they are put under intense pressure to meet quotas:
…these tactics make sense if one is running a sales organization. They don’t make any sense if ACORN merely wanted to contribute to the betterment of the community by assisting people to register. That doesn’t require quotas or browbeating to accomplish, but simply supervision to ensure that ACORN workers didn’t abuse the process.
Why was ACORN so insistent on browbeating its workers and turning the effort into a boiler-room operation? They valued something other than community betterment, and they saw fraud as beneficial to their actual goals. That’s why they put all of the incentives towards unrealistic production — and left themselves room to use these workers as patsies when caught.
It almost seems like they’re up to no good.
Stanley Kurtz has another excellent article out today about ACORN, and its “electoral arm” The New Party.
While a small group of bloggers have productively explored Obama’s New Party ties, discussion has often turned on the New Party’s alleged socialism. Was the New Party actually established by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)? Was the New Party’s platform effectively socialist in content? Although these debates are both interesting and important, we needn’t resolve them to conclude that the New Party was far to the left of the American mainstream. Whether formally socialist or not, the New Party and its ACORN backers favored policies of economic redistribution. As Obama would say, they wanted to spread the wealth around.
Bracketing the socialism question and simply taking the New Party on its own terms is sufficient to raise serious questions about Obama’s political commitments — questions that cry out for attention from a responsible press.
good stuff over at Protein Wisdom pertaining to another ACORN scandal involving founder, Wade Rathke’s brother, who embezzled almost $1 million. The AP reported that it was handled “internally”; the board of Acorn “allowed the Rathke family to repay the misappropriated money”.
But that turns out not to be the case. The money was paid back by an “anonymous donor” acording to the NYT reported in August:
When the embezzlement of almost $1 million by the brother of the founder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as Acorn, surfaced last month, the organization announced that an anonymous supporter had agreed to make it whole.
That supporter was Drummond Pike, the founder and chief executive of the Tides Foundation, which channels money to what it describes as progressive nonprofits, including some Acorn charitable affiliates.
Mr. Pike is a friend of Wade Rathke, the founder of Acorn and its leader until the scandal broke, and he agreed to buy the promissory note that required the Rathke family to repay Acorn the money that Mr. Rathke’s brother, Dale, had stolen.
Mr. Rathke is a member of the board of the Tides Foundation and other Tides-related organizations.
More here, about the AP shilling for voter fraud by Dan Collins.
But it’s not just the AP. A quick Google search will bring up dozens of news outlets down-playing, or outright ridiculing the possibility of voter fraud, using ACORN’s own talking points to make the case. The repeated claim by ACORN spokesmen, is that ACORN always flags problematic registrations (as they’re required to do) before they are submitted. So everything’s cool, yo.
Yet if you listen to this honest report by Drew Griffith on CNN you come to find out that what they do is dump thousands of fraudulent registrations on Registrars’ offices in the last few days before deadlines, making them all but impossible to completely check.
Andrew McCarthy fisks the galling letter sent by Obama’s top lawyer, Robert Bauer to the Justice Dept. which demanded an investigation by a Special Prosecutor not of ACORN, but of the McCain campaign and the Bush administration.
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Judi McLeod of CFP wonders the same thing I’ve been wondering:
What is it that Barack Obama knows that the rest of us don’t?