ACORN Resurrection: Bertha Lewis Sends Out ACORN Fundraising Letter

ACORN has risen from the dead to “empower working families”, fight for justice, and help Democrats get elected. The Dems are going to need all the help they can get this Fall.

Matthew Vadum at Big Government reports:

The organized crime syndicate known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which has been making much ado about its feigned withdrawal from the national political stage, continues doing business as usual.

Proof comes in the form of an email, which went out to ACORN supporters on April 16 and which came two weeks after ACORN’s faked dissolution on April Fool’s Day as a national organization.

You can see a PDF of the fundraising letter at Big Government.

ACORN chief organizer,  Bertha Lewis writes:

ACORN is not dead!

ACORN is alive because you are alive and still fighting for justice. Over the past 40 years, ACORN members have been through a lot in the fight to empower working families and families of color — and it has been the commitment of people like you, regular folks doing extraordinary things, that has made it possible.

It’s weird that she felt the need to separate working families from families of color. Colander approves! <<(link fixed).

The worst part:

…the Obama administration has already restored full funding to ACORN, which used to employ President Obama.

The fiscal floodgates are opening for ACORN, the president’s former employer and legal client, despite a congressional ban on funding the activist group that has long been a practitioner of election fraud.

In a March 16 memo Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Peter Orszag quietly ordered federal agencies to resume funding the group whose employees were caught on hidden camera videos last year condoning a variety of crimes including child prostitution and tax evasion.

Looks like they’re back in business  – and Republicans in Congress are powerless to do anything about it. Why they didn’t cut off federal funding of ACORN years ago, when they held majorities, I’ll never understand.


Pajamas Media and The Washington Times have picked up the story.

Hat tip: Mark Hemingway, Washington Examiner

Video: Andrew Breitbart’s SRLC Speech

Breitbart’s speech was one of my favorites…Oh, who am I kidding? It was probably my favorite…I get such a kick out of the guy:

True story: At the bloggers bash, Friday night, Andrew introduced us to his lawyer buddy, who he assured us was “no conservative”. He served as Breitbart’s witness that Breitbart predicted everything ACORN, and the “institutional left” would say and do in response to the ACORN sting videos – right down to who would say what….which is why Breitbart dropped the videos one at a time in order to ensnare the media, who kept falling into the trap.


ACORN Kicked Out Of Ohio

Great news from the Columbus Dispatch:

ACORN, the liberal group notorious for allegedly trying to inflate voter rolls through fraudulent practices, has seen its last election in Ohio.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will permanently surrender its Ohio business license by June1 as part of a legal settlement with the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, both sides said yesterday.

ACORN was active in Ohio in the 2006 and 2008 elections, working to register thousands of low-income people to vote and get them to the polls. The group’s efforts were marred by irregularities, including one case in which ACORN workers allegedly induced a Cleveland man to register to vote 72 times, offering cigarettes as an incentive.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Not all news on the ACORN front, today is good. Liberal blogs are celebrating this decision, today, which is just a reaffirmation of what a federal judge said in December:

A federal judge retained her position that it is unconstitutional for Congress to prevent funding for the activist group ACORN after a government request that she reconsider.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon cemented her earlier decision in December and made the injunction against government intervention permanent, asking all federal agencies to spread the word that money to ACORN be allowed without delay.

The judge wrote that it was “unmistakable that Congress determined ACORN’s guilt before defunding it.” Congress may investigate ACORN but cannot “rely on the negative results of a congressional or executive report as a rationale to impose a broad, punitive funding ban on a specific, named organization.”

Can the judge please explain why it’s constitutional for the American taxpayer to fund this corrupt arm of the Democrat party? I’ve never understood that.


Good news at Big Government for Breitbart and Co:

A state court in Baltimore has dismissed ACORN’s lawsuit against James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and LLC after the plaintiffs failed to serve the complaint on the defendants within Maryland’s 120-day limit.


Big Government: Obama Justice Dept Spikes ACORN Investigation, Judicial Watch Releases FBI Documents

Welcome AoSHQ morons! Would it kill you people to comment? Sheesh!


Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert Strangely Silent In Wake Of Patterico’s $100 Dollar Challenge

I can’t imagine why.

You see, if you follow Andrew Breitbart’s Twitter feed, (and if you don’t, you’re really missing out on some highly entertaining stuff), you know that Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert, and other bottom feeders on the left have been taunting Breitbart about what they think is a monumental  debunking of  James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles’ ACORN sting operation. They’re pretty sure they’ve got him on the ropes.

Eric Boehlert has written a number of Media Matters posts triumphantly exposing the massive “ACORN Pimp hoax”, based on (what he deems) the explosive revelation that James O’Keefe didn’t wear the pimp outfit you see below, during the stings , even though he wore them in the promos!!!111!:

Now, I followed and blogged about the ACORN sting operation since the very first video came out. I’m pretty sure I always knew that the theatrical pimp outfit was used for promotional purposes, and O’Keefe was not actually dressed that way in the ACORN offices. I’m not sure why I knew that, but…wait, yes I do – because it was too utterly ridiculous?—oh, and because the very first video shows him dressed in a normal button down shirt, and  trousers?

It was understood.

I’m not sure how  O’Keefe’s wardrobe invalidates what the videos make clear: that the ACORN workers in all but one of the stings were more than happy to assist a pimp and prostitute in  buying a house and in setting up a brothel filled with underage girls from El Salvador. Some of the  criminal activities the ACORN workers were cheerfully willing to facilitate: prostitution, organizing prostitution, bank fraud, filing false documents with the federal government, impairing the welfare of a minor,   immigration violations, and bringing women and minors over state lines for immoral purposes.

But, apparently because O’Keefe didn’t actually wear the outlandish outfit you see above during the stings, none of that matters? LOL.

Seriously, though…this is how Media Matters operates. They will endeavor to invalidate the larger truth of a story, based on one minor flaw, or error that they can sniff out, and then they blow it out of proportion.

Here’s is Patterico’s challenge:

I am offering Eric Boehlert of Media Matters the easiest $100 he ever made.

All he has to do to earn the $100: unequivocally state whether James O’Keefe pretended to be a pimp at ACORN offices. If Boehlert makes the statement publicly — with no weasel-words, no two-stepping, and no qualifications — I will PayPal him $100.

That’s all he has to do….but the only response, Patterico has gotten so far, is: “Leave me alone.” which is really sad, because I think Patterico is a pretty fair and reasonable guy.

I feel perfectly confident that he will never act to collect the C-note I am offering — even though it would require nothing more than typing a simple 8-10 word sentence. For example, this sentence would earn Boehlert $100:

James O’Keefe did not pose as a pimp at ACORN.

That’s $10 a word! Or Boehlert could earn himself a picture of Ben Franklin with this sentence:

James O’Keefe posed as a pimp at ACORN.

UPDATE: Patterico posts Boehlert’s latest lame  response, here.

Sheesh.  Can someone please tell the guys at Media Matters that their Alinsky tactics are old and busted?

See also, Big Fur Hat’s take on this:

Soon They’ll Be Wearing Training Bras


The Shuster/Breitbart Blowup on MSNBC

#1 – Why invite a guy onto your show “to make his case” if you’re not willing to let him get a word in edgewise?

#2 – Isn’t Shuster supposed to be an objective journalist?

#3 – Hey, isn’t Shuster the same maroon who was wondering last week, if there were an equal number of pro-choicers at the big pro life march in Washington, when the actual ratio was approximately 350,000 to 5?

Correction: Oops, that was CNN’s Rick Sanchez. Why do I get those two confused? (That was a rhetorical question).

#4 Shuster’s a schmuck.

AceHot Air, and Big Journalism have  more

Michelle Malkin links in Buzzworthy, thanks


Hump Day New Round-Up

•Frank Ross at Big Government has a good eye:

Former Obama economic adviser, Clinton Secretary of Labor, and Berkely Prof. Robert Reich claimed yesterday in his column at that Fox News played a role in the conservative resurgence of 1994:

In December 1994, Bill Clinton proposed a so-called middle-class bill of rights including more tax credits for families with children, expanded retirement accounts, and tax-deductible college tuition. Clinton had lost his battle for healthcare reform. Even worse, by that time the Dems had lost the House and Senate. Washington was riding a huge anti-incumbent wave. Right-wing populists were the ascendancy, with Newt Gingrich and Fox News leading the charge. Bill Clinton thought it desperately important to assure Americans he was on their side.

Of course Fox News didn’t come into existence until October 7, 1996.

I can’t believe we’re losing the “Hipness” race to these guys.

I realize stories like this have a “Media Matters” nit-picky vibe to them. So Reich got a fact wrong, so he’s guilty of Fox derangement syndrome like so many on the left are…is this really worth mentioning?

Yes. Because the left has been doing it to the right for so long, obsessing over every word uttered on Fox News or talk radio, waiting for minor verbal slip-ups so they can rub our noses in it. The  point of Andrew Breitbart’s “Big” websites is to beat the leftwing media at their own game.

•By the way, it should surprise nobody that Fox is the most trusted name in news.

•You are going to be  appalled, and sadly……..not in the least bit surprised by some of the John Edwards anecdotes  shared by Andrew Young in his new book, The Politician, excerpted in the WSJ, today. Here are just a few:

Donations: “S–t, they love me — they would do anything for me,” John Edwards would say after getting a big donation, Young writes. If refused, he would say, “What the hell — why are they wasting my time? I’m going to be president. I don’t have time for this s–t. Everyone wants to give me advice. I don’t want their advice. I want their money.”

Made in USA: Young says Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?” Before a SEIU candidate forum in Las Vegas, Young says Edwards made him cut out a “made in the USA” label from Young’s own suit to sew in place of Edwards’s “made in Italy” label.

Thoughts of leaving: Young says that Edwards would confide in him about how he thought about leaving “crazy” Elizabeth, but how she plays better with American voters than he. “I cringed when he said this,” Young writes.

Young should have been doing a lot of cringing around Edwards…..he should have been suffering damn near continuous shivering douchechills 24/7 around the guy. Yeesh. Who in their right mind would actively work for a man of such character?  Especially one running for President? What’s wrong with Andrew Young?

•The Marxist Roots Of Obama’s “Economic Pivot”:

Look for two key words likely to appear in the President’s speech: “productive” and “unproductive.”


The false distinction between so-called “unproductive” and “productive” work has a long and sordid history. It was a cornerstone of Marxist economic theory, and was also a staple of antisemitic rhetoric in Europe. Jews, barred by law from owning land and practicing certain trades, became prominent in finance—“unproductive” work, to their detractors—and were scapegoated during times of economic turmoil.

•Another thing to look for in the speech: the number of times he refers to himself.

•And S.E. Cupp has a few more words to look for, and drink to.

Whatever you do, don’t drink to the word, “I”, or you’ll risk alcohol poisoning.

•More SOTU speech (or “State of the Obama” as Rush calls it) drinking rules, via Dana Loesch

•Schadenfreude alert: Progressives’ anger grows against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel:

Few in the Obama administration appeared more formidable than Emanuel did a year ago as the new president entered the White House. He was recruited out of his congressional leadership position by Obama, who wanted only Emanuel to run his White House.

He was regarded as a fearsome political force, the enforcer and implementer of the Obama agenda, as “Rahmbo.” Profiles were written conveying that though Emanuel had matured somewhat since his somewhat wilder days in the Clinton White House, he still had the edge that made him so feared by many.

The story of Emanuel in 1992, after Bill Clinton was elected president, driving a steak knife into a table and shouting, “Dead!” over and over as he named off political enemies, was told again and again.

That story is now being reinterpreted by the ascendant liberal grassroots, which has grown disillusioned with the Obama White House.

“You’re not a tough guy if your first thought upon assuming the power of the presidency is to take it and use it to punish your enemies. You’re a cowardly, petty, small-minded thug,” said Jane Hamsher…

•ZoNation: Why Dems are losing: It Aint Complicated

•RE James O’Keefe’s arrest: Andrew Breitbart says….Wait until the facts are in.

Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O’Keefe, with the clear intention to smear and, if possible, convict O’Keefe and his alleged co-conspirators in the court of public opinion in order to taint the “jury of their peers.”

The ACORN story was a huge black eye for the organized left and their allies and cohorts in the mainstream media. So they are relishing every minute of this breaking story, making it their top story – while they ignored the initial ACORN story until they no longer could.

Read the entire piece.

Yeah, I couldn’t believe how quickly the MSM jumped on this story, after it took them so long to cover the truly damning ACORN stings. I for one, have been reserving judgment until I hear more, but  I think it’s safe to say…it don’t look good.

•Hugh Hewitt interviewed Breitbart, yesterday, after the story broke. Transcript, here.

•Aw! Stand up guy,  Tommy Christopher comes to O’Keefe’s defense.

•LOVE THIS! LOTR fans, get yourselves over to Verum Serum, right now, and watch their epic Video: Requiem for ObamaCare which uses LOTR style and imagery.

•COWABUNGA! Disaster poll: Nearly 70 percent say dump Dems’ health care bill

Linked in Michelle Malkin’s Buzzworthy, thanks!