Thursday, 10 September 2009

ACORN, Vote Fraud, and Prostitution

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ACORN symbolIt looks as if the election of Barack Obama means change in more ways than one. It apparently has inspired leftists at ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now, a linchpin in the president's campaign, to go beyond mere voter fraud and to also break the law regarding the prostitution business.

ACORN, a housing organization that also provides free tax advice and preparation and other services, is the community organization that went to the mat "organizing" for Obama. Andrew Breibart, the columnist who started, has posted a video at his new website,, exposing how far ACORN will go in breaking the law.

The video features a film producer and a young woman posing as a law student and his prostitute girlfriend, "Kenya," who went to an ACORN office in Baltimore to secure a housing loan for a brothel Kenya wants to start. They also want to know how to limit her federal income tax and how they can get away with importing underage Central American girls to use as prostitutes. ACORN staff members flatly tell them to lie on tax forms.

After the introductory niceties, the video continues with an amusing discussion of how to list Kenya's occupation on tax forms. Amusingly, the ACORN tax specialist suggests calling her a "performance artist."

"It's not dancing, trust me," the law student admits.

"But dancing is considered an art," the ACORN staff member assures him. The ACORN staff member agrees with Kenya's beau when he says that "sex is kind of like dancing, right."

Strippers, the official says, "usually go under performing arts, which will be what you are — a performing artist."

The ACORN official tells Kenya she needn't claim all of her $8,000 a month in income because she can claim tax write offs for clothing and grooming aids.

After that, the law student divulges his plan to import and prostitute 13 underage girls from El Salvador. Yes, the ACORN official says, that would trespass the law, but the IRS would consider them dependents with the right paperwork.

"What if they are going to be making money because they are performing tricks too?" Kenya's inquisitive beau asks.

The ACORN tax specialist explains that they aren't legal anyway and that "they don't even exist."

Another staff member tells them to claim the girls are "exchange students," and then assures the pair, "Don't worry. You're fine." She also warns the two to "make sure they go to school."

"But they can still work?" the law student asks.

"They can still work, but they need to go to school."

The first ACORN tax specialist then explains how the pair can use child tax credits for some of the young prostitutes, but not to claim all of them. "I wouldn't put no more than three," she advises.

At one point, the tax specialist tells Kenya to stop calling herself a prostitute.

Unsurprisingly, a national ACORN spokesman went nuts over the video. "The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism," he told Fox News. "This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further."

Clearly, the film crew was successful in Baltimore, but in any event this type of blatant disregard for the law is typical of ACORN. Its shenangians during the presidential 2008 election were widely reported, and this week ACORN officials turned in 11 of their own workers for falsifying voter registrations in Florida.

According to the Associated Press, the workers "face multiple counts of two felony charges: false swearing in connection with voting and submission of false voter registration information. Each count is punishable by up to five years in prison." The ACORN workers turned in some 1,400 registrations, 888 of them faked. The fake names included Paul Newman, the late actor, who was used in several applications. Yet, AP reported, "There was no evidence anyone voted who should not have."

The late film star isn't the only celebrity ACORN workers have tried to falsely register. Last year, Mickey Mouse and the starting line-up of the Dallas Cowboys turned up on Florida's voter rolls, and one voter was registered 21 times. The fraud in Florida, however, which included registering convicted felons, was a microcosm of a nationwide effort to put as many voters for Obama on the rolls as possible. Prosecutors in Washington state nailed seven ACORN workers in July 2007. ACORN paid $25,000 to defray the cost of the investigation, which uncovered the largest case of voter fraud in the state's history. ACORN used felons to register voters in Milwaukee.

Unsurprisingly, ACORN was well remunerated for its efforts on behalf of Obama. His campaign gave the group $832,000.

In May, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal reported that Congress will not investigate the group and wants to continue funding this organization with tax money.

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