Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Just a reminder, Barack Obama is ACORN, and ACORN is Barack Obama

While ACORN is supposedly a non-partisan organization, its political action committee apparently is not. On February 21, 2008, ACORN's PAC officially endorsed Barack Obama's candidacy for president. The following are excerpts from a statement that was published on Obama's campaign website, which is now the Organizing for America website, in February 2008 and that remains on the site today:

Last night, Sen. Obama received the more than necessary two-thirds of the majority needed from our elected national leadership to secure the endorsement,” said Maude Hurd, ACORN’s National President. “Over the past months, we have worked with the leading candidates; ACORN’s members have deep appreciation and respect for Senators Clinton and Edwards and their work on behalf of our communities. What it came down to was that Senator Obama is the candidate who best understands and can affect change on the issues ACORN cares about like stopping foreclosures, enacting fair and comprehensive immigration reform, and building stronger and safer communities across America.”

In the past three weeks, Sen. Obama has met with ACORN leaders regarding foreclosure prevention solutions, including a roundtable discussion on Tuesday in San Antonio.

When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a
nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, "I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.”

(Emphasis added).

Oddly, after ACORN's PAC endorsed then candidate Obama, his campaign paid ACORN subsidiary Citizens Services Inc. $800,000 in 2008 for get-out-the-vote efforts. From my perspective, it almost looks like Barack Obama is ACORN, and ACORN is Barack Obama. Perhaps it's time that someone look into the actual extent of that relationship.

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