Saturday, September 19, 2009

Obama and ACORN: A Timeline

World Net Daily has done an excellent job of outlining Dear Leader's ties to the corrupt organization known as ACORN. While most of us have always known that he's been capitulating to their every whim, this article really ties it all together nicely and shows just how far BHO has been willing to let ACORN stick it in.

Click here for the entire article.

1990s: Obama meets ACORN

ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, first noticed Obama when he was organizing on the far south side of the city with the Developing Communities Project. A March 2, 2008, Los Angeles Times article by Letta Tayler and Keith Herbert, titled "Obama Forged Path As Chicago Community Organizer," explored Obama's pre-law school days as a community organizer in Chicago and his efforts to build a partnership with Chicago's "Friends of the Parks."

"Obama's task was to help far South Side residents press for improvement," the Times article explained.

1993: Woods Foundation

In 1993, Obama joined the board of the Woods Foundation, a non-profit foundation which declares its goal to "increase opportunities for less advantaged people and communities by giving money primarily to not-for-profit groups involved in housing, the arts and other areas." Obama served along with Bill Ayers and remained on the board until 2002.

Pajamas Media reports that during Obama's time there, ACORN received grants of $45,000 (2000), $30,000 (2001), $45,000 (2001), $30,000 (2002) and $40,000 (2002) from the Woods Fund.

1994: Buycks-Robinson v. Citibank

As WND reported, in 1994, Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School then fresh from his Project Vote! experience, represented ACORN in the Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank case, in which ACORN pressed for Citibank to make more loans to marginally qualified African-American applicants "in a race neutral way."

After obtaining a settlement in the Citibank litigation, ACORN used its subsidiary organization ACORN Housing, a nationwide organization with offices in more than 30 U.S. cities, to push the group's radical agenda to get subprime home buyers mortgages under the most favorable terms possible.

1995: ACORN attorney in Illinois lawsuit

In 1995, Obama was hired as a lawyer for ACORN in a major lawsuit. As a lawyer with civil-rights law firm Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, he sued the state of Illinois on behalf of ACORN to implement the federal "motor voter" law.

Also in 1995, as WND's Jerome Corsi reported, Bill Ayers co-founded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge with a $50 million grant program for the Chicago public schools. Ayers selected Obama to be the first chairman of the board of the Annenberg Challenge, a position Obama held for eight years, until 2003, a period during which Ayers remained active with the Challenge.

In his Wall Street Journal article, Stanley Kurtz wrote that the Annenberg project funneled money to through various far-left community organizers, including ACORN.

Obama's FIght the Smears website claims Obama "never organized with ACORN"

1996: New Party ties

As WND reported, newspaper evidence shows Obama was a member of the New Party, which sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda. While running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 as a Democrat, Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of the New Party, according to confirmed reports during last year's presidential campaign.

Barack Obama pictured in New Party publication (Courtesy New Zeal blog)

According to Democratic Socialists of America documents, the New Party worked with ACORN to promote its candidates.

1997-2004: Illinois state senator

Obama meeting with ACORN leaders as an Illinois Senate candidate

In 1997, Obama became an Illinois state senator. ACORN national board member Toni Foulkes bragged of ACORN's long-standing relationship with Obama prior to his election in the 2003-2004 issue of Social Policy.

2005: U.S. senator

In 2005, Obama became a U.S. senator.

2007: From Obama's own mouth ...

He was asked, "If elected president of the Unites States, would you agree, in your first 100 days, to meet with the delegation of representatives from these various community organizations that campaigned for community values? Could they count on you in your first 100 days to sit down with them?"

Obama responded, "Yes. But let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition, we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America."

2008: ACORN endorses Obama

On Feb. 21, 2008, the Acorn Political Action Committee endorsed Obama over Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries.

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden, insisted they had nothing to do with ACORN after the inner-city advocacy group became engulfed in controversy over voter-registration fraud.

But in August 2008, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Obama campaign paid $832,598.29 to ACORN "offshoot" Citizens Services Inc. for "get out the vote" projects from Feb. 25 to May 17.

The newspaper revealed that Obama's payments to CSI for services were unusual: "For example, CSI received payments of $63,000 and $75,000 for advance work. Excluding the large payments to CSI, the average amount the Obama campaign spent with other organizations was $558.82 per check on more than 1,200 entries classified as advance work."

Anita Moncrief, former ACORN insider

According to the report, Citizens Services Inc. is headquartered at the same address as ACORN's national headquarters in New Orleans. A 2006 ACORN publication describes Citizen Services Inc. as "ACORN's campaign services entity."

2009: Criminal case against ACORN

According to the results of a congressional investigation done in July, ACORN was found to be rife with criminal activity.

A report from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform states that ACORN "has repeatedly and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud. Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate."

Since 1994, ACORN has received more than $53 million in federal funds, according to the report.

"Under the Obama administration, ACORN stands to receive a whopping $8.5 billion in available stimulus funds. Operationally, ACORN is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia through a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract investigators. Structurally, ACORN is a chess game in which senior management is shielded from accountability by multiple layers of volunteers and compensated employees who serve as pawns to take the fall for every bad act," the report said.

So there you have it. BHO may be calling ACORN's recent exposure a travesty, but make no mistake about it. He agrees with and has supported every illegal activity this organization has been a part of.

Birds of a feather...


Andrew33 said...

You have pointed out exactly why I believe it was better for this nation that Obama got elected than McCain. Had McCain been elected, it would have been 4 more years of "center left" G W and these radical groups like acorn that have been festering in this country like a cancer would have had 4 more years to grow under the radar. Now they are out in the open and are scattering like cockroaches.

blackandgoldfan said...

Very excellent point, Andrew! It's gonna be a looooong 3 1/2 years, though.

Amusing Bunni said...

Hi B& G BOF! Excellent item on ACORN, you really connected all the dots. Obama is so tied up with ACORN he Sh*t's peaNUT butter! It's a scandal that keeps on giving, and now it Can't be ignored!
3/12 years and getting WORSE EVERY DAY (I've been saying that since 1/21/09!

blackandgoldfan said...

Hi Sweetie! I didn't connect the dots, but they did a great job at WND laying it out.

At least we've got 3 1/2 more years of blogging material!


Dr. Dave said...

Obama's complicity with ACORN and the MSM's silence on this scandal are astounding.

blackandgoldfan said...

Dr. Dave: The only question I have left is this: Does my tax money pay for the lube when ACORN meets with BHO?

LL said...

Naturally they're going to spin the "ACORN - refresh my memory, what is that organization?" thing. Dear Leader can't be seen to be an integral component in a racketeer influenced and corrupt organization.

It's the pattern of Dear Leaders time in office to date that if you deny it never happened, that means it never did. And if anyone suggests otherwise, then they are a RACIST!

blackandgoldfan said...

LL: That's all they have left in their arsenal. And the American people are seeing right through it.

Bungalow Bill said...

This needs to come out. I know I have touched on it through the week as the corruption story spread. People need to know Obama's roots sprouted from an ACORN that has produced a deep rooted oak tree. It's time we get the chainsaw out and end this charade. Obama is ACORN and ACORN is Obama. They represent each other and their goals.

blackandgoldfan said...

BB: LCR has linked back to this post. Feel free to reblog if you'd like. The more people that see this, the better.

World Net Daily did an excellent job!

Anonymous said...

Nice layout of the big picture.
Let's see if he signs the legislation de-funding acorn.

Anonymous said...

I was sent over here via Left Coast Liberals Blog, and all I have to say is WOW you are a treasure. Please keep up the good work. The time line you put together is amazing. Thanks for being a patriot and putting the truth out there.

God Bless you and God Bless America.

Anonymous said...

OOOPPSSS big OOPPSSS Left Coast REBEL, NOT LIBERAL. My hands were typing faster then my brain.

blackandgoldfan said...

cbullitt: I'd say right now Obama's caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. Either way, it's a political liability.

If he doesn't sign it, I'll be interested to see how the MSM spins it.

blackandgoldfan said...

cpd: Welcome to my humble corner of cyberspace. Hope to see you again.

World Net Daily did all the hard work. I just found it. They deserve the credit.

I'll make sure LCR NEVER finds out about the "liberal" typo. lol

Thanks for stopping. Please do so anytime! :-)

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

Great stuff. Abso-effing-lutely great stuff. I generally stay clear of World Nut Daily, but that's great stuff that NEEDS to be known.

blackandgoldfan said...

Thanks, Steve! Feel free to repost and link back if you'd like! I think it's most important that as many people as possible understand exactly how deep this relationship between BHO and ACORN goes.