10.01.2008 0

How Much Does an Election Cost?

  • On: 10/23/2008 16:52:23
  • In: Stop ACORN!
  • Just how much does an election cost these days?

    Well, $832,598.29 would be a good start.

    As reported by the Washington Times today, that is how much money the Obama campaign paid to Citizen Services Inc. (CSI), an off-shoot of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now—better known as ACORN—from February 25 through May 17 of this year. The money was used for “get-out-the-vote” projects. However, criticism has arisen over the past several weeks regarding Barack Obama’s so-called “mistaken” disguising of these donations in his FEC disclosure as “advance work.”

    So why would the Obama campaign perhaps seek to cover up these large donations by misrepresenting them in federal reports.

    It might have something to do with the steadily emerging reality that ACORN happens to be one of the most widespread criminal organizations in the nation whose actions subvert democracy on behalf of their chosen liberal politicians. Barack Obama—having been openly endorsed by ACORN’s political action committee—is one of their chosen. After all, Barack Obama chose them back in 1992 when he worked for the ACORN off-shoot Project Vote and then again in 1995 when he represented ACORN in legal matters.

    Unfortunately for Senator Obama, ACORN is one nutty organization he does not want to be associated with—and for good reason.

    As a recent Investor’s Business Daily article outlines in full, ACORN’s criminal activity is long-lasting, widespread and rampant. Their most troubling activity is nationwide voter fraud in places like Nevada, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

    ACORN has turned in thousands of fraudulent voter registration cards, registered dead people, registered the same people numerous times, registered incarcerated people, registered fake people and even fraudulently registered the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys. In Indianapolis, for example, 105 percent of the population is registered to vote. What makes this situation all the more troubling is ACORN’s unabashed support for ultra-liberals like Barack Obama. It’s fast becoming clear that ACORN loves Democrats but hates democracy.

    That being said, it is no mystery why Barack Obama would try to conceal his $800,000 donation to ACORN’s “get-out-the-vote” activities. As Blair Latoff, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee remarked in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article:

    “Barack Obama’s failure to accurately report his campaign’s financial records is an incredibly suspicious situation that appears to be an attempt to hide his campaign’s interaction with a left-wing organization previously convicted of voter fraud. For a candidate who claims to be practicing ‘new’ politics, his FEC reports look an awful lot like the ‘old-style’ Chicago politics of yesterday.”

    In the same article, Jim Terry, spokesman for a group that tracks ACORN, also pointed out the following:

    “All of this just seems like an awful lot of money and time spent on political campaigning for an organization that purports to exist to help low-income consumers…ACORN has a long and sordid history of employing convoluted Enron-style accounting to illegally use taxpayer funds for their own political gain…Now it looks like ACORN is using the same type of convoluted accounting scheme for Obama’s political gain.”

    The truth can only stay hidden for so long: it is looking increasingly like Barack Obama may be trying to buy this election through his surrogates at ACORN. The dots—and fraudulent votes—are not hard to connect. In the least, it doesn’t look good. With full knowledge of their past behavior and anti-democratic tendencies, the Democrat nominee for President of the United States appears to have recruited ACORN to illegally circumvent the electoral process. Barack Obama is complicit in every sense of the word.

    Just yesterday, Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson issued a statement calling for the United States Attorney General to launch an investigation into Obama’s ties to ACORN. As he stated:

    “This appears to be a concerted, coordinated effort to elect Senator Barack Obama to be president by whatever means necessary…If law enforcement officials do not act quickly, the entire legitimacy of the 2008 election will be undermined.”

    With the legitimacy of the election in question, the nation’s top law enforcement officials must aggressively follow up on this travesty.

    Even John McCain, who has a tendency to tread lightly around Barack Obama’s scandals, cannot ignore what is going on here. In somewhat atypical fashion, Senator McCain became aggressive yesterday at a campaign rally in Wisconsin to criticize Obama’s ties to ACORN:

    “There are serious allegations of voter fraud in the battleground states across America. They must be investigated and no one should corrupt the most basic right we have, and that is the right to vote.”

    Nevertheless, Senator McCain needs to go a step further. The voter registration files of all these states in question need to be impounded and federal Marshals should be stationed at every polling station in America to ensure the legitimacy of this upcoming election. The seriousness and gravity of this situation should not be taken lightly.

    The first responsibility of government is to protect the American people and the sanctity of democracy—and that includes the very ballot itself.

    Allowing a candidate to buy an election would be a tragedy of unprecedented degree.

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