Sunday, August 03, 2008

John Edwards, ACORN and voter fraud

Responding to “Edwards-Hunter 3-minute video", an outstanding satirical video exposing former Sen. John Edwards hyppcracy and mendacity, an alert commenter said:

In the video, when Edwards is at his press conference and makes his "No comment" concerning the National Enquirer story of his Beverly Hilton tryst], he's standing in front of a red banner. It bears the logo of ACORN, the housing-advocacy group that is one of the big winners in the bailout bill that Congress passed and President Bush signed this week.

While ACORN is the darling of much of the hard left, it has a troubled history with respect to misappropriation of funds and voter-registration fraud.

This just emphasizes that Edwards is by his own free will a very public public figure. He wants to have a hand in setting the national agenda on matters of great moral import. Examples include: the mortgage meltdown, foreclosures, the moral hazard of lenders and borrowers, federal funding of "nonpartisan" arms of left-wing political advocacy groups.

Yet while assigning responsibility is okey-dokey on matters like these... as regards to other things... not so much.

I understand that he feels this way. But why do reporters, editors, and publishers go along? The National Enquirer as the organization that's upholding journalistic standards!?
I think the commenter and most of you know why MSM has suppressed this story: Edwards is a Democrat and favorite of the Left.

As for ACORN, here’s some of what John Fund reported last July in the Wall Street Journal - - -

… But the most interesting news came out of Seattle, where on Thursday local prosecutors indicted seven workers for Acorn, a union-backed activist group that last year registered more than 540,000 low-income and minority voters nationwide and deployed more than 4,000 get-out-the-vote workers.

The Acorn defendants stand accused of submitting phony forms in what Secretary of State Sam Reed says is the "worst case of voter-registration fraud in the history" of the state.

The list of "voters" registered in Washington state included former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, New York Times columnists Frank Rich and Tom Friedman, actress Katie Holmes and nonexistent people with nonsensical names such as Stormi Bays and Fruto Boy. The addresses used for the fake names were local homeless shelters.

Given that the state doesn't require the showing of any identification before voting, it is entirely possible people could have illegally voted using those names.

Local officials refused to accept the registrations because they had been delivered after last year's Oct. 7 registration deadline. Initially, Acorn officials demanded the registrations be accepted and threatened to sue King County (Seattle) officials if they were tossed out.

But just after four Acorn registration workers were indicted in Kansas City, Mo., on similar charges of fraud, the group reversed its position and said the registrations should be rejected. But by then, local election workers had had a reason to carefully scrutinize the forms and uncovered the fraud. Of the 1,805 names submitted by Acorn, only nine have been confirmed as valid, and another 34 are still being investigated. The rest--over 97%--were fake.

In Kansas City, where two Acorn workers have pleaded guilty to committing registration fraud last year while two others await trial, only 40% of the 35,000 registrations submitted by the group turned out to be bogus.

But Melody Powell, chairman of the Kansas City Board of Elections, says Acorn's claim that it brought the fraud in her city to light is "seriously misleading." She says her staff first took the evidence to the FBI, and only then Acorn helped identify the perpetrators. …

The entire Fund/WSJ report is here.

John Fund is one of the best investigative reporters and commenters there is. He work exposing voter fraud has been outstanding.

I’ll be linking to him often during the coming months.


Anonymous said...


I should also mention that the clip with ACORN was in Houston, TX
where MS. Kizee filed her affidavit.

Anonymous said...

"John Fund is one of the best investigative reporters and commenters there is. He work exposing voter fraud has been outstanding" And one of the very few, That doesn't mean he isn't good, it means there's a lot of media folks who are lazy, incompetent, or biased. Or all three.

reunionpi said...

Rielle Hunter of the John Edwards story: The $9,644 judgment and her ex who is also an attorney

Anonymous said...

John -

Imagine if a right-wing group had done this? It would have been all over the MSM. But if left-wing group does it, there is almost nary a peep; sort of like the Edwards-Hunter cover-up.

Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

Hey, if Bob Wilson goes on The O'Reilly Factor I hope he will try to sneak in a comment about the way the N&O and the H-S rushed to cover the salacious made-up unproven junk about the Duke lacrosse players, but wouldn't print a thing about John Edwards.

Ted Vaden is trying to make it all seem reasonable in today's N&O.

Anonymous said...

You guys have to check out this place if you haven't already.

Click on the link that takes you to Hunter/Druck's former site "Being is Free".

If you read any of that stuff you will know that Edwards has to be one of the biggest simpletons on the planet to get messed up with someone like Hunter.

She's a real loony bird. She talks at length about being a former druggie, etc....
The woman isn't even that attractive in the first place.

If all the facts prove true, John Edwards will be proven to be a real loser in more ways than one.

Anonymous said...


How many votes decided the outcome of the presidential election in 2000 in Florida. Voter fraud can change the outcome of important elections and the direction of the country. This info of voter fraud is VERY, VERY troubling!!!