Project Vote bites the dust

The self-styled vot­ing rights group where Obama cut his teeth was hem­or­rhag­ing money

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Robert Knight Robert Knight is a se­nior fel­low for the Amer­i­can Civil Rights Union.

That huge, suck­ing sound you’re not hear­ing is a left­wing be­he­moth slip­ping down the sewer. At the risk of schaden­freude, the cau­tion­ary Ger­manic ex­pres­sion for tak­ing plea­sure in some­one else’s mis­for­tune, Project Vote (PV), where Barack Obama cut his teeth work­ing as a com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing lawyer in Chicago in 1992, closed its doors on May 31. This is good for Amer­ica.

The self-styled vot­ing rights group was the spawn of ACORN, the cor­rupt out­fit that was shut down seven years ago af­ter its staffers were caught on cam­era giv­ing tax eva­sion ad­vice to two un­der­cover Project Ver­i­tas folks pos­ing as a pros­ti­tute and pimp.

A pet project of bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros, Project Vote was hem­or­rhag­ing money to the tune of $750,000 in 2015. Ap­par­ently, even the Soros wal­let is not in­fin­itely ex­pan­sive, espe­cially when sur­veys show vast num­bers of Amer­i­cans di­rectly op­pose PV’s goal of mak­ing vote fraud eas­ier. Work­ing un­der var­i­ous names, Project Vote has worked over the years to un­der­mine elec­tion in­tegrity safe­guards, espe­cially photo voter ID laws and reg­is­tra­tion re­quire­ments such as proof of cit­i­zen­ship.

The pro­gres­sive pedi­gree of Project Vote is de­scribed in de­tail at Dis­cover­theNet­works (A Guide to the Po­lit­i­cal Left): “All of PV’s pol­icy pre­scrip­tions are de­signed to max­i­mize voter turnout among de­mo­graph­ics that tra­di­tion­ally sup­port Democrats in over­whelm­ing num­bers. More­over, sev­eral of the group’s pre­ferred poli­cies — such as loos­ened stan­dards for voter-reg­is­tra­tion and -iden­ti­fi­ca­tion—in­vari­ably make it eas­ier for elec­tion-re­lated fraud to take place.

“Pur­su­ing the so­called ‘cri­sis strat­egy’ or Cloward-Piven Strat­egy pi­o­neered dur­ing the 1960s by po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven ... PV’s ob­jec­tive is to over­whelm, par­a­lyze, and dis­credit the Amer­i­can vot­ing sys­tem through an abun­dance of fraud­u­lent reg­is­tra­tions, fraud at the bal­lot box, protests, pro­pa­ganda, and vex­a­tious lit­i­ga­tion.”

Ms. Piven was still listed as a mem­ber on the group’s web­site on the day of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s clos­ing. Since its found­ing in 1982, Project Vote has marched in lock­step with other left­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Soros-funded uni­verse.

Another PV lead­er­ship lu­mi­nary, Di­rec­tor of Ad­vo­cacy Estelle Rogers, honed her skills as an at­tor­ney for ACORN be­fore that group was forced to dis­band un­der charges of cor­rup­tion and fraud in Novem­ber 2010. And let’s not for­get Field Di­rec­tor Amy Busefink, who pled guilty to two gross mis­de­meanor counts of con­spir­acy over pay­ing peo­ple to reg­is­ter vot­ers in Ne­vada when she was work­ing for ACORN.

PV staff worked hand in glove with Pres­i­dent Obama’s Jus­tice Depart­ment to at­tack voter ID laws in courts across the coun­try and sign up mil­lions of vot­ers at wel­fare and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies un­der Bill Clin­ton’s Mo­tor Voter law. Of 1.3 mil­lion reg­is­tra­tions Project Vote/ACORN sub­mit­ted in the 2008 elec­tion cy­cle, more than one-third were re­port­edly in­valid. Shock­ing? Not re­ally.

In Broward County, Florida, scene of the at­tempted theft of the 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the Amer­i­can Civil Rights Union (ACRU) is su­ing the county for hav­ing more than 100 per­cent of its el­i­gi­ble vot­ing age pop­u­la­tion reg­is­tered to vote. Many Project Vote at­tor­neys have joined forces with the S.E.I.U. and Democrats to fight the le­gal bat­tle for the county. There should be fire­works at the county court­house in Fort Laud­erdale in late July when the case goes to trial.

To give you just a taste of how bad Broward’s voter rolls are, this county of nearly two mil­lion peo­ple, with a non-cit­i­zen pop­u­la­tion of over 250,000, re­moved only 19 peo­ple from its vot­ing rolls over the last five years for lack­ing U.S. cit­i­zen­ship.

“The bat­tle over who con­trols Amer­ica’s po­lit­i­cal voice boils down to whether the cit­i­zens can drown out the fraud­sters,” said ACRU Chair­man and CEO Su­san A. Car­leson.

“And there’s no doubt about whose side Project Vote was on.”

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY GREG GROESCH

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