Con­nect­ing dots

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“So, less than a week be­fore the midterm elec­tions, four work­ers from Acorn, the lib­eral ac­tivist group that has reg­is­tered mil­lions of vot­ers, [were] in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury for sub­mit­ting false voter-reg­is­tra­tion forms to the Kansas City, Mis­souri, elec­tion board. But hey, who needs voter-ID laws?” the Wall Street Jour­nal said in an edi­to­rial.

“Wewishthiswere­an­aber­ra­tion, but al­le­ga­tions of fraud have tainted Acorn voter drives across the coun­try. Acorn work­ers have been con­victed in Wis­con­sin and Colorado, and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still un­der way in Ohio, Ten­nessee and Penn­syl­va­nia,” the news­pa­per said.

Acorn is the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tions for Re­form Now.

“The good news for any­one who cares about voter in­tegrity is that the Jus­tice De­part­ment fi­nally seems poised to con­nect th­ese dots, in­stead of dis­miss­ing such rev­e­la­tions as the work of a few ya­hoos. Af­ter the fed­eral in­dict­ments were handed up in Kansas City [last] week, the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said in a state­ment that ‘This na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion is very much on­go­ing,’ “ the edi­to­rial con­tin­ued.

“Let’s hope so. Acorn of­fi­cials bill them­selves as non­par­ti­san com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ers merely in­ter­ested in giv­ing a voice to mi­nori­ties and the poor. In re­al­ity, Acorn is a union-backed, mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar out­fit that uses in­tim­i­da­tion and other tac­tics to push for higher min­i­mum-wage man­dates and to trash Wal-Mart and other non-union com­pa­nies.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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