The White HOUSE-ACORN smok­ing gun

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Why is an af­fil­i­ate of the dis­graced group ACORN lob­by­ing the White House? White House vis­i­tor records show that at­tor­ney Estelle H. Rogers, di­rec­tor of ad­vo­cacy at ACORN-af­fil­i­ated Project Vote, met with a se­nior aide to Obama ad­viser Va­lerie Jar­rett and with Van Jones’ former chief of staff.

Is a sin­gle visit to the White House nor­mally cause for con­cern? Not nec­es­sar­ily, but this is a vis­i­tor from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tions for Re­form Now, an or­ga­ni­za­tion in­fa­mous for mas­sive voter fraud that at one time em­ployed the pres­i­dent of the United States. What in the world did Ms. Rogers and White House of­fi­cials dis­cuss?

The watch­dog group Ju­di­cial Watch has filed a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act law­suit against the Jus­tice Depart­ment de­mand­ing copies of all cor­re­spon­dence be­tween depart­ment of­fi­cials and Ms. Rogers, a former at­tor­ney for ACORN. Ju­di­cial Watch said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ex­tent to which the depart­ment and Project Vote “are part­ner­ing on a national cam­paign to use the National Vot­ing Rights Act to reg­is­ter more in­di­vid­u­als on pub­lic as­sis­tance, widely con­sid­ered a key vot­ing de­mo­graphic for the Obama 2012 cam­paign.”

Ac­cord­ing to Project Vote’s web­site, Ms. Rogers rep­re­sented Project Vote “at meet­ings and leg­isla­tive hear­ings, pre­par­ing a vot­ing rights agenda for sub­mis­sion to the Pres­i­den­tial Tran­si­tion Team in 2008-2009.”

She vis­ited the White House on March 2, meet­ing with Shasti Con­rad and Jon Car­son, ac­cord­ing to the White House vis­i­tors data­base.

Ms. Con­rad is ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to Ms. Jar­rett, who is so close to Mr. Obama and so per­fectly aligned with his think­ing that the me­dia dubbed her “the other side of Barack’s brain” and “a fe­male ver­sion of Barack.”

Mr. Car­son is di­rec­tor of the White House Of­fice of Pub­lic En­gage­ment. He pre­vi­ously was chief of staff at the White House Coun­cil on En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity (CEQ) serv­ing un­der Van Jones, the self-de­scribed com­mu­nist who was known as Mr. Obama’s green jobs czar. Mr. Jones was forced out in Septem­ber 2009 af­ter it was re­vealed he had signed a “truther” pe­ti­tion that ac­cused former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush of or­ches­trat­ing the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks on the United States.

Project Vote is the unit of the ACORN net­work for which Mr. Obama worked in 1992 when he ran a suc­cess­ful get-out­the-vote drive that helped elect the rad­i­cal leftist Carol Mose­ley Braun as Demo­cratic se­na­tor from Illi­nois.

Project Vote’s of­fi­cial po­si­tion is that voter fraud is a myth in­vented by Repub­li­cans to dis­en­fran­chise Demo­cratic vot­ers. The group vil­i­fies as a racist any­one who thinks voter ID re­quire­ments are a good idea and con­stantly presses to make vot­ing re­quire­ments in gen­eral even more lax than they al­ready are.

Us­ing tax­payer re­sources to reg­is­ter peo­ple on wel­fare to vote them­selves more govern­ment ben­e­fits by elect­ing re­dis­tri­bu­tion­ist politi­cians isn’t ex­actly a pub­lic-spir­ited en­ter­prise. It is a key plank of the so-called Cloward-Piven Strat­egy, which seeks to force change by pro­vok­ing crises, and it has long been used by the ACORN net­work.

Pres­i­dent Obama him­self has en­dorsed the strat­egy. The late Ver­non Jar­rett, fa­ther-in-law of Va­lerie Jar­rett, wrote a col­umn for the Chicago SunTimes for Aug. 11, 1992, that quoted the fu­ture pres­i­dent: “All our peo­ple must know that pol­i­tics and vot­ing af­fects their lives di­rectly. If we’re reg­is­ter­ing peo­ple in pub­lic hous­ing, for an ex­am­ple, we talk about aid cuts and who’s re­spon­si­ble.”

News of Ms. Rogers’ White House visit came a few days af­ter Mr. Obama’s 2012 re-elec­tion cam­paign stunned ob­servers. The cam­paign is nam­ing its new get-out-the-vote ef­fort Project Vote. The name choice is puz­zling be­cause the Obama cam­paign spent much of 2008 try­ing to dis­tance the pres­i­dent from his his­tory with Project Vote and ACORN.

His­tor­i­cally, Project Vote and ACORN have been in­dis­tin­guish­able. They share staff mem­bers, of­fice space and money, as former Project Vote em­ployee Anita Mon­Crief has ex­plained. Project Vote still oc­cu­pies ACORN’s old Washington head­quar­ters near Capi­tol Hill.

They also share a com­mon be­lief that voter fraud is needed to push the na­tion even fur­ther to the left.

Matthew Vadum is a se­nior editor at the Cap­i­tal Re­search Cen­ter and author of “Sub­ver­sion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Ter­ror­iz­ing and Rip­ping Off Amer­i­can Tax­pay­ers” (WND Books, 2011).

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