Our campaign just released a new web video detailing the ties between Senator Barack Obama and ACORN, the organization currently under investigation for massive voter fraud in a number of battleground states.
As a result of Senator Obama’s blind ambition, he has a long history with the group. Barack Obama trained members of the Chicago ACORN staff, and his campaign has paid more than $800,000 for “voter registration” to an ACORN front group.
We’re asking you to take a few minutes this evening to watch the ad and learn more about the relationship between Senator Barack Obama and ACORN.
After watching the video, please forward along to at least five others. It’s up to us to hold Senator Obama accountable for his questionable judgment and blind ambition.
Thursday, October 9, 2008 11:14 PM
Republicans are in an uproar over claims of vote fraud by the group ACORN.
Sen. John McCain said Thursday that the allegations are serious and “must be investigated, and no one should corrupt the most precious right we have — and that is the right to vote.”
The community group has been registering new voters in key swing states as voter fraud charges have surfaced.
Here are the latest developments:
“ACORN is part of this, but there are other applications which have been filed which appear to have fraudulent signatures and fraudulent identifications of individuals,” Zappala said.
Sen. Barack Obama has denied any ties with the radical community group, but evidence suggests he is not telling the truth.
Obama had worked a lawyer with the group in Illinois. Later he paid an ACORN-affiliated group in Ohio more than $800,000 during the heated Democratic primary season against Sen. Hillary Clinton.
For more details, see Newsmax’s Special Report “Obama and ACORN: You Can Run But
Missouri officials suspect fake voter registration
By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press WriterWed Oct 8, 9:45 PM ET
Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.
Charlene Davis, co-director of the election board in Jackson County, where Kansas City is, said the fraudulent registration forms came from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. She said they were bogging down work Wednesday, the final day Missourians could register to vote.
“I don’t even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy,” Davis said. “We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all.”
The nonpartisan group works to recruit low-income voters, who tend to lean Democratic. Most polls show Republican presidential candidate John McCain with an edge in bellwether Missouri, but Democrat Barack Obama continues to put up a strong fight.
Jess Ordower, Midwest director of ACORN, said his group hasn’t done any registrations in Kansas City since late August. He said he was told three weeks ago by election officials that there were only about 135 questionable cards — 85 of them duplicates.
“They keep telling different people different things,” he said. “They gave us a list of 130, then told someone else it was 1,000.”
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the agency has been in contact with elections officials about potential voter fraud and plans to investigate.
“It’s a matter we take very seriously,” Patton said. “It is against the law to register someone to vote who does not fall within the parameters to vote, or to put someone on there falsely.”
On Tuesday, authorities in Nevada seized records from ACORN after finding fraudulent registration forms that included the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.
In April, eight ACORN workers in St. Louis city and county pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting false registration cards for the 2006 election. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said they submitted cards with false addresses and names, and forged signatures.
Ordower said Wednesday that ACORN registered about 53,500 people in Missouri this year. He believes his group is being targeted because some politicians don’t want that many low-income people having a voice.
“It’s par for the course,” he said. “When you’re doing more registrations than anyone else in the country, some don’t want low-income people being empowered to vote. There are pretty targeted attacks on us, but we’re proud to be out there doing the patriotic thing getting people registered to vote.”
Republicans are among ACORN’s loudest critics. At a campaign stop in Bethlehem, Pa., supporters of John McCain interrupted his remarks Wednesday by shouting, “No more ACORN.”
Debbie Mesloh, spokeswoman for the Obama campaign in Missouri, said in an e-mailed statement that the campaign supported any investigation of possible fraud.
According to its national Web site, the group has registered 1.3 million people nationwide for the Nov. 4 election. It also has encountered complaints of fraud stemming from registration efforts in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada and battleground states like Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina, where new voter registrations have favored Democrats nearly 4 to 1 since the beginning of this year.
Missouri offers 11 electoral votes; the presidential candidates need at least 270 to win the election
By THOMAS SOWELL | Posted Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:30 PM PT
What about those “real issues” that Barack Obama’s supporters in the media say we should get back to, whenever some new unsavory fact about his past comes out?
Surely education is a real issue, with American schoolchildren consistently scoring below those in other countries, and children in minority communities faring worst of all. What about Senator Obama’s position on this real issue?
As with other issues, he has talked one way and acted the opposite way.
The education situation in Obama’s home base of Chicago is one of the worst in the nation for the children — and one of the best for the unionized teachers.
Fewer than one-third of Chicago’s high-school juniors meet the statewide standards on tests. Only 6% of the youngsters who enter Chicago high schools become college graduates by the time they are 25 years old.
For full column: http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=308442485338139
Quote from this column:
Obama has said eloquent and lofty words about education, as he has about other things — for example, how it is “unacceptable in a country as wealthy as ours” that some children “are not getting a decent shot at life” because of the failing schools.
In a predominantly black suburb of Chicago, where the average teacher’s salary is $83,000 and one-fourth of the teachers make more than $100,000, Barack Obama noted that the school day ends at 1:30 p.m.
Even when he verbally endorses the reform idea of merit pay for teachers, he cleverly redefines merit so that it will be measured by teachers themselves, rather than by “arbitrary tests.” In other words, Obama placates critics of the educational status quo by being for merit pay in words, while making those words meaningless, so as not to offend the teachers’ unions.
The failings of teachers are only part of the disaster of inner-city public schools. Disruptive and violent students can make it impossible for even the best teachers to educate students.
In other words, if black males are punished more often than Asian-American females, that can be enough to get the administrators drawn into a legal labyrinth, costing money and time, even if the punishment is eventually upheld.
When a bill was introduced into the Illinois state legislature that would put more teeth into suspensions of misbehaving students, Barack Obama voted against that bill.
For full column: http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=308442485338139
|Can America Afford Another Jimmy Carter?|
|Friday, 10 October 2008|
|The current presidential election is reminiscent of the presidency of Richard Nixon; one cannot help but be reminded of the Watergate Scandal, the biggest political scandal in American history. Watergate caused the American public to lose faith in the presidency and especially the Republican Party. As a result, in 1977 Democrats and some conservative Christian voters rushed to the polls to elect a virtually unknown political figure outside of Georgia and one of the most unqualified liberal presidents in the history of America, Mr. Jimmy Carter.
“Carter began the race with a sizable lead over Ford, who was able to narrow the gap over the course of the campaign, but was unable to prevent Carter from narrowly defeating him on November 2, 1976. Carter won the popular vote by 50.1 percent to 48.0 percent for Ford and received 297 electoral votes to Ford’s 240.”
During the Watergate crisis, the American public’s faith in the government had been severely tarnished and reduced to its lowest level and the work of many federal agencies had been disrupted by the Nixon impeachment fiasco.
Ironically, history seems to be repeating itself. Again, after 30 years or so, we are faced with a similar dilemma. By now, many Americans believe that President Bush’s two terms in office have been a profound failure. For months, Bush’s approval ratings have hovered around 30 and now at 24 percent, the same as President Nixon when he left office.
Once again, as a result of these approval ratings, the Democrats are tripping over each other to put another highly unqualified man, Senator Barack Hussein Obama, into the White House. Ironically, with his past ties to racism, terrorism and hating America, America’s survival remains at peril.
Currently, the foremost topic on the mind of the voter is the economic mess. Finger pointing goes in all directions without a clear understanding of who is to blame. Some goodhearted, naïve Americans again think that Democrats can indeed be the answer. Unfortunately, their answer, most likely, will be disastrous and will lead America to the biggest quagmire in its entire history. We do well to recognize that shortsighted people with short memories are prone to make terrible choices, even when they have the best of intentions.
Therefore, we want to refresh the voters’ memory and help them in making wise decisions. The vote you cast will not simply replace one politician with another. Today, every vote has great existential implications. The economic crisis aside, whether we like it or not, we are truly in a war of survival with Islamofascism and Mr. Obama is not the man who can defend this country.
Now, is all the above just fear-mongering and Democrat-bashing at election time? You are free to see it that way. Nevertheless, it is always more prudent to go with the facts than fiction. In order to understand Obama, we must first re-examine the king negotiator with the dictators and terrorists, Mr. Jimmy Carter.
In short, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalyn would do well to return to the retirement in Plains that the voters intended for them when they voted him out of office.
Mr. Carter’s history of promoting anti-American dictators is no secret. As Stephen Hayward noted in a column in Front Page, “among his complex motivations is his determination to override American foreign policy when it suits him.” As he rotates from North Korea to Venezuela to Cuba from friendships with Hugo Chavez, Cindy Sheehan, Howard Dean, Michael Moore, and Kim Jung Il and many other controversial figuers, Mr. Carter appears to damage the credibility of the United States every time he opens his mouth.
Let us briefly outline the results of Jimmy Carter’s misguided liberal policies. The Islamic Revolution in Iran, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 1979, the takeover of the American embassy in Iran by the fanatic Muslims and holding of hostages, a failed rescue attempt of the hostages, serious fuel shortages in America, a return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama, double-digit inflation, the birth of Osama bin Laden, the Iran-Iraq War, which cost lives of millions dead and wounded thousands, 9/11 attack, and yes, the present war on terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
When former President Carter took office in 1977, the Shah of Iran was a staunch ally of the United States, a mainstay in our standoff with the Soviet Union, thwarting the dream held since the time of the czars of pushing south toward the warm waters of the Persian Gulf.
Former President Carter’s human rights deal, gave rise to one of the worst rights violators in history — the Ayatollah Khomeini. Thanks to Jimmy and company, Khomeini’s successors are preparing for nuclear war with Israel and the West. When President Carter threatening the use of military force, he was mocked by Khomeini with the response: “U.S. cannot do a damn thing.”
Iran, being a great ally of the U.S. during the Cold War, constantly became a target for Soviet subversion and espionage. Just like the U.S. war on terror, few people were arrested in Iran and many were incarcerated, many who threatened its sovereignty and existence, mainly Marxists and Soviet agents and their collaborators.
This action did not appease our former peanut farmer, who, on taking office, declared that advancing “human rights” was among his highest priorities, with the Shah of Iran as his prime target. It is necessary to be reminded and never forgotten, that it was Jimmy Carter and the British Government that masterminded the Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power in 1979 and are the sole reason for today’s Islamic Terrorism around the world.
William H. Sullivan says that he recalls the U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (the same man behind the rise of , Senator Barack Hussein Obama) “repeatedly assured Pahlavi that the U.S. backed him fully. However these reassurances would not amount to substantive action on the part of the United States.” It seems as though it is 1979 all over again and the Democrats, blinded by Obama’s evangelical speech from teleprompter, expect him to solve America’s problem.
Americans, out of resentment, made a huge mistake in electing an inexperienced idealist, Jimmy Carter, simply because they were unhappy with the Nixon scandal and the Republican Party in general. That naïve decision lead us to where we are today. Mr. Carter’s belief that every crisis can be resolved with diplomacy – now permeates the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, Carter was wrong. There are times when evil must be openly confronted and defeated.
Jimmy Carter, the self-appointed touring ambassador of bad-mouthing America, must be rejoicing at the prospect of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Mr. Obama holds the promise of not only carrying on the Carterian misguided policies, but also taking them to their very ruinous end. Most liberal Democrats live in a delusional reality based on denial. As a result by definition, most of the Democrats are in fact “sheeple.”
Again, history is about to repeat itself. While the ever-contrite ambassador of apology, Carter, cavorts with the officially designated terrorist Hamas, bestowing legitimacy on the thuggish Islamists, Mr. Obama is promising to outdo his idol Jimmy by engaging in negotiations or discussions with the “loveable” president Ahmadinejad of the IRI, a sort of tête-à-tête of two heads of states to settle things amicably. Doesn’t that sound lovely and a sure vote getter? But, I am troubled and I have serious concerns.
My fellow Americans, please ask yourself if disliking George W. Bush’s policy is reason enough for you to repeat history again. Mr. Obama, in his meteoric rise to power and with a victory lap around Europe, found it expedient to throw his wonderful grandmother under the bus, so to speak. He readily discarded the Reverend Wright, the man he emulated and held as his revered spiritual mentor for 20 years.
Senator Obama can neither deliver what he captiously preaches, nor can he be your savior. Our future and the future of our children and this country will rest in your hands.
Here is a quick look into 3 former Fannie Mae executives who have
Brought down Wall Street.
Franklin Raines was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie
Mae. Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae
When auditing discovered severe irregularities in Fannie Mae’s
Accounting activities. At the time of his departure The Wall Street
Journal noted, ” Raines, who long defended the company’s accounting
Despite mounting evidence that it wasn’t proper, issued a statement late
Tuesday conceding that “mistakes were made” and saying he would assume
Responsibility as he had earlier promised. News reports indicate the
Company was under growing pressure from regulators to shake up its
Management in the wake of findings that the company’s books ran afoul of
Generally accepted accounting principles for four years.” Fannie Mae had
To reduce its surplus by $9 billion.
Raines left with a “golden parachute valued at $240 Million in benefits.
The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the
Accounting scandal became clear.
http://housingdoom.com/2006/12/18/fannie-charges/ . The Government
Noted, “The 101 charges reveal how the individuals improperly
Manipulated earnings to maximize their bonuses, while knowingly
Neglecting accounting systems and internal controls, misapplying over
Twenty accounting principles and misleading the regulator and the
Public. The Notice explains how they submitted six years of misleading
And inaccurate accounting statements and inaccurate capital reports that
Enabled them to grow Fannie Mae in an unsafe and unsound manner.” These
Ch arges were made in 2006. The Court ordered Raines to return $50
Million Dollars he received in bonuses based on the miss-stated Fannie
Tim Howard – Was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard “was
A strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would
Ensure a “stable pattern of earnings” at Fannie. In everyday English –
He was cooking the books . The Government Investigation determined
That, “Chief Financial Officer, Tim Howard, failed to provide adequate
Oversight to key control and reporting funct ions within Fannie Mae,”
On June 16, 2006, Rep. Richard Baker, R-La., asked the Justice
Department to investigate his allegations that two former Fannie Mae
Executives lied to Congress in October 2004 when they denied
Manipulating the mortgage-finance giant’s income statement to achieve
Management pay bonuses. Investigations by federal regulators and the
company’s board of directors is nce concluded that management did
Manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned
Under pressure in late 2004.
Howard’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $20 Million!
Jim Johnson – A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later
Forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. A look at the Office of
Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s May 2006 report
And corruption inside Fannie Mae, and you’ll see some interesting things
About Johnson. Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a
Substantial amount of Johnson’s 1998 compensation fr om the public,
Reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it
Was $21 million.” Johnson is currently under investigation for taking
Illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae.
Johnson’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
FRANKLIN RAINES? Raines works for the Obama Campaign as Chief Economic
TIM HOWARD? Howard is also a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama
JIM JOHNSON? Johnson hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was
Selected to run Obama’s Vice Presidential Search Committee