ACORN Money Trail

This page contains some of the various supporting public records and other research documents that are related to the following Posts (and others – see Home pg for all posts):

Published March 23, 2009;
with ongoing updates

Campaign Finance Secrets:

How organizations like ACORN & SEIU inconspicuously funnel taxpayer cash through 527s organizations
Obama’s $$$ from ACORN, SEIU, Podesta and Soros

Top 50 Federally Focused Organizations, 527s. Click to Enlarge.

Top 50 Federally Focused Organizations, 527s. Click to Enlarge.

America Votes members, including ACORN & SEIU. Click to Enlarge.

America Votes members, including ACORN & SEIU. Click to Enlarge.

The first two reports above are examples of how federally-funded organizations that are supposed to be non-partisan in order to qualify for such funding,  are able to buy political favors and avoid investigation. Most follow the scheme of funneling money instead into a 527s organization, for the purposes of supporting specific political candidates, causes or ballot measures. These examples provided are the Top 50 Federally Focused Organizations, which are tax-exempt 527s organizations.  Note that some orgs you’ll see on the list, if you look into who their members are, receive a great deal of tax-payer funds from the government. It’s as though we give our money to our government, so that it can just come right back to them. Really, it’s no different than money laundering. How can we allow Congress to continue denying the taxpayers an investigation into this behavior? Since many of them are the recipients, how else can we get a Justice Dept. investigation? What it truly warrants is a RICO investigation.

ACORN makes much of its political donations through other 527s organizations, such as America Votes, and the Working Families Party, in addition to joining forces with labor unions, including SEIU, and other organizations that can make political donations under less restrictions than theirs (labor unions are supposed to be very rigid in campaign finance limitations; however, given the billions spent by unions annually in politics, it would appear that most have found ways to donate quite freely).

The Fund for America was established by John Podesta, Anna Burger (SEIU Sec/Treas and current Adviser on Obama’s Economic Recovery Board), and Rob McKay. The Fund for America’s largest donors? George Soros and SEIU.

Emily’s List of course consists of many of the same progressive groups, including America Coming Together, a “sibling” of America Votes.

Of these top 5 heaviest hitters for 527s organizations, only one is Republican: American Solutions Winning the Future which belongs to Newt Gingrich. Obama attacked the GOP during the 2008 election, claiming he had to back out of using public campaign funds because the GOP “would use 527 groups” against him.  It’s almost insulting that Democrats and the President would think the American citizens so stupid as not to be able to perform a little simple campaign finance research to publicize the real story. But then, what else would we expect?

Additional Supporting Documents

The following documents are mentioned in other posts that are part of the ACORN Series, and are listed here in a central location for easy reference. Please read the posts noted at the top of this page to get the full stories behind the documents.

ACORN vs. Wade Rathke, et. al.
Jan. 4, 2004
Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans
State of Louisiana

 

acorn-vs-rathke

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spacer Federal Elections Committee
Report: Committees And Candidates Supported/Opposed
Committee Name:  Service Employees International Union, Committee on Political Education (SEIU COPE)
Treasurer: Anna Burger
Total $ Support Barack Obama (see pg. 6): $27,853,102.00
(out of a reported $74,000,000.00 total from SEIU)

 

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Justice Dept. Complaint against ACORN
Jan.7, 2009
For allegations of RICO Act, False Statements to Agents of the U.S.Government, Mail Fraud, ERISA Violations, and Conspiracy Against Civil Rights.

 

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Jennifer Miller, Kimberley Grant vs. ACORN, Project Vote/Voting for America

Oct. 14, 2008
Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
Charges ACORN willfully uses taxpayer funds to support fraudulent political operations.

 

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Federal Assistance Reports
from USAspending.gov, OMBwatch system

NOTE: This is not inclusive of all federal assistance that may have been reported. Other categories of federal assistance outside of grants may have been reported to other federal data sources and should be retrieved separately to determine the total of all federal assistance provided to these organizations.

Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2000-2009 Summary*

 

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*(NOTE: Data contains a limited number of records that are unrelated to the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now – i.e. “Acorn Montessori School”. These line items should be removed from the Total Dollars amount where applicable)

Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2000-2009 Summary
This version also includes grants

 

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Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2009 YTD

 

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Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2008

 

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Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2007

 

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Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2006

 

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Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2005

 

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Federal Assistance to: ACORN
Federal Fiscal Year: 2004

 

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Federal Assistance to: SEIU (at ACORN address)
Federal Fiscal Year: 2000-2007*

 

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Federal Contract Award to: SEIU
Federal Fiscal Year: 2000-2009

 

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Funding from Tides Foundation to ACORN (partial list)

 

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Funding from Federal Government to Tides Center / Tides Foundation

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*(NOTE: Data contains a limited number of records that may or may not be unrelated to the Tides Center / Tides Foundation – i.e. “the Tides Motel”. These line items should be removed from the Total Dollars amount where applicable)

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Acorn’s Power Profile
a presentation prepared by Tom Feeney

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ACORN’s Hypocritical House of Cards
How One “Community” Group Helped the Housing Crisis Harm Taxpayers
A great report from the Consumer Rights League,
which has done excellent research on ACORN

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Department of Labor
Public Disclosure Search
Payer/Payee Search: Change to Win, Anna Burger

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National Right to Work Legal Defense Fund
FOIA Request to Dept. of Labor
To investigate complaints against ACORN,
and SEIU and other unions alleging tactics of intimidation

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$1.5 Million “Loan” to ACORN/Bertha Lewis from Forest City Ratner
To most, it really appears as payment for buying ACORN’s support of the Atlantic Yards project. Just sayin…

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ACORN vs. Cathy Cox et al (Georgia State Elections Board)
Filed 9/11/2008, US District Court, Northern District of GA, Atlanta Division
ACORN alleges Georgia can’t check SS# or other proof of citizenship
(Translation: ACORN demands to register illegal immigrants)

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Here’s a list of lawsuits (not all-inclusive):
Unless you have a subscription to LexisNexis or other legal research system, you cannot access the full cases from the links I’d usually provide here.  I’d suggest copying the case name, then searching either with that specific court’s website, or on Google. You’ll likely find it.

ACORN as Defendant:

  • Jackson v. ACORN, March 24, 2009, Alabama Northern District Court, Job Discrimination (Race)
  • Miller et al v. Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Inc. a.k.a. ACORN et al, November 13, 2008, Ohio Southern District Court, Diversity/Civil Rights, Amt. Demanded by Plaintiff: $75,000,000.00
  • Toler v. Acorn International, Inc., February 19, 2008, Louisiana Eastern District Court, Civil Rights/05:2302 Federal Whistleblowing Act
  • Nathaniel A. Toler v. Acorn International, Inc., October 30, 2007, California Eastern District Court, Civil Rights/28:1332 Diversity-Employment Discrimination
  • Bryant v. Acorn, October 27, 2006, Michigan Eastern District Court, Civil Rights
  • (PS) King v. Acorn Housing Corp, et al, September 13, 2004, California Eastern District Court, Civil Rights/42:2000 Job Discrimination (Race)
  • MCGILL-GRASSO v. ACORN FERNROCK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER, December 2, 2008, Pennsylvania Eastern District Court, Other Statutes/Civil Case

ACORN as Plaintiff:

  • Chicago Acorn et al v. United States Department of Housing And Urban Development, The et al, May 23, 2005, Illinois Northern District Court, Civil Rights/42:405 Fair Housing Act
  • Acorn et al v. County Of Nassau et al, May 12, 2005, New York Eastern District Court, Civil Rights/42:405 Fair Housing Act
  • Acorn et al v. City of Seattle et al, March 22, 2005, Washington Western District Court, 42:1983 Civil Rights Act
  • ACORN et al v. Bysiewicz, September 28, 2004, Connecticut District Court, Civil Rights – Voting/42:1983 Civil Rights Act
  • Acorn International, LLC v. Crane, August 25, 2006, Tennessee Western District Court, 28:1332 Diversity-Contract Dispute

Miscellaneous Progressive Presentations:

Green Jobs, Green Economy, Cap & Trade…

The Green Collar Economy: In Search of Eco-Equity, Van Jones

  • A Green New Deal platform
  • Discusses the Clean Energy Corps, newly established under Americorps on 4/23/2009, which will be a successor to the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration of the 1930s New Deal. Civilians commit to service for pay to combat global warming and advocate for eco-equity, etc.

Van Jones on Jobs, Jails, and Environmental Justice; David Kupper, March 2008

Global Change, Eco-Apartheid and Population Health, 11/7/2007

  • Slide 29 focuses on the well-being of Americans (or lack of it) and says that “Eco-footprints are correlated with lifestyle”, meaning that the more you use from the earth, the more unhealthy (and obese) you likely are, which is expensive for everyone and displaces the less wealthy.
  • Slide 32 offers a chart that focuses on “Wasted Wealth: Diminishing returns from health care expenditures”
  • Slide 33 asks the question, “Can the already wealthy be persuaded to live on smaller footprints so the poor may live at all?”

Ending Eco-Apartheid: Bridging the Green Divide, Verde Consulting Group, Sacramento, CA, August 2008

Focuses on:

  • Correcting the issue of imbalance between “the ecological haves and have-nots”
  • Redistribution of “Eco-assets”; ensuring that communities of color are provided the same assets that affluent areas enjoy
  • “Park-starved communities” – implies that communities of color may be deprived of “clean air” while affluent areas have access to park land and conservation areas, bike paths, etc.
  • “Toxic Assets” – implies facilities of higher toxic release may intentionally be placed in communities f color

Environmental Justice for All, Co-op America, includes article from Van Jones, 2007

“Communities of color have long been targeted for toxic facilities, including dumps and incinerators. Not only are they fighting back, but they’re also creating sustainable alternatives.”

The Future is Green! What are green jobs? Why are they important? SC Employment Security Commission, 11/3/2008

Creating Community Leadership on Climate and Energy

Snippets of concern:

Climate change solutions, carefully crafted can ‘narrow the gap between rich and poor’”.  Also indicates that climate change solutions can be forced into implementation by intentionally taking steps “that disproportionately benefit the already well-off and isolate people from one another in a setting of fear and competition.

Slide 42: “Pass Laws to Limit Corporate Rights & Influence”…Political Transformation – discusses forcing economic and social equality, as well as “increasing citizen participation & influence through Voter Registration, Vote Protection & Paper Ballots, Campaign Finance Reform – votes rather than money and Proportional Representation” (CENSUS!).

Slide 55: “Maximizes the gain for low-income communities and communities of color. Minimizes the pain for the most vulnerable. Creates green-collar jobs. Limits carbon emissions at a level that nature (not big business) dictates, and Makes polluters pay for their bad technology choices.”

Climate Leadership Workshop

From various slides:

  • Green Jobs movement – Communities of color transforming the political landscape, community colleges breaking new ground — GCC
  • Steelworkers Union leading, with SEIU, Teamsters and other unions joining
  • slide 16 is especially interesting, as it notes “taxpayer subsidies ahead” and “redistribution of wealth”

Pittsburgh Green Innovators program

  • Funded by Heinz Endowments, subsidized by proposed government funds through agencies like DOE, EPA, DOT, Energy & Commerce…
  • slide 12, covers integral unions, including SEIU
  • slide 23, covers potential funding sources
  • Helps you understand why any politician representing coal mining areas would have voted FOR cap & trade

Other General Presentations:

Labor and the People vs. the Ultra-Right, a Gigantic Battle in 2008

(converted to PDF from http://www.cpusa.org/filemanager/download/82/battle_2008.ppt)

A presentation prepared in 2006 and used in 2007 throughout the sessions of primary labor unions, “Battle 2008” focuses on the need to increase labor union membership and to join their forces to advance progressive causes.  This one spreads outrageous charges like these:

  • “The right-wing will stop at nothing to maintain power. They will continue to obstruct and steal elections.”
  • “For nearly three decades, since Ronald Reagan was President, the ultra-right has dominated the political scene. They enabled a rampage by big business and trans-nationals to destroy unions and dismantle public services.”
  • “The ultra-right hopes voters will simply blame the Democrats and forget who is responsible for starting the war, looting the economy and fanning the flames of racism.”

And the presentation further states that “Sweeping the ultra-right out will usher in a new political era. Organizing can win real gains to rebuild America, change foreign policy, and achieve ‘no war & no warming‘.”

And while just about every major labor union includes stats and quotes from this very presentation, its source doesn’t seem to bother any of them.  The source?  The Communist Party USA. Yes, really.

SEIU: The New California Dream – a 21st Century Agenda

From the SEIU Local 1000 website, this 2007 presentation sets out their path to take control of power in the state by leveraging the strength of the unions to change California’s social and economic landscape and  “to improve the lives of all Californians and to increase California’s competitiveness in a global economy.”  As we know from reading this and SEIU’s other documents, they aggressively push anti-corporate, anti-capitalist agendas.  In a nation where the very fabric of our society is founded upon capitalist principles (balanced by the intervention of government in cases of abuse, fraud and immorality)  it should come as no surprise that a socialist-leaning agenda only begets more poverty.

Two short years after presenting its plan to “more fairly redistribute the wealth in the nation’s 6th largest economy”, the SEIU now reaps the benefits of their plan in the comfort of a now entirely BANKRUPT state. Proof that free-markets are meant to drive the economy, not the anti-American policies of an overly aggressive labor movement.  Other states should be paying closer attention to what really caused California’s financial crisis.

Moving Progressive Policy in the States

Just read the whole thing…nothing specific to point out, it’s really just all of it in its entirety.

YouTube – AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama

When Obama began campaigning for the 2009 presidency, the biggest union leaders of course collaborated on how to position their candidate to their captive audiences of hundreds of thousands of union members.  As noted in their very planning presentations from early on, unions intentionally focused on creating racial divide, in many cases manufacturing outrage in a dishonest fashion. In this clip from Trumka at a United Steelworkers event, he portrays all Pennsylvanians as uneducated racists, stating that the only reason anyone in this country could possibly have for voting against Obama is because of his skin color. He offers no room whatsoever for the possibility that many might simply disagree with Obama’s policies, not his race. Sadly, this video clip has been heralded all over the Internet as one of the great inspirational speeches to American workers, which I found so disappointing given its blatantly discriminatory nature and false portrayal of many Pennsylvanians and other Americans.

11 responses to “ACORN Money Trail

  1. anon

    you are an idiot.

    • Normally, I remove comments like this. As my comments policy states, I welcome those who agree and disagree, but the comments must be constructive and not resort to just name calling. However, it appears you may be from the Chicago area, and judging by the fact that you’ve posted as an “anonymous” user, I will consider the possibility that you may be from ACORN or a related organization. In which case, I would be very interested to hear your criticism in a constructive way. I welcome you to post back with any reasoning that you’d like to offer that factually disputes the reports that are posted on this page and supports your opinion.

  2. MeG

    Go get ’em Liberty Chick!

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    • Ben Baker

      Nice work. Get the truth out there. Too bad the justice dept is too busy investigating Bush, the CIA, Military, and freeing terrorists that they can’t link criminal enterprises anymore.

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  6. Ratchell

    HOLY SUGARS! so like where is everyone who has read this stuff? where are the voices? i am still trying to get my head around Cloward & Piven and Saul Alinsky…Were we not promised “a republican government”? (Article IV, Section 4: CONSTITUTION) i thought it was me, really.

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