WASHINGTON -- Activist group ACORN is subverting America's election system by using fraud and corruption to mislead poor, minority communities, and the media is complicit in the effort, an organization of Republican lawyers claims.
“[ACORN’s] antics include embezzlement, cover-ups, document destruction, misuse of taxpayer funds for political purposes, voter fraud, campaign finance violations, and non-profits abuse,” said Heather Heidelbaugh, a Pittsburgh attorney and vice president of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA).
“Most of us think ACORN is all about trying to conduct massive voter register drives, but that’s just a ruse,” Heidelbaugh said as part of a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “What ACORN is trying to do is change the very core of what America is. And they’re using poor people and people of color to do it.”
The group discussed ACORN’s track record of election fraud, which is concerning considering the group is the largest grass roots organization in America with 170 affiliated organizations. Despite a series of complaints of voter registration fraud by ACORN representatives, however, the mainstream media is reluctant to report on the group’s transgressions, RNLA officials say.
Heidelbaugh, who in October of 2008 tried a preliminary case on behalf of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee alleging voter fraud, misrepresentation, violation of the equal protection code and due process by ACORN, claims the New York Times refused to go with a story brought to the court about a woman who testified in court about Barack Obama’s link to ACORN.
“If somebody testifies in court, under oath, and tells the truth and has evidence, certainly then the truth will come out,” Heidelbaugh surmised. She then brought the court transcript to the CNN investigative reporter covering the court case.
“I was interviewed by a CNN reporter with a camera at the trial. It [the story] never got out,” Heidelbaugh said. “I was later told, ‘We’re not going with this story; it’s a game-changer.’ ABC World News tonight? Same story. This is the failure of our democracy. This is the failure of the mass media to enforce our First Amendment.”
Heidelbaugh said the Obama campaign provided a spreadsheet listing its maxed-out donors to ACORN to raise funds, which was admitted into evidence and was released to every media outlet in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press, and CNN.
“After two days of working with the news outlets, the investigative reporter for CNN said, ‘We’re shutting the story down,’ simply because the Obama campaign called the court house and said, ‘We did not provide that.’ So they killed the story.”
Heidelbaugh said ACORN’s massive voter registration drives are not to register voters, “It’s to tell their liberal funding sources they will register 1.5 million voters, and each of these massive foundations and support units will then send in massive amounts of money which go unaccounted for and are completely untraceable. It’s a complete subterfuge to get money into the organization. They don’t care whether people are registered or not; they want the numbers for their funders,” Heidelbaugh said.
“There might be one thing worse than having Al Franken in the Senate,” Heidelbaugh quipped, “and that’s ACORN conducting the census."
Hans von Spakovsky, a visiting legal scholar at The Heritage Foundation, pointed out the United States’ long history of voter fraud.
“There [have] been so many examples of voter fraud documented throughout this nation’s history that it demonstrates not only that voter fraud is real, but that it could affect the outcome of a close election,” von Spakovsky said.
“But liberals constantly deny that voter fraud exists. When prosecutions are started, they try everything they can to stop them. They also stop states from taking any steps through legislation or regulation that will prevent it.”
Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council, who also is a leading conservative and former Ohio Secretary of State, also warned of the dangers of the White House taking over the census.
Blackwell says the Obama administration is simply exercising the basic rules of political power, which are, “Get it; use it; keep it; expand it."
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