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Senate Candidate Brunner is ACORN Loyalist

By Jim Meyers   |   Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 01:01 PM

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who has announced she is running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, might well expect support from the community organizing group ACORN in her campaign.

After all, Brunner was accused of doing ACORN’s bidding when she oversaw voter registration for the November elections in Ohio.

Brunner “openly defied federal election law last fall in accordance with ACORN’s wishes,” Matthew Vadum wrote on the Capital Research Center Web site.

Shortly before the election, Vadum observed in the American Spectator: “Brunner, a Democrat, has declined to enforce the provisions of the Help America Vote Act that requires her to use a database to allow the verification of 600,000-plus registrations from new Ohio voters.

“Brunner admits there are ‘discrepancies’ on about 200,000 of the new registrations, but won’t give local election officials the registration data they need to verify the validity of the registrations.

“It’s a recipe for disaster, but that’s exactly the way her allies at ACORN like it.”

Vadum reported that the Ohio-based Buckeye Institute had filed a civil action against ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), alleging that ACORN’s voter-registration arm, Project Vote, “regularly advises Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on election strategy,” and deprives voters “of the right to participate in an honest and effective elections process.”

Vadum also noted that when Brunner ran for state office, she was backed by the Secretary of State Project, which is funded by left-wing financier George Soros.

In announcing her candidacy on Tuesday, Brunner said: “I’m running for the United States Senate to be a part of the solution, to meet our challenges and to help Ohio emerge stronger than ever.”

She seeks the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. George Voinovich at the end of his term.

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