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: Eight U.S. senators are demanding that the Federal Housing Finance Agency cut off monies for the group. On Thursday, House Republican Leader John Boehner also demanded all federal funding to ACORN be stopped. In Allegheny County, Pa. (which includes Pittsburgh), District Attorney Stephen Zappala confirmed he is investigating potential voter fraud involving ACORN.
"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. The FBI is probing vote fraud in New Mexico. The Bernalillo County Clerk's Office said Thursday it had turned over to the FBI 1,400 voter registration cards that are said to be suspicious. In Missouri's Jackson County (which includes Kansas City), officials claim ACORN is participating in vote fraud. Charlene Davis, co-director of the county's election board, said a flurry of fraudulent registration forms were filed by ACORN. Earlier this week, agents of the Nevada secretary of state and attorney general raided ACORN's Las Vegas office with a search warrant. Nevada authorities allege that ACORN had hired 59 felons through a work-release program as canvassers and submitted nearly 300 apparently fraudulent voter registration cards as part of the drive.
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 You Can't Hide."
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