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Catholic Church cuts off ACORN funding

November 13, 2008

The Roman Catholic Church is cutting off funds to the community organizing group ACORN, citing complaints over its voter registration drives in the November 4 election as part of the reason.

By Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
CNN Special Investigations Unit
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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development froze its contributions to the group in June amid allegations that Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million.

This week, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore, Maryland, the campaign’s chairman said it was cutting all ties with the group.

Authorities raid a Las Vegas, Nevada, ACORN office after allegations of voter fraud.

Above: Authorities raid a Las Vegas, Nevada, ACORN office after allegations of voter fraud.

“We simply had too many questions and concerns to permit further CCHD funding of ACORN groups,” Roger Morin, the auxiliary bishop of New Orleans, Louisiana, told his colleagues in a letter to the conference.

The CCHD has donated more than $7.3 million to ACORN-related projects over the past decade, including $40,000 to an ACORN chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada, that was raided before the election in an investigation into fraudulent voter registration forms. Among other questionable documents, the ACORN chapter submitted registration forms for members of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

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Catholics probe aid directed to ACORN

November 4, 2008

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired forensic accounting specialists to investigate more than $1 million in church funding to voter-registration group ACORN, fearing the money may have been spent in partisan or fraudulent ways that could jeopardize the church’s tax-exempt status.

The investigation is “thorough, serious and ongoing,” according to a July 11 letter to more than 200 bishops from New Orleans Bishop Robert Morin, chairman of the committee that oversees the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

By Julia Duin
The Washington Times

The CCHD sent $1,037,000 to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in 2007, including a $40,000 grant to an ACORN affiliate in Las Vegas that was raided last month by the Nevada attorney general’s office in a voter-fraud probe.

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An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. A Nevada secretary of state’s office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Catholic aid agency has given more than $7.3 million to ACORN over the past decade for about 320 projects, according to the Catholic News Service.

In June, the Catholic Church froze a $1.2 million grant for 38 ACORN chapters after the community-organizing group was accused of voter fraud in 15 states.

State elections officials and the FBI are questioning ACORN workers who submitted voter registration forms signed by Mickey Mouse and members of the Dallas Cowboys football team in their efforts to register voters in low-income neighborhoods, many of whom tend to favor Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama once worked with ACORN as a community organizer and lawyer in Chicago.

“While there is value in registering low-income voters, I am concerned that the whole ban on partisanship has been violated,” Ralph McCloud, the new executive director for the CCHD, said Monday.

Mr. McCloud said he could not reassure Catholics that the funds donated before 2008 were not used in voter fraud.

“There is no way we can tell,” he said. “All our applications go through a rigorous screening, and we ask each organization to commit to being nonpartisan. The overwhelming reality is most of the groups we fund do tremendous work.”

The CCHD draws $9,439,000 a year in “second collections” from Catholic churches, the next one slated for Nov. 23. CCHD funds go to groups that fight poverty, interfaith….

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Is The Maverick a Closer, or a Loser? Is Obama the Messiah? Tuesday We’ll Know!

November 2, 2008

With 48 hours until Election Day, both McCain and Obama camps predict victory but also prepare for a long night.  Many say Barack Obama seems to be the clear winner.  Is Obama the  Messiah?  The Chosen One?  But wait!  The numbers for John McCain are budging and there are still millions of “undecideds.”  Is McCain a closer or a loser? Mickey Mouse and other nuts collected by ACORN probably won’t vote.  But what will happen?

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From Fox News

With just 48 hours to go before Election Day, both camps for John McCain and Barack Obama are predicting victory but also positioning themselves for a long night on Tuesday by noting the polls are tight and potentially fraudulent voter registration will be closely monitored.

The latest Investor’s Business Daily-TechnoMetrica poll out Sunday showed the race with just a 2-point spread, with Obama at 46.7 percent, McCain with 44.6 percent and 8.7 percent of the 844 likely voters still undecided.

McCain’s team points to several other polls showing the race tightening as the nation comes into the home stretch this election season. Campaign manager Rick Davis told “FOX News Sunday” not to discount McCain, who was the underdog in the primaries and came roaring back. He and other McCain surrogates predicted the same will happen on Tuesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a
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“Look, this election is moving very quickly. There is no doubt that John McCain is increasing his margins in almost every state in the country right now. And I think that what we’re in for is a slam-bang finish. I mean, it’s going to be wild. I think that we are able to close this campaign,” Davis said.

“Johns a closer, he always has been,” former McCain rival and Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He’s been given up for dead — literally and politically. People have been wrong about him before. He’s in his element now. And he’s feeling good about it. So I would not count him out in any stretch of the imagination. I think the election is yet to be decided.”

But with the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll showing McCain down by 11 points and RealClearPolitics averages dating back 10 days or more, Davis began cherry-picking which polls are accurate.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ... 
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife Cindy McCain addresses while walking into a rally at the John Long Center on the campus of the University of Scranton, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, in Scranton, Pa.(AP Photo/Jimmy May)

The Gallup poll is the most “out of whack with the rest of the country,” he said. “The bottom line is every legitimate poll that has the structure of this race in where the country has been historically has this race closing. It has John McCain on the uptick. It has Barack Obama on the downtick.”

As for the Obama camp, chief strategist David Axelrod told ABC’s “This Week” that the McCain camp is deluding itself into thinking he can stage an historic comeback.

“Well, I mean, I think that he needs to spin some sort of interpretation to keep his troops up. And I understand that. That’s — you know, when you’re at the end of the campaign and things are tilting against you, that’s what you do. I don’t think any objective look at the polls would suggest that,” Axelrod said.

But Axelrod said he is worried about potential new voters not going to the polls because they believe Obama has it wrapped up. But the camp is still celebrating strong early voting numbers, and touting the millions of new voters Obama is bringing to the polls — young people, African Americans and Hispanics who may have never voted before. 

Campaign manager David Plouffe said the Obama team expects at least 130 million voters this election, particularly from states where Democratic registration has increased this year. Plouffe added that Obama is not running a national campaign, he’s focused only on 16 states.

Obama’s chief aide also discounted Davis’ claim that McCain is closing the gap in Pennsylvania, which John Kerry won in 2004; and in Colorado and other states President Bush won in 2004 but are leaning Democratic this year.

“We think we have a decisive edge right now. So John McCain would have to win Election Day by a huge margin to make up those deficits,” Plouffe told “FOX News Sunday.” 

“We do not see the tightening in Pennsylvania that Rick talked about. We’ve campaigned hard in Pennsylvania. We’ve got a great organization. We have 1.2 million more Democrats registered than Republicans. … All of the prime takeaway targets that we’ve been working on for so long we think are in good shape heading to the election. But obviously, we need great turnout on Tuesday,” he continued.

Both sides are also talking about criticism about the voter registration process and how so many millions more people are on the rolls. Plouffe said that any fraud would be investigated, but obvious fraudulent registrants won’t make it into the booth.

“These people aren’t going to vote on Election Day. Mickey Mouse, Tony Roma, are not going to vote,” he said.

But Davis said if there is anything to be concerned about on Election Day, “it’s the manipulation of these voter rolls before the election that’s caused so many problems.”

“We’re not going to stand for it. We think it’s unfortunate. We think it’s sad that they would take this kind of action right before the eve of an election,” he said.

FOX News’ Shannon Bream contributed to this report.

How Obama’s Ideas Resemble Communist China Policy

October 31, 2008

As China’s Communist-socialist economy moves closer toward capitalism, Senator Barack Obama’s ideas on spreading the wealth from richer toward poorer people sounds remarkably like the older version of China’s socialism.

And just as China tightly controls its state media, the campaign of Barack Obama has now expelled two of the nation’s leading conservative newspapers from the Obama campaign aircraft.

The Washington Times and the New York Post have been told their Obama campaign reporters are no longer welcome on the Obama campaign plane.  This follows an incident which occurred between Obama Vice Presidential running mate and  WFTV’s Barbara West, an Orland anchorwoman.

After Ms. West asked provacative questions of Senator Biden, the TV station was told it would no longer have access to any information from the Obama campaign.

Then we have voter fraud.  In China, the guy picked by the ruling Chinese communist  party wins every ‘election”…. no mater how the vote goes.  Ever hear of ACORN?

But Mr. Obama is unlike China in this regard: to China, unemployment is the most dangerous of evils.

Have you heard Obama talking a lot about jobs?  No…..

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China’s Worst Nightmare: Unemployment

Court Testimony on ACORN is Troubling

October 30, 2008

A former employee of an affiliate of ACORN testified yesterday that the community group now in the national spotlight knew that most new voter registration forms it had gathered were fraudulent.

By Mario F. Cattabiani
The Philadelphia Enquirer

“Forty percent was OK,” said Anita Moncrief, referring to the number of bona fide registrations that officials at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now believed was acceptable.

Moncrief was the star witness yesterday in a Commonwealth Court case brought by the state Republican Party and others who are asking a judge to step in and prevent voter fraud on Election Day.

For nearly two hours, Moncrief, 29, gave a scathing, though at times vague, assessment of ACORN and its efforts to go into battleground states and help mostly minorities and the poor register to vote for the first time.

The group, she said, barely trained its workers in how to register voters properly, and would fire employees if they did not meet a quota of 20 new voter applicants daily. And, if they were caught committing fraud, the group “threw them under the bus” as scapegoats to take all the legal blame, Moncrief said.

Moncrief said she worked as a development associate for Project Vote in Washington from 2005 until early this year, but that the group was so closely aligned with its sister organization, ACORN, that they were one and the same.

Moncrief was fired in January after using a Project Vote credit card to pay for personal items. On the stand, she acknowledged the incident and called it “a bad mistake.” She is unemployed after short stints in two jobs since she was fired.

45% Say ACORN Trying to Register Illegal Voters

October 20, 2008

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters say the liberal activist group ACORN is trying to register voters illegally, but they’re divided over whether Barack  Obama has ties to the group, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

This is from the Rsmussen Reports

Only 25% think ACORN, under investigation in several states for possible voter registration fraud, is not trying to put illegal voters on the rolls.

Sixty-nine percent of Republicans and 21% of Democrats believe ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is trying to register people to vote multiple times in violation of election laws. Forty-one percent of Democrats and eight percent (8%) of GOP voters disagree. Unaffiliated voters by more than two-to-one view ACORN’s efforts as consciously illegal.

An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday, ... 
An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. A Nevada secretary of state’s office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

That’s why 42% of voters say it is more likely that people will vote illegally this Election Day than for legal voters to be denied their rights at the polls. But 32% say legal voters are more likely to be denied the right to vote.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans think illegal voting is more likely, while 51% of Democrats say legal voters are more likely to be denied the chance to cast their ballot. Unaffiliated voters lean toward the probability of illegal voting, 47% to 26%.

A plurality of white voters (45%) agree with the Republicans. Forty-two percent (42%) of African-Americans think legitimate voters are more likely to be denied the vote.

In a survey earlier this month, 76% of voters said a person should be required to show photo identification at the polls before being allowed to vote.

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Palin Asks For More Info On ACORN Alleged Voter Fraud

October 19, 2008

LANCASTER – Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said here yesterday that more needs to be known about the links between Democrat Barack Obama and ACORN, the community-activist group now being investigated by the FBI in connection with voter-registration fraud.

At an outdoor, morning rally at a minor-league ballpark, the Alaska governor told about 6,000 wind-chilled supporters that Obama, as a lawyer, had represented the group once in the 1990s and that his campaign had hired an ACORN-related group earlier this year for get-out-the-vote activities.

U.S. Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah ...

“Wouldn’t that be a lot of baggage to drag into the Oval Office?” Palin asked.

“On Election Day, we have to choose between a candidate [Obama] who won’t disavow a group committing voter-registration fraud and a leader [John McCain] who will not tolerate it,” she said.

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has acknowledged that some of its workers, many of whom are paid on the basis of how many voters they register, may have turned in fraudulent registrations.

The law in many states, Pennsylvania included, requires that a group submit all the registration cards it collects, even the dubious ones. And ACORN officials say they have segregated questionable cards to make them easier for state officials to review.

At the rally, Palin defended the amount of attention she and McCain have given to such matters, which Democrats say are meant to distract voters from more pressing concerns, such as the economy.

An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday, ... 
An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. A Nevada secretary of state’s office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“It is not mud-slinging….

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 ACORN volunteer Ed Washington gives an Arlington resident information about voting.   Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison

Above: ACORN volunteer Ed Washington gives an Arlington resident information about voting. Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison

FORT WORTH — Derrick Richardson knows he has a very important job: Get voters to the polls Nov. 4.

As a field organizer with ACORN, he’s calling and visiting local voters to make sure they cast a ballot in this year’s presidential election.

His efforts are being duplicated across the country by workers with the nonpartisan group that works to help low-income people, many of whom traditionally lean Democrat. But claims of voter registration fraud in several states are bringing national scrutiny to their work that’s also spilling over into the presidential campaign.

Calls for state and federal investigations — including by the FBI — went out recently after workers in some states turned in registration lists that included Mickey Mouse and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Workers with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now say that by law they must turn in all registration forms and let election officials weed out the good from the bad.

“We take it for what it is,” Richardson, 51, said of the scrutiny. “It’s sad it’s occurring, but we can’t let it stop what we are doing.”

Critics of ACORN say that the group is tied to Democrat Barack Obama and that the bogus registrations were submitted intentionally. They note that workers are paid based on the number of registration forms they submit.

“They [ACORN] are a hyper-partisan group whose flaunting of election law is cause for grave concern both nationally and in Texas,” said Hans Klingler, spokesman for the Texas Republican Party. “Voter fraud is real and pervasive.”

A political analyst said much of the controversy around ACORN is politics as usual.

“Republicans are picking up any rock on the ground and throwing it in Obama’s direction hoping for a hit,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

At issue

County officials in several states have reported finding fake voter registration applications, many turned in by canvassers for ACORN. Group organizers, who tout registering 1.3 million new voters in 21 states, say they’ve fired workers known to have turned in false information.

The FBI is investigating to determine whether there was a coordinated national fraud effort, and at least one racketeering lawsuit against the group has been filed in Ohio, similar to one filed in 2004 that was dropped after the election. In the past few days, at least two ACORN offices — in Boston and Seattle — have been vandalized or robbed, and an ACORN community organizer in Cleveland received a death threat.

Accusations of stolen votes have a long history in presidential elections. In the 2000 recount debacle, Republicans said that illegal ballots were cast. Democrats said that legal ballots were thrown out. In 2004, when Ohio gave the presidency to George W. Bush, Democrats said that long lines and malfunctioning machines in that state led to an inaccurate count.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a Republican lawsuit in Ohio that could have made it easier to challenge newly registered voters.

But in this contest, involving the first African-American in American history with a real chance at becoming president, the vitriol is particularly pointed.

Republicans point out that Obama has conducted two training sessions for ACORN and served on a team of lawyers that represented it in 1995. His campaign paid $832,000 this year to a consulting firm affiliated with ACORN for a get-out-the-vote effort.

“We need to know the full extent of Sen. Obama’s relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy,” Republican John McCain said during the last debate.

But ACORN officials say they are disappointed in the attacks and note that McCain spoke at a 2006 immigration rally that ACORN co-sponsored. They say a small percentage of fraud is expected with such a massive voter registration drive, which used 13,000 workers, and they note that they called many of the questionable forms to the attention of election officials.

Obama’s staff dismisses GOP talk about ACORN as a political move.

ACORN controversy: Voter fraud or mudslinging?

October 19, 2008

The stories are almost comical: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, registered to vote on Nov. 4. The entire starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team, signed up to go the polls — in Nevada.

But no one in either presidential campaign is laughing. Not publicly, anyway.

By DEBORAH HASTINGS, AP National Writer

Republicans, led by John McCain, are alleging widespread voter fraud. The Democrats and Barack Obama say the controversy is preposterous and is just political mudslinging.

In the middle is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, a grass-roots community group that has led liberal causes since it formed in 1970. This year, ACORN hired more than 13,000 part-time workers and sent them out in 21 states to sign up voters in minority and poor neighborhoods.

They submitted 1.3 million registration cards to local election officials.

Along the way, bogus ones appeared — signed in the names of cartoon characters, professional football players and scores of others bearing the same handwriting. And in the past few days, those phony registrations have exploded into Republican condemnations of far-ranging misconduct, and a relatively obscure community activist group took a starring role, right behind Joe the Plumber, in the final presidential debate.

Looking beyond the smoke and fire, the raging argument boils down to essentially this:

Is ACORN, according to McCain, perpetuating voter fraud that could be “destroying the fabric of democracy”? Or are Republicans trying to keep the disadvantaged, who tend to be Democrats, from casting ballots in a hotly contested presidential race that has drawn record numbers of new voters?

By legal definition, to commit voter fraud means a person would have to present some kind of documentation at the polls — a driver’s license, a phone bill or another form of ID — that bears the name of Mickey Mouse, for example. To do so risks a fine and imprisonment under state laws.

Submitting fake registration cards is another matter. Local law enforcement agencies in about a dozen states are investigating fake registrations submitted by ACORN workers. Late last week, The Associated Press….

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ACORN Cesspool: Obama Calls For Independent Prosecutor Amid Fraud, Embezzlement, Death Threats, Vandalism, and hatred

October 18, 2008

The furor over ACORN‘s national voter registration drive exploded with new controversies Friday, including a call by Barack Obama for an independent prosecutor, a Supreme Court ruling over voter access and the disclosure of a death threat against an ACORN worker.

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers

What remains unclear is whether the campaigns of Obama and John McCain will reach a truce over voter access to the polls by Election Day or whether their legal and rhetorical battles will persist to the finish line — or beyond.

Republicans allege that the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now is engaged in rampant voter fraud, but they’ve offered no proof of such a systematic effort. The GOP does have evidence that some of the group’s 13,000 canvassers submitted fraudulent applications, but ACORN says it alerted authorities to most of the phony forms.

Democrats counter that the GOP is trying to whip up fears of voter fraud so it can knock students and low-income minorities off the voter rolls to enhance McCain’s chances of victory.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled an attempt by Republicans to challenge the validity of 200,000 voter registrations in Ohio , saying that the party lacked the standing to sue.

The Republicans had sued to force Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner , a Democrat, to provide county election officials with lists of registrants whose personal information did not exactly match Social Security or driver’s license data, a step that would leave those voters vulnerable to eligibility challenges.

Tensions began to escalate Thursday with disclosures that the FBI is investigating ACORN and the possibility that it’s engaged in a vote-fraud scheme.

On Friday, Obama’s legal counsel, Robert Bauer , wrote Attorney General Michael Mukasey , charging that the inquiry is politically motivated and that it risks repeating the 2007 scandal over the Bush administration‘s politicization of the Justice Department.

Related:
ACORN Board of Directors Meet Amid Internal Lawsuit, $1M Embezzlement Caper, Leadership Struggle

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ACORN Board of Directors Meet Amid Internal Lawsuit, $1M Embezzlement Caper, Leadership Struggle

October 17, 2008

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS – ACORN, the national activist group dogged by a high-profile voter registration fraud scandal, has another bruising item on its agenda when its board of directors meets here this weekend.

Leaders of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now are locked in a legal dispute stemming from allegations that the brother of the group’s founder misappropriated nearly $1 million of the nonprofit’s money several years ago.

The embezzlement case, a recent revelation to some board members, has spawned a lawsuit and set off a power struggle inside ACORN at a time when the liberal group’s voter registration practices are the subject of fraud investigations and fodder for presidential campaign attacks.

Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s interim chief organizer, called the lawsuit “a distraction from us marshaling our forces to deal with the Republican right-wing attacks” over ACORN’s voter registration.

The lawsuit filed in August by two board members accuses ACORN founder and former chief organizer Wade Rathke of either concealing or failing to properly report that his brother Dale embezzled around $948,000 from New Orleans-based ACORN and affiliated charitable organizations in 1999 and 2000.

Instead of reporting the allegations to law enforcement authorities, a small group of ACORN executives allowed the Rathke family to repay the misappropriated money, according to the lawsuit brought by board members Karen Inman and Marcel Reid.

Wade Rathke is seen in a Tuesday Feb. 26, 2002 file photo, in ... 
Wade Rathke is seen in a Tuesday Feb. 26, 2002 file photo, in New Orleans. A lawsuit filed in August by two ACORN board members accuses ACORN founder and former chief organizer Wade Rathke of either concealing or failing to properly report that his brother Dale embezzled around $948,000 from New Orleans-based ACORN and affiliated charitable organizations in 1999 and 2000.(AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Inman and Reid said the agreement, which called for the stolen money to be carried on the books of an ACORN affiliate as a loan to an officer, was kept a secret from the full 51-member board until earlier this year.

“We need to find out what happened, when it happened and make sure that ACORN is viable,” Inman said during a press briefing about the dispute Thursday in New Orleans. Inman also says she wants an independent audit of ACORN’s books.

Rathke, who founded ACORN in 1970, defended the decision to keep his brother’s actions an “internal matter” and resolve it with “private restitution.” Reporting the case to law enforcement could have left the group at risk of financial ruin, Rathke said.

“One choice would have been to go that way, but then we wouldn’t have been able to collect that money,” he said.

No working phone number for Dale Rathke could be found and a request by The Associated Press to contact him through his brother wasn’t immediately answered.

Lewis said the group’s board recently hired attorneys to explore whether Dale Rathke’s actions warrant a criminal investigation or could be the subject of a civil case.

“Remember, we just found this out in June,” she said.

Rathke said he took responsibility for his brother’s “mistakes” by resigning, while Inman says he was fired. Rathke blames a “small group of dissidents” for the turmoil that has followed his departure.

“I wish they would have kept the internal affairs of the organization internally,” he said.

Inman and Reid filed suit for access to ACORN financial records that staff members allegedly refused to give them.

During their meeting this weekend, board members are expected to discuss the lawsuit and explore ways to resolve it. A state judge presiding over the case has asked for a transcript of the board’s discussion.

Lewis said Inman and Reid don’t speak for the entire board and didn’t have authority to file suit on the board’s behalf.

“As you can well imagine, any organization that just fired its founder after 38 years would have internal issues,” she said.

Wade Rathke says he stepped down as ACORN’s chief organizer in June, but remains chief organizer for ACORN International. A spokesman for ACORN said the two organizations are separate entities, although they have shared office space in New Orleans.

Rathke shrugged off the board members’ lawsuit, calling it a “minor matter,” and expressed confidence that the voting registration controversy won’t consume the group.

“ACORN is a big organization now, and they’re big enough to weather this,” he said.


Above: Just a reminder: the FBI is investigating ACORN…..

Related:
ACORN Now Subject of Major FBI Probe

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