“Barack Obama strongly condemns voter registration fraud or any other breach of election law by any party or group. The McCain campaign’s allegations about Senator Obama are completely transparent and false,” Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a written statement. “The McCain-Palin campaign’s false claims are nothing more than another dishonorable, shameful attempt to divert voters’ attention from the unprecedented challenges facing their families and our nation.”
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John McCain’s campaign is using Barack Obama’s ties to a controversial low-income advocacy group to escalate his criticism of the Democratic nominee’s character and judgment.
The McCain campaign released a Web video and rolled out surrogates Friday to question Obama’s connection to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which is the subject of at least 11 investigations.
The group’s Las Vegas office was raided Tuesday by state authorities investigating claims of voter fraud, and a federal judge on Thursday ordered Ohio’s secretary of state to verify voter registrations — partly out of concern that groups like ACORN were not eradicating fraudulent forms.
“Given ACORN’s recent efforts to engage in voter fraud and to disrupt our political system, Obama’s affiliation with this group raises serious questions about his judgment and ability to lead this nation,” the McCain campaign said in a lengthy memo.
McCain’s Web video highlighted Obama’s past legal work for the group and the fact that they endorsed him for president.
“Obama’s ties to ACORN run long and deep,” the narrator in the video says. “Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.”
The language mimics the language McCain used in a TV ad released early Friday slamming Obama for his ties to 1960s radical William Ayers.
While McCain is juggling several lines of attack against the Democratic nominee in the closing weeks of the presidential race, his campaign argues they all speak to Obama’s honesty and character. And in turn, aides argue, they speak to Obama’s trustworthiness when it comes to his economic proposals.
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Obama Camp Says McCain ACORN Accusations Are False
By S. A. Miller
The Washington Times
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama‘s campaign distanced itself Thursday from its $800,000 payment linked to the liberal ACORN organization, which is under investigation in several states where it is suspected of filing fraudulent voter registrations.
Federal Election Commission reports show ACORN-affiliated Citizens Services Inc. got $832,598 from the Obama campaign for get-out-the-vote work during the primaries. But those payments stopped in May and the Obama campaign says they should not be an election issue.
“This is going to be an historic election with unprecedented voter participation, and we are committed to protecting the integrity of the voting process,” Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said. “We support local officials in their efforts to investigate any fraudulent behavior and the full prosecution of any illegal activities.”
Still, the contributions to Citizens Services draw the Obama campaign closer to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, and the growing voter-fraud scandal that this week spread to the battleground state of Ohio.
The elections board in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, is reviewing about 65,000 voter cards submitted by ACORN after flagging 50 cards filled out for duplicate names, fictitious addresses, noncitizens and recycled names and addresses of currently registered voters, said board spokesman Mike West.
Similar probes reportedly are under way in other large Ohio counties.
Citizen Services is inextricably tied to ACORN. Along with nonprofit sister organization Project Vote, Citizens Services and ACORN share the same New Orleans address and the same executive staff while money flows freely between the three entities. In 1996, Project Vote’s tax returns show it paid ACORN more than $4.6 million for campaign services and Citizens Services more than $779,000 for legal and administrative services.
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ACORN: What’s The Noise About?
By Dave Johnson
The Republican noise machine is going absolutely full-force after ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), accusing them of committing vote fraud on a massive scale. You can’t turn on the radio or TV without hearing that millions of illegal votes will be cast for Obama because of ACORN’s massive vote fraud. If you Google “Acorn” and “rigging” you get over 50,000 hits.
The Republican National Committee website is headlining the effort. And they are issuing accusation press releases all day, every day, to drive this effort. They have a “fact sheet” listing numerous accusations.
Here’s the thing: ACORN is registering voters and is REQUIRED BY LAW to submit voter reg forms as the voter fills them out. Even so, the total “fraudulent” registrations they are accused of submitting nationwide is very low, maybe a few thousand. This is across the entire country when they have registered more than 1.3 million new voters. And this is all about registration forms that are filled out wrong by the voter, not ACORN, or a voter submitting more than one registration. This is what all the noise is about.