Obama Justice Department Shut Down Federal ACORN Investigation According to Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch

Washington, DC — March 11, 2010

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detailing federal investigations into the alleged corrupt activities of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The documents reference serious allegations of corruption and voter registration fraud by ACORN as well as the Obama administration’s decision to shut down a criminal investigation without filing criminal charges.

The documents include background information on two specific complaints filed in October 2008 by Lucy Corelli and Joseph Borges, Republican Registrars of Voters in Stamford and Bridgeport, Connecticut, respectively, during the 2008 election season.

According to Corelli, on August 1, 2008, her office received 1,200 ACORN voter registration cards from the Secretary of State’s office. Over 300 of these cards were rejected because of “duplicates, underage, illegible and invalid addresses,” which “put a tremendous strain on our office staff and caused endless work hours at taxpayers’ expense.” Corelli claimed the total cost of the extra work caused by ACORN corruption was $20,000. Likewise, Borges contended that: “The organization ACORN during the summer of 2008 conducted a registration drive which has produced over 100 rejections due to incomplete forms and individuals who are not citizens…” Among the examples cited by Borges was a seven-year old child who was registered to vote by ACORN through the use of a forged signature and a fake birth certificate claiming she was 27-years old.

The FBI and Department of Justice opened an investigation. However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws.

By contrast, the documents also include records related to a federal investigation of ACORN corruption in St. Louis, Missouri, involving 1,492 allegedly fraudulent voter registration cards submitted by Project Vote, a liberal non-profit organization affiliated with ACORN on voter registration drives, during the 2006 election season. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith initiated the investigation with “concurrence” from the Department of Justice and the participation of the FBI. According to a Justice Department memo, Goldsmith “advised he would prosecute any individual responsible for submitting fraudulent voter registration cards.” Goldsmith identified the statute for prosecution: Title 42, USC 1973 (gg), which provides for criminal penalties for fraudulent voter registrations. In April 2008, eight former ACORN employees from the St. Louis office pled guilty to voter registration fraud.

Other documents show that the Bush Justice Department failed to prosecute ACORN voter registration fraud of non-citizens in Phoenix, Arizona in 2007 because the allegations that led to the opening of the investigation were “unverifiable.” Notably, the FBI document detailing this questionable decision reveals that a “draft Intelligence Bulletin…concludes that ACORN’s employment practices perpetuate fraudulent voter registration.”

The ACORN documents uncovered by Judicial Watch include internal FBI memoranda, signed affidavits, subpoenas, fraudulent voter registration cards, and publications describing ACORN’s policies and practices. The documents also include details regarding numerous allegations of corruption extending beyond voter registration fraud, to include attempts by ACORN employees to coerce workers to participate in campaign activities on behalf of Democratic candidates.

“These documents reflect systematic voter registration fraud by ACORN,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is a scandal that there has been no comprehensive criminal investigation and prosecution by the Justice Department into this evident criminal conduct. Given President Obama’s close connections to ACORN, including his campaign’s hiring of the ACORN’s Project Vote organization, it seems rather obvious why Attorney General Holder has failed to seriously investigate these and other alleged ACORN criminal activities.


Report: One-fourth of welfare payments go to illegals

Daily Breeze.com

Nearly one-quarter of state welfare payments and food stamps issued in Los Angeles County go to children whose parents are in the U.S. illegally, according to January figures.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich offered the statistics, generated by the county’s Department of Public Social Services, to help make the case for enforcing the nation’s borders, establishing health care clinics on the border with Mexico and reimbursing local governments for unfunded state and federal mandates, according to his press deputy, Tony Bell.

The numbers show that more than $50 million in CalWORKS benefits and food stamps for January went to children born in the United States whose parents are in the country without documentation. This represents approximately 23 percent of the total benefits under the state welfare and food stamp programs, Antonovich said.

“When you add this to $350 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for health care, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year — not including the millions of dollars for education,” Antonovich said.

Shirley Christensen of the Department of Public Social Services said, “Our mission is to aid people who qualify and are eligible to receive benefits. We’re carrying out the laws, federal laws.”

Christensen emphasized that those receiving benefits were eligible for aid as U.S. citizens.

Christensen confirmed Antonovich’s figure

related to CalWORKS and food stamps.

The figures related to public safety and health care were calculated by the relevant county departments on an annual basis, according to Bell.


Show me your papers

American Thinker

Lee DeCovnick

All United States citizens may be required to carry a biometric I.D. card!

That’s not Orwell’s Big Brother speaking. Rather Democrat Chuck Schumer (D- New York), and Republican Lindsay Graham (R- South Carolina) have devised new legislation to mandate that every worker carry a government I.D. card to prove his citizenship. The card must be carried every day and may be checked by employers and any governmental authority upon request.
All U.S. citizens would be required to carry an ID cards according to this plan. It’s meant to keep companies from hiring illegal immigrants. No matter where you apply for a job, under the plan, you would have to have a card carrying bio-metric information on a microchip. It’s like your fingerprints, or a scan of the veins in your hands.
Even the ACLU is not backing this transparent attempt to force a mandatory national I.D. onto 300 million Americans.
We’re talking about fingerprinting every single American worker, and that card, in turn, will probably be used not only to work but also to travel, to vote, perhaps even to own a gun.
Senator Graham, in response to these privacy concerns said, “This program would not expand like that.”  I wouldn’t want to call the Senator a liar, but that is a breathtaking level of naivety for a U.S. senator.
National I.D. cards are nothing new, totalitarian regimes revel in the ability to disallow travel, financial transactions, and food distribution for those who don’t have the proper papers. A microchip on the card opens the door for the inclusion of non-medical information such as political or union affiliations, criminal or civil judgments, and with the addition of a GPS chip, all travel activity around town and overseas. The serious misuse of such a powerful database tool by any governmental authority is too chilling to consider. Is there any doubt that once down this country starts down this path, it would be politically impossible to turn back?

Pelosi’s office knew about Massa’s behavior, did nothing

Capitol Hill Blue

By Doug Thompson
Mar 11 2010

Nancy Pelosi: Looking the other way

Once again, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who promised to “drain the swamp” by purging Congress of ethically-challenged members, looked the other way when questions were raised by a Democratic colleague.

The Washington Post is reporting that the chief of staff for Rep. Eric Massa notified Pelosi’s office in October 2009 to express is concern over his boss’s sexual harassment of male staff members on the Hill.

Joe Racalto, told the Speaker’s office that he was uneasy about Massa’s behavior towards young gay men on the Hill. Massa, 52 and married, would spend time alone with the young men with no work purpose, the Post reported.

Pelosi ignored the warnings and Massa has since become the latest ethics embarassment for the Speaker and the Democratic Party. He resigned his seat after the ethics committee launched an inquiry that was not instigated by the Speaker’s office.

Pelosi is not commenting on the Post’s report. She has also come under fire for her delays in taking actions against scandal-scarred New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who stepped down recently from chairmanship of the House Ways & Means Committee amid probes by the House ethics committee and the Department of Justice. She also tried to promote ethics-plagued John Murtha of Pennsylvania into a Democratic leadership role — a move rejected by her House colleagues. Murtha died last month.


Here’s proof Chuck Norris stops time

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Chuck Norris (Tyndale)

Martial arts champion, movie and television star, author and WND columnist Chuck Norris turned 70 today, and as one entry in his publisher’s contest to come up with a “fact” about the famed personality stated, “Another year celebrated Chuck Norris.”

Norris, the star of more than 20 films and the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” has written several books following the multiple world martial arts championships he earned.

As part of the celebration, Tyndale House Publishers held a contest to give away copies of Norris’ book, “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book,” which is available autographed at the WND Superstore.

At the Tyndale site, some of the “fact” suggestions were:

  • Chuck Norris doesn’t need Social Security, Social Security needs him.
  • It isn’t Chuck Norris’ birthday today, it’s his yearly apology to the obstetrician for knocking him out with a roundhouse kick coming out 70 yrs ago.
  • Wow, another year celebrates a Chuck Norris! Congratulations 2010!
  • No one throws Chuck Norris a party. He throws it… far.
  • When Chuck Norris goes to someone else’s birthday party, the host gives him a gift.
  • When Chuck Norris wishes someone, “Happy Birthday,” they are happy … all year.
  • When the birthday candles on Chuck Norris’ cake saw him coming, they blew themselves out. Happy birthday!
  • Chuck Norris stopped aging at 27. He just keeps anniversaries of this birthday so the rest of us don’t feel bad.
  • The last time Chuck Norris blew out some candles, we called it climate change
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Another state to feds: Take your gun regs and stuff ’em

By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Utah has become the third state to adopt a law exempting guns and ammunition made, sold and used in the state from massive federal regulations under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and supporters say about 30 more states have some sort of plan for their own exemptions in the works.

Officials in Utah say they expect a lawsuit over their direct challenge to Washington if the federal government succeeds in its current case against Montana’s law.

Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, who has spearheaded the Montana law, now describes himself as a sort of “godfather” to the national campaign. He confirmed Montana, Tennessee and Utah have enacted such laws.

Complete Story:

Obama Judicial Nominee Supports Sexual Predators


by The MaryHunter at March 10, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny was nominated by Barack Obama to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Dear Leader referred to him as a”first-rate” legal expert and “faithful” public servant. One revered class of the public that Judge Chatigny is faithful to contains sexual predators and serial murderers.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny gained notoriety in 2005 for his role in trying to fight the execution of convicted serial killer and rapist Michael Ross, also known as The Roadside Strangler, whom Chatigny had described as a victim of his own “sexual sadism.”

His conduct in that case, which included threatening to go after Ross’ attorney’s law license, as well as his ruling in 2001 against sex offender registries created under Megan’s Law, has caused a commotion among Republicans on the judiciary panel.

What, the Democrats didn’t stir as well? It can’t be — after all, they’re for the little people.

A few years before the standoff over the execution, Chatigny had also issued a ruling that Connecticut’s sex offender registry was not constitutional. Though the federal appeals court upheld the ruling, it was later unanimously reversed by the Supreme Court.

Thankfully, the Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed Judge Chatigny’s hearing. This touchy-feely, criminal’s rights liberal appears dead-set against representing the victims and potential victims of sexual criminals.


Hypocrites: Obama Administration Tells Insurers To Stop Spending Money On Anti-Obamacare Ads

Say Anything Blog

Obama’s Health Secretary Katherine Sebelius says that money could better be spent by cutting premiums.  But I don’t remember the Obama administration complaining after they cut a deal with drug companies, also often accused of charging too much for their products/services, to spend $150 million advertising in favor of Obamacare.

Double standards are wonderful, no?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confronted insurance executives at their annual conference Wednesday — challenging them to divert millions in anti-reform advertising dollars toward cutting premiums and reciting a litany of insurance horror stories, to a decidedly chilly response.

The head of the insurance lobby made clear later that she’s heard enough industry-bashing out of the White House.

“There has been a relentless attack on the men and women who work in our industry,” said Karen Ignagni, head of America’s Health Insurance Plans. “But the politics as usual in Washington won’t address the underlying affordability issues, so we have to move beyond the politics of vilification and get to the process of problem solving.”

It’s more than a little ironic that the Obama administration is accusing the insurance industry of “vilification” during efforts to, uh, vilify the insurance industry for charging too much in premiums.

And, really, attacking the insurance companies doesn’t make any sense.  Higher premiums aren’t being driven by insurance industry profits.  They’re being driven by the rising costs of health care.  Most of us have comprehensive insurance policies that pay out for most of our care.  As the price of that care goes up, so must the premiums we pay for the coverage that doles out for that care.

Meaning that we shouldn’t be attacking insurance companies.  We should be asking why health care prices are spiraling out of control.  And there are a lot of reasons for that, most of them having to do with government policies that are promoting higher prices and should be ended.

But the idea that we need less government to fix health care, as opposed to more, is anathema to liberals.