If Obama can control the election officials - 2012 is already won!
By Craig Masters
From Judicial Watch, the subject line read: “DOJ Conspiring with ACORN-Connected Project Vote?”
The story begins, “Something fishy is going on over at the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ). And it very well could threaten the integrity of the 2012 elections.”
The criminal activities of the community organizing group, ACORN, made famous by their extraordinary efforts to insure the election of President Obama in 2008, have again drawn the attention of the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder. But according to documents obtained after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was ruled in favor of the public, it is now known that Project Vote, an ACORN affiliate, and the Obama DOJ have partnered to register individuals on public assistance. This is a key demographic which strongly supports whichever candidate they believe will expand their benefits. In other words, their votes are for sale to the politicians with the most money.
Judicial Watch investigated this partnership between the DOJ and ACORN-connected Project Vote to use the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) to register more individuals on public assistance in advance of the Obama 2012 campaign. (Remember, President Obama previously worked for Project Vote.)
New records courtesy of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on August 19, 2011, detail communications between the DOJ and Estelle Rogers, a former ACORN attorney currently serving as Director of Advocacy for Project Vote. These documents leave no doubt that a suspiciously close relationship between Project Vote and the DOJ is developing behind closed doors.
Columnist J. Christian Adams summed up the records in a recent column: “Judicial Watch has done it again. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) documents obtained by JW suggest extensive coordination and communications between the DOJ Voting Section and ACORN affiliate Project Vote.”
Project Vote appears to be directing DOJ resources toward particular states; is having meetings with DOJ staff; and is even recommending lawyers to work in the Justice Department Voting Section that will oversee the 2012 presidential election.
In the report titled, The Rebranding of ACORN, Project Vote and ACORN have both been linked to massive voter registration fraud. A total of 70 ACORN employees in 12 states have been convicted of voter registration fraud. And, as documented in a July 2009 report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of the 1.3 million registrations Project Vote/ACORN submitted in the 2008 election cycle, more than one-third were invalid.
On August 4, 2011, Judicial Watch released documents obtained from the Colorado Department of State showing that ACORN and Project Vote successfully pressured Colorado officials into implementing new policies for increasing the registration of public assistance recipients during the 2008 and 2010 election seasons. Following those policy changes, the percentage of invalid voter registration forms from Colorado public assistance agencies was four times the national average. Project Vote also sought a “legislative fix” to allow people without a driver’s license or state identification to register to vote online.
Moreover, Project Vote’s “Field Director,” Amy Busefink, who handled the on-line registration campaign for Colorado, entered an Alford plea to two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters in Nevada while working for ACORN. (An Alford plea is a guilty plea, where the defendant does not admit the act or assert innocence, but admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.)
It is not only outside of the principles of the rule of rule of law, but it is a clear and present threat to the integrity of our elections that the ACORN-front Project Vote is coordinating with Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ on voting law. The fact that the Holder DOJ never bothered to fully investigate voter registration fraud by Project Vote/ACORN is now made clear by the documents containing communications between officials in the DOJ, Holder, and activists working within ACORN and Project Vote.
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