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McCain / Republicans Blame Acorn Despite Their Own Relationships With The Organization

Posted in Accountability, Read for Yourself with tags , , , on October 13, 2008 by doubletalkexpress

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John McCain at ACORN rally in 2006 where he was the keynote speaker.

“It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans.”

”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform.”  

Bertha Lewis, Acorn’s chief organizer

 

Fact: ACORN has implemented the most sophisticated quality-control system in the voter engagement field BUT in almost every state they are required to turn in ALL completed applications, even the ones known to be problematic.

Fact: ACORN flags in writing incomplete, problem, or suspicious cards when they turn them in. Unfortunately, some of these same officials then come back weeks or months later and accuse them of deliberately turning in phony cards. In many cases, they can actually prove that these are the same cards they called to their attention.

Fact:  Canvassers are paid by the hour, not by the card.  ACORN has a zero-tolerance policy for deliberately falsifying registrations, and in the cases where their internal quality controls have identified this happening they have fired the workers involved and turned them in to election officials and law-enforcement.

Fact: No criminal charges related to voter registration have ever been brought against ACORN or partner organizations. Convictions against individual former ACORN workers have been accomplished with ACORN’s full cooperation, using the evidence obtained through their own quality control and verification processes – evidence which in most cases THEY called to the attention of authorities

Fact: Most election officials have recognized ACORN’s good work and praised their quality control systems. Even in the cities where election officials have complained about ACORN, the applications in question represent less than 1% of the thousands and thousands of registrations ACORN has collected. 

 

Sam Stien points out today that several republicans have history of working with ACORN:

– Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, for example, partnered with ACORN in March 2008

– Republican governor, Rick Perry of Texas signed ACORN’s Lending Law Reform Bill in 2005

– California Governor and McCain supporter Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that ACORN helped draft aimed at California homeowners facing foreclosure in July, 2008

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