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Schwarzenegger Wants ACORN Investigated

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Sep 16, 2009

"Raising the stakes involved in the scandal surrounding the anti-poverty group ACORN, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging a "full investigation" by California Attorney General Jerry Brown into ACORN's California activities.

The governor sent a letter Wednesday to Brown, referring to "news stories regarding the ACORN organization that have concerned me greatly."Web Link

It will be interesting to see how Brown deals with this and how local PA DA enforces the law in regard to their links to SEIU.
It will very soon involve a RICO investigation nationally.
All the news channels focused upon this today, fortunately ACORN have lost Federal Funding and have been fired from the Census.
Will there be investigation of their activities in voter registration?

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I hope someone fully investigates their ties to Jack Abramoff


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Maybe there will be more traction with the local DA. At least the SC DA saw through the Pat Briggs witch hunt and did the right thing, but it's still a far left world here in the Bayarhea.

I won't be holding my breath....


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Anybody wanna guess where the cut-off will be?


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

"ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson said he didn't even know what the scandal was about." ( Web Link )

Charlie didn't know what the Bush doctrine was, and now he doesn't even know that ACORN is full of scandal and promoting hookers and tax fraud. Amazin' stuff.


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:19 pm


The Senate voted 83 to 7 to end federal funding for ACORN, the Feds are now investigating.

Why did it take so long,credible allegations about ACORN have been out there for well over a year but the NYT etc would not investigate or report.

Why is that?

There is a Pulitzer Prize out there for some aggressive young journalist who investigates this cover up.


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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:13 am

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

Regardless of your view on this story, you have to admit that the strategy of rolling out the hidden camera videos one at a time every few days was brilliant. If these all surfaced at the same time, it would have been much easier to ignore the story.

Even if you are on the extreme left, you gotta give credit to Breitbart for how he played this.


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:20 am


ACORN claims the film makers (pimp and ho) were refused service at 50 offices. Where are the police reports from just one of the 50 offices where they were thrown out? Just one report?

Why didn't ACORN call the cops on the child prostitution duo?


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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:55 am

Daniel--why did the ACORN offices have to file a police report? Why not just ask the film makers how many offices they visited.
ANd where do you come up with the "child prostitution" claim?

This should give liberals an idea of running similar stings on conservative organizations--let's see what they get. Of course given the recent number of "family value" conservatives caught having affairs and engaging in illicit sexual activity, I can se why conservatives where anxious to smear ACORN


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Breaking News

The House votes to DEFUND ACORN

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) offered the Defund-ACORN bill to the Student Loans bill.

The House voted convincingly to cut ALL federal funds to ACORN.

Vote: 345 to 75. Web Link

Even Pelosi is calling for an independent investigation of ACORN.

RICO is the logical next step.


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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Sharon:

How is RICO the next logical step? Please explain?
And who would you go after--the whole organiation? It's leaders? Those responsible shown in the videos? Dosen;t every organization have bad apples?

Seems to me you are after ACORN for obvious reasons, which do not need to be stated here (those familiar with your posts will know).Also seems to me you are throwing this RICO thing around to make it seem that supposed crimes are worse than they are.

Will wait for your explanation

Web Link
Under the law, racketeering activity means:

* Any violation of state statutes against gambling, murder, kidnapping, extortion, arson, robbery, bribery, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act);
* Any act of bribery, counterfeiting, theft, embezzlement, fraud, dealing in obscene matter, obstruction of justice, slavery, racketeering, gambling, money laundering, commission of murder-for-hire, and several other offenses covered under the Federal criminal code (Title 18);
* Embezzlement of union funds;
* Bankruptcy or securities fraud;
* Drug trafficking;
* Money laundering and related offenses;
* Bringing in, aiding or assisting aliens in illegally entering the country (if the action was for financial gain);
* Acts of terrorism."


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

>>> why did the ACORN offices have to file a police report?
The two filmmakers were seeking to engage ACORN in assisting them into creating and advancing their criminal activity. This is a criminal conspiracy and ACORN was willing to help at every stage. These people were not shocked and executives at ACORN say they tried this at 50 other places. If so why did no one call the police on the two filmmakers.


>>> ANd where do you come up with the "child prostitution" claim?

From CNN right here: Web Link

All of the following were mention in the videos where ACORN staff were videotaped offering to assist a man and a woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents. Advice on the underage girls to not have social security numbers so the profit from prostitution would not be taxed.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

What's all the fuss? We got a RINO governor who's found a cheap way to fake a party identity by pretending to get all worked up over a video of two conservatives pretending to be low life types scheming with another conservative pretending to be an ACORN member. Only a hardcore true believer would fall for this one.


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I am with you on the RINO governor.

But are you saying the ARCON workers on the video were not employees of ACORN at the time of the video?

If so what is the basis of your claim?


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

ACORN is an amazingly corrupt outfit. The FBI needs to be called in by the Justice Dept. (Eric Holder). Forensic accountants need to go over their books, for at least a decade, probably more. My sense is that there is criminal activity embedded throughout this thing.

ACORN was part of the shakedown of the banks, coordinated with Fannie/Freddie, to spawn subprime loans, which was the primary reason for our economic collapse. The high-pressure tactics of ACORN vs the banks, and its cozy relationship with F/F need to be fully investigated. I seriously doubt that it will look any better than their brothel enabling, and tax fraud promotion.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

It is interesting that so many politicians in both Houses have condemned ACORN in the last few day.
ACORN has removed previous statements about the matter from their website and halted operations, they know they are in big trouble.
The idea of involving forensic accountants is a very good one, follow the money.

We also need some aggressive young reporters to investigate ACORN activities in the Bay Area,journalist careers will be made on this matter.

This will be huge story as it breaks into the MSM


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm

"We also need some aggressive young reporters to investigate ACORN activities in the Bay Area,journalist careers will be made on this matter.

This will be huge story as it breaks into the MSM"

Sharon, you are on the mark.

As has already been mentioned by others, a Pulitzer is awaiting those investigative reporters, in print, who investigate why and how the main stream press has avoided this outrage.


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Posted by The real sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Interesting how people are clamoring for acorn investigations but are against looking into malfeasance by our previous administration that are thousands of times worse than anything acorn may have done


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Posted by Jim
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on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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Posted by The real Sharon
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on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 18, 2009 at 8:51 am

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The editing of this thread and others like it has been ridiculous. I am not sure what the editor's agenda is, but his remvoing complete posts that do not violate the rules does not make any sense.
Clearly this is the PA Weekly's foruma nd they can edit it how they want. But I think we nee dto show our displeasure. Maybe we should go to the businesses that advertise in the Weekly and let them know that we will not be doing any more business with them due to the draconian policies of the people that monitor this forum.
Who want's to bet that this post will be deleted?


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Posted by bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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I think Arnie was mostly concerned with tasking Jerry Brown and looking like the big boss. Then a few says later Brown made a big point of announcing his own investigation. This was just political, and vapid, like everything Schwarzenegger does.


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