In the mid 1990s, ACORN and the SEIU partnered with other progressive organizations to help form the Marxist New Party, a political coalition. In 1995, Obama sought out their nomination. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement and used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.
The fact that Obama received the New Party’s endorsement in his first run for office cannot be dismissed as insignificant. On the contrary, Obama’s ties to the New Party and the New Party’s backers at ACORN and the SEIU are long-standing, substantial, and reveal a great deal about his personal political allegiances.
The New Party’s biggest wins in the country were in Chicago, including Obama’s victory in his 1996 run for the Illinois Senate. Chicago’s New Party was formed around two core elements, ACORN and the SEIU’s local 880. SEIU 880 was itself an ACORN offshoot.
The partnership between the POTUS, SEIU, and ACORN is glued together by this rule from Saul Alinsky:
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The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means.In other words, anything goes for those hoping to topple the political and economic system of a nation that has created more wealth and eliminated more poverty than any other in the history of mankind. Which is the reason President Obama and his partners at ACORN and SEIU are using bullying tactics to shove ObamaCare down the throats of the citizens of the United States.
President Obama still has a close and public relationship with the SEUI, its president Andy Stern is a frequent visitor to the White House and is a unofficial advisor to the President. His current relationship with ACORN (who he used to work for as a lawyer and an instructor), is less certain.
According to a new report issued by the House Oversight Committee (full report embedded below), the relationship between ACORN and the SEIU remains strong and in fact, represents a criminal conspiracy.
The latest report contains documents that confirms previous findings that ACORN is responsible for thousands of fraudulent voter registrations across the country and has used taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda.
“Committee investigators have identified hundreds of ACORN bank accounts, shell organizations incorporated under different sections of the Internal Revenue code, and even an ACORN controlled accounting firm (Citizens Consulting Inc.) that helps ACORN obscure the true use of charitable donations and taxpayer funds,” reads the report, titled “Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies.” which is embedded below
“Documents and testimony from ACORN whistleblowers reveal that ACORN activities — despite contentions that they are intended to help the poor — fulfill a more self-serving and political purpose for ACORN.”
“Perceptions that ACORN is a charitable organization are simply wrong, and part of ACORN’s efforts to deceive the American people,” Issa said in a written statement. “ACORN is a political machine that uses a complex corporate web, connections to the SEIU, and powerful political allies to break laws in pursuit of a partisan agenda.””This report shines more disinfecting sunlight on ACORN’s secretive methods of abusing taxpayer funds and charitable donations,” he added.
Before “subprime” became a crisis, ACORN was active in the mortgage market, fighting in support of the policies that helped lay the groundwork for the banking collapse of 2008. ACORN lobbied legislators and banks to ensure that any person, regardless of credit history, income, or assets, would qualify for a mortgage. They mastered the art of pressuring banks – often through radical and controversial methods – to provide subprime loans to all comers. President Obama acted as a lawyer for ACORN in a lawsuit against Citibank forcing it to provide subprime loans. It was many of these “toxic” loans that defaulted and sparked the subprime mortgage crisis.
According to the report, ACORN used the threat of jeopardizing bank mergers and acquisitions to force banks into lending agreements with its housing division, allowing the group to reap profits from more than a billion dollars in loans to low-income neighborhoods, according to the report.
Some of the largest banks and lenders in the country, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, CitiBank, provided ACORN Housing with a total of $39.9 million, along with address and bank account information of at-risk homeowners to provide free counseling services, but ACORN used the information to recruit the homeowners, bringing in $48 million a year for the group, the report says.
The report also alleges that ACORN has an illegal agreement with the union powerhouse SEIU — a partnership that Republicans say is criminal and has been used to target political candidates, pressure banks and to threaten public officials with litigation to extract political compromises at the expense of taxpayers.
For example, ACORN has issued membership letters showing which banks caved in to the group’s pressure, created political plans targeting congressional districts to get sympathetic candidates elected and sent e-mails and legal complaints reflecting ACORN’s ability to coerce and compel public officials to meet certain demands. SEIU has provided ACORN with $5.6 million, the report states.
What the report doesn’t do is make the connection between President Obama, ACORN and the SEIU, which I have provided above. That should be the next focus of the next oversight report.